February 4, 2002
Cedarcrest Battle of the Bands is this Saturday
Local band Roundabout to announce release of first CD
by Valley View staff
Roundabout, the local rock group selected as "Seattle's Best Original Pop Band" last spring, will announce their debut CD release during the 3rd annual Battle of the Bands on Feb. 9 at Cedarcrest High School.
The event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, will feature 10 other local area bands including Flasque (last year's winner), Finding Zero Hour, Point Defect, The Hooligans, After Dust, Weak Link, Private Stock, Who's Your Daddy, Sick Puppy and Flay.
Roundabout's 30-minute set will include the winning contest song "Can I Keep You," which was played on national satellite radio in January.
This is the largest fund-raising event of the year for the Cedarcrest music department and has become the biggest single all-age show event on the Eastside. Last year's attendance was over 600 kids. The event is sponsored by RHYTHM (Riverview Helping Youth to Have Music), Main Street Music.com, Mackie, Funky Monkey 104.9, Pacific Music and Seattle Sound Systems.
Judges will include Terry Young and Andy Baldwin of Rail (famous local band of the '70s, '80s) Tom Pfaeffle (sound engineer of Queensryche), Neil Morris (booking agent for ENTCO International) and Kirby Walls, guitar tech for many area musicians.
The show will be emceed by guest host Mark Shoop; as "Austin Powers," courtesy of NETCO International Inc.
Because of the announcement of Roundabout's CD release, this engagement will be special for the four young musicians who met and began playing together while they were students at Cedarcrest. Roundabout is comprised of brothers Brandon and Devin Bazemore, drummer and vocalist respectively, and guitarists Tim Borquez and Mike Rapson. Their diligence and long hours of practice have paid off, not only with the CD, labeled "Drift," but an ever-increasing fan base that has been shadowing them for the past year as they toured the local all-age show scene.
Their music has been compared to Blink 182, Green Day, Third Eye Blind and Sum 41.
Band manager Don Bazemore, father of Devin and Brandon, says the group will be working hard to fill their debut CD tour calendar for the upcoming year, adding their goal is to sign a record deal this year and hopefully tour nationally. All their songs are original and written by the band.
"They are doing well," he said. "My job is to get them into as many shows as possible and we expect the show calendar to get pretty full quickly."
The new show features many new songs they have been working on, he said, which would be on their next CD, hopefully released this year with the help of a record label, or on their own.
Besides their music careers, both Brandon and Tim are studying business at the University of Washington, Devin is a music student at Bellevue Community College and works part time, and Mike has a full-time job.
The band has decided to donate one-half of the profit of the CD sales to the Cedarcrest music department. They can be contacted by visiting their Website at www.thebandroundabout.com.
Tickets to Battle of the Bands are $6 at the door. Cedarcrest High School is located at 29000 N.E. 150th in Duvall.