Story by Aaron Mottershead.
Photos by Myles Materi/Aaron Mottershead.
On Saturday March 26, an epic battle rocked the night, as the University of Calgary GIG Club presented Battle of the Bands at the Blind Beggar pub, in Calgary, Alberta.
U of C’s Girls and Guys into Guitar club is known campus wide for their live music performances bi-weekly in the “empty space” and the campus bar.
This year the club has reached out to the community by bringing live music to cafes and pubs across the city.
The line up for the battle consisted of five bands from various genres, meaning there was something for everyone to enjoy.
The night opened on a good note when the “rock n’ roll power trio,” took the stage.
The Brigade boys consist of: Mark Ferguson, vocalist; Brett Halland, bassist; and Johnny Handsome, drums. Climbing fast in the emerging Calgary music scene, this will not be the last you hear of these gentlemen.
Red Cain returned to the stage once again after a two-year hiatus, the band came back stronger than ever.
They described themselves as a “modern melodic metal project,” and they know how to rock the stage. This is a band to keep an eye on for any metal music fans out there.
We Honest Men hit the stage next in their first ever show, but you would not be able to tell.
Their music is a unique blend of indie, folk and alternative rock. Honestly, you will not want to miss their next show.
Taking the stage adorned in astronaut helmets, this off-world group broke through the atmosphere of Calgary’s music scene with their new EP “Moon Men”.
Flipping burgers by day and rocking out by night, the trio has been “shaking the foundations of Calgary for all the oil-economy city is worth,” according to their bio.
U ofC GIG Club’s very own, Damp comically singing about the things most don’t want to talk about, Damp is sure to bring a smile to your face.
Founding members Geri Mayer-Judson, Michael Young and Ryan Dickinson formed the group as a joke, but Damp kept it going and the world is a better place for it.
Each band competed for various prizes, but in the end there could only be one winner.
It was a tough call for the judges table, consisting of Kate Walder, representative of New University Television (NUTV); Kendra Rogers, from CJSW 90.9fm, and Matt Dimaurio, from the Acadamy of Production and Recording Arts (APRA).
Ultimately Some Fellows came out on top, walking away with the grand prize, a recording session at The Beach Advanced Audio Recording studios.
Proud to be expanding their reach into the community, GIG Club president, Ajay Sahai said, “the Battle of the Bands pays homage to that primal part of student life; raw youth carving it’s way to a future.”
“Their style, emotion, lyrics and gravitas are all a projection of the experience in that moment of time that we as a community share,” said Sahai.
“Academia and the arts must go together and university is supposed to be the staging ground for pushing that realization.”
“A realization that allows for those engaged to be inspired, be more proactive and ultimately give birth to culture.”
“This is where youth begins.”