Northwest NEWS

May 10, 1999

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Teen Battle of the Bands planned for Friday, May 14


One of the bands facing off at the Teen Battle of the Bands will be MayDay, an alternative/pop rock group featuring original material. Members are (left to right) Laith Frites, Terry McWilliams, and Chas Hoppe.
Photo by Bill Hoppe.


Oxymoron is a blues/alternative/rock band. Members include (left to right) Shea Isely, James Ryan, Garret Bickerdike, and Cresap Watson.


Members of NiKol are Nick Roth, Justin Desilet, Ben Dietzen, and Brian King.

   The question of which teen band in the Northshore area is the best will be answered Friday, May 14, at the Woodinville High School gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Local teen rock, punk, blues, and pop bands will battle for the honor at the community-wide Teen Battle of the Bands.

   Members of the audience and judges will determine the winner. Awards will be given to the top three bands. The winner will have the opportunity to cut their own CD at MARS Recording Studio and be tutored in the music recording industry by former Heart guitarist Roger Fisher.

   Six Northshore bands have been selected to play for the competition:

   Liquid Fast has been playing together since August 1998. The current band line-up includes Mike Sherman, Adam Dilger, and Lance Belka. One of the three is home-schooled; the others attend Leota and Northshore junior highs. They have performed their original material at local teen and youth events and have been working on studio recording projects.

   The Janitors are made up of four self-proclaimed punks: Brad Matthews on lead guitar and back-up vocals, Ryan Holmes on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Ian Shephard on bass and backup vocals, and Austin Hajjar on drums. They all attend Woodinville High School. A true garage band, they started their career playing in Hajjar's garage; from there, they've gone on to perform at local schools and events.

   MayDay is an alternative/pop rock band that performs original songs. The group is made up of Woodinville High School students Chas Hoppe on guitar and vocals, Terry McWilliams on bass, and Laith Frites on drums. In addition to performing at various local shows, they also have a website, Chimp Central, featuring pictures, sound clips, and lyrics.

   The F.B.I. is a local "punk-rawk" band that has performed locally and at Music-Go-Round and Express-Your-Self studios. Founded in 1997, the band is made up of Ryan O'Toole, Jonathon Russell, and P.J. O'Donnell, who play a mix of original and cover songs. Members of the group attend both Skyview and Kenmore junior high schools.

   NiKol describes themselves as "the product of post-grunge, death metal, and genetic engineering that slam dances with the anarchistic overtones of anti-pop punk rock." NiKol's influences are varied and wide-ranging with their own creative sources, including Nick Roth, bass and vocals; Justin Desilet, lead guitar and backup vocals; Ben Dietzen, drums, percussion; and Brian King, rhythm guitar. The band members attend Woodinville High and Heritage Christian School.

   Oxymoron is a blues/alternative/rock band that is made up of Timbercrest Junior High students Shea Isely, James Ryan, Garret Bickerdike, and Cresap Watson. The band has played together for the past four months. Their sets are mostly cover tunes with some original songs mixed in.

   The Teen Battle of the Bands is produced by Woodinville Parks & Recreation along with help from Morgan Sound Company, Roger Fisher of MARS Recording Studio, Mills Music of Bothell, American Music, Danny's Music, and Pacific Music.

   Tickets are on sale at Woodinville City Hall for $4 per person. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door before the event. Additional information is available by calling (425) 489-2700.