Guitar Shop TV is excited to present October’s six Artist Showcase finalists. We have received thousands of submissions from great bands around the world and we think this month’s finalists are pretty special. Our October Winner will be announced early next month based on the band receiving the largest number of votes from our viewers around the world.
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Without further ado, here are our October finalists:
Hailing from Northern Ireland, Belfast rockers Unquiet Nights have already garnered international attention for their soulful, impassioned brand of edgy indie guitar pop. Armed with “big ideas, big songs and a big sound,” the Northern Irish trio made Under the Radar magazine’s Best of 2010 sampler and have had several tracks featured in TV sports segments. Check out this incendiary live clip of the lads ripping it up on “Shoulda Said Something,” and see why Unquiet Nights, which is comprised of singer/guitarist Luke Mathers, drummer Rodger Firmin and bassist John Rossi, is winning fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
Half Drawn is Reading, PA rock outfit that has a knack for writing and delivering riff-laden, alt rock proto-anthems a la Weezer. The band also possesses an appealing unwillingness to take themselves too seriously, which coupled with their catchy yet biting sound would seem to render them a readymade find for alternative/indie rock radio. Half Drawn is comprised of vocalist Nick Schwenk, guitarist Robert Tyrrell, bassist Javier Pedraza and drummer Jayme Hinnershitz. Catch the boys in action in this video clip for “Ascension.”
It’s easy to like any band that maintains a self-proclaimed belief that “salvation can be reached through a beat-up Telecaster.” California country rockers, the Fallen Stars are just such a band. The five-piece Huntington Beach outfit is built around the warm, infectious vocal harmonies of bassist Tracy Byrnes and her guitarist husband Bobbo. The duo are backed by Hammond B3 player Geoff Geib and drummer Gary O’Yeah. The Fallen Star’s laidback appeal and enthusiasm for blending elements of mid-70s rock with country and punk are all on display in this breezy, black and white video clip for “Glad.”
The Dirty Names
Any band that bills themselves as the “best Rock & Roll band next to the Rolling Stones,” obviously isn’t short on confidence. Annapolis-based rock revivalists, the Dirty Names are indeed possessed of an almighty swagger that harkens back to the glory days of Mick, Keith and the boys. But like the White Stripes, the Dirty Names provide an updated version of the ‘70s classic rock sound. Front man Harrison Cofer’s sneering, Jaggeresque tenor is underscored by the six-string stylings of lead guitarist Kit Whiticar and a rhythm section comprised of drummer Matt Rose and bassist Sam Wetterau. Catch the Dirty Names at their bad boy best in this balletic video for “Salt Water Jackie.”
It’s obviously tempting to label any driving, crunching Gibson SG powered all-girl rock band as a female version of AC/DC. But seeing as Yakima, WA-based rock vixens Jaggedy Ann’s independently released debut album was produced by Phil Rudd, drummer for the legendary Aussie rock group, you’d not be far off the mark in this case. Jaggedy Ann was formed in 2002 and are currently comprised of vocalist Gayla Dawn, lead guitarist Leona “Leo” Marie drummer Holly Nichole and bassist Claudia. Watch the ladies as they strut their stuff in this tantalizing and explosive video clip for “Shot of Gasoline.”
Swedish alt rockers, Pound were formed in 2004 from the ashes the pop/rock group, Universal Puppies. It was singer/guitarist Stefan Altzar’s desire to craft a harder edged sound that led him to form Pound, which also consists of bassist Christian Larsson, drummer Samuel Granath, guitarist Janne Korpela and keyboardist Kalle Sandstrom. The band has developed a distinct style that successfully merges elements of hard rock with contemporary indie sounds. Their debut album was released in 2009 and produced by ex-TNT frontman, Tony Harnell. Currently the band is working on a follow-up release. Watch Pound in action in this artful, edgy video clip for “Fool You.”