by Tracy Krupitzer, Staff Writer
Ten bands. One winner, decided more fairly this year, using ballots instead
of last year’s decision-making process, whoever received the loudest cheers
from the crowd. The show started at 6:45, on Monday, November 8th, 2004. First
on stage was the Christian-rock band, Wednesday Chaos. “It was a privilege
to play among my peers.” said Chris Johnson.
Publik Affairs, the third-place sophomore punk band, was on second. This was lead singer and bassist Travis Petsock’s second time playing the battle, having performed with second-placers, Fool’s Paradise, last year. “All the bands were great. It was a really fun event to play, I can’t wait until next year,” Travis said.
Viadora played the first time this year, with seniors Aaron Sedlacek, Tim Palek, Sam Intihar, and a member of West Geauga’s class of ’04, Geoff Protz. “It rocked, especially Life Upon Request,” Aaron told the Whirlwind, noting Sam’s other commitment. “Underoath rocks.” Aaron added as an afterthought, shamelessly promoting his favorite band and biggest musical influence.
“Battle of the Bands was really fun,” Life Upon Request drummer Alex Shoupe said. “It was a great experience and I hope to do it next year.”
The Strupets, the battle’s only ska band, is made up of Adam Klauss, Joe Pitts, Wes Gilligan, Bill LaCava, Dan Butters, Armand DeSapri, David Wilchek, and Frank Cosenza. This was The Strupets – who up until the show had no name – first time at the battle, but they earned a lot of fans and respect for being the only band of their kind that night. Winners Kill the Red Light went on the stage at 8:15. Sheep covered the Modest Mouse song, “Float On.” The Mitties were back this year with Bill LaCava, Rob Goehrke, and Ben Carter. Last on stage was the all-girl band, Ragdoll Radio.