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Review of the Allentown "Push Play" competition

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Some of you might not have heard of this, (maybe most of you haven't) but yesterday there was a kind of "Battle of the Bands" thing going down in a city called Allentown (about an hour from Philly.) Me and my friends are huge local band supporters, and go to any kind of locals concert in the area, so we went down and it was pretty good.

The bands that were there: 39 Goodbyes (played1st) Johnny Scarangello (played 2nd) Vose (played 3rd) Amanda Thorpe (played 4th) and Rachel Copeland (played 5th)

My review (and I was totally right! haha I should have been a judge)

39 Goodbyes- The average kind of blink-182 meets Good Charlotte, run-of-the-mill college band sound. Not saying it was bad, just saying it was very safe and boring to me. The lead singer also sounded like he had a cyst in his throat. But that's my opinion, form one yourself : http://www.myspace.com/39goodbyes

John Scarangello- Nice music, but same critique as above; boring, safe, it sounded like he was playing the same songs over and over. And it was funny because his family was there (they were also friends of my family which is another reason why we went) and they were clapping & singing along, like it was the greatest thing they ever heard (to be expected, I know, but it was kind of annoying.) I would say that the only thing that made him interesting (as he his a newbie at playing out and is far from perfect) was his father's guitar solos. If it wasn't for that, it would be very plain. http://myspace.com/jms

Vose- These guys were obviously very experienced because they owned the stage completely. It was a little bit of AFI w/ a little Metallica w/ Nirvana... They had a lot of energy and a reasonable amount of goth groupies. I liked this band. The lead singers' voice was a little too close to yodeling for me (you know what I mean) but it was cool. Very loud, but something different. They were also very in sync playing w/ each other. http://www.myspace.com/vosemusic

Amanda Thorpe- Fucking LOVED this girl. She is only sixteen years old and has the voice of a down and out woman. Very light and pretty but always supported, kind of like Reg. Her lyrics weren't the average "Love is like a River" or w/e, they were more off the beaten path poetic. Easy to follow, but she always threw in some kind of weird simile or metaphor that stood out from the rest of the words. It was just her and her guitar though, which made it sound a little hollow, keyboard violins or something in the background would have filled it out a bit more, but nonetheless, it was lovely acoustic music. http://www.myspace.com/amandagthorpe

Last, and yes least, Rachel Copeland- ugh... Not sure what to say about this. It was kind of like wannabe Evanescence/Lacuna Coil weird keyboard and bass crap. The music over-powered her voice that was very girly and nasal, but nice enough, and she didn't own the stage at all. She strutted awkwardly back and forth, looking like a goose because of the leather stiletto boots she was wearing. She also tried doing a little Shakira hip rocking/breast popping action to get the audience's attention, but you could tell as soon as she got on the stage that she wasn't experienced at all. So, if anything she looked like a rock star, but we all know it takes more than that in the local world. http://www.myspace.com/rachelcopeland

Anyways, the placing went as follows:

3rd: Johnny Scarangello (won 100$. His mother was saying that it was disgusting that he got third. My ass! Five bands were picked out of an original 24 bands, so really 3rd out of 24 is not too shabby.)

2nd: Vose (got &150 and recorded one official demo)

1st: Amanda Thorpe, and she definitely deserved it. She won $200 and time in an Allentown studio to record two official demos and send them off to another studio in NY. I squealed, I was so excited for her.

So yeah, I guessed the top three right, except I thought maybe Vose would win because the judges seemed to be more like rockers, but I was close enough. I hope you guys will check Amanda out, she's really pretty good. It's her potential that makes it interesting, I think Smiler

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Some of you might not have heard of this, (maybe most of you haven't) but yesterday there was a kind of "Battle of the Bands" thing going down in a city called Allentown (about an hour from Philly.) Me and my friends are huge local band supporters, and go to any kind of locals concert in the area, so we went down and it was pretty good.

The bands that were there: 39 Goodbyes (played1st) Johnny Scarangello (played 2nd) Vose (played 3rd) Amanda Thorpe (played 4th) and Rachel Copeland (played 5th)

My review (and I was totally right! haha I should have been a judge)

39 Goodbyes- The average kind of blink-182 meets Good Charlotte, run-of-the-mill college band sound. Not saying it was bad, just saying it was very safe and boring to me. The lead singer also sounded like he had a cyst in his throat. But that's my opinion, form one yourself : http://www.myspace.com/39goodbyes

John Scarangello- Nice music, but same critique as above; boring, safe, it sounded like he was playing the same songs over and over. And it was funny because his family was there (they were also friends of my family which is another reason why we went) and they were clapping & singing along, like it was the greatest thing they ever heard (to be expected, I know, but it was kind of annoying.) I would say that the only thing that made him interesting (as he his a newbie at playing out and is far from perfect) was his father's guitar solos. If it wasn't for that, it would be very plain. http://myspace.com/jms

Vose- These guys were obviously very experienced because they owned the stage completely. It was a little bit of AFI w/ a little Metallica w/ Nirvana... They had a lot of energy and a reasonable amount of goth groupies. I liked this band. The lead singers' voice was a little too close to yodeling for me (you know what I mean) but it was cool. Very loud, but something different. They were also very in sync playing w/ each other. http://www.myspace.com/vosemusic

Amanda Thorpe- Fucking LOVED this girl. She is only sixteen years old and has the voice of a down and out woman. Very light and pretty but always supported, kind of like Reg. Her lyrics weren't the average "Love is like a River" or w/e, they were more off the beaten path poetic. Easy to follow, but she always threw in some kind of weird simile or metaphor that stood out from the rest of the words. It was just her and her guitar though, which made it sound a little hollow, keyboard violins or something in the background would have filled it out a bit more, but nonetheless, it was lovely acoustic music. http://www.myspace.com/amandagthorpe

Last, and yes least, Rachel Copeland- ugh... Not sure what to say about this. It was kind of like wannabe Evanescence/Lacuna Coil weird keyboard and bass crap. The music over-powered her voice that was very girly and nasal, but nice enough, and she didn't own the stage at all. She strutted awkwardly back and forth, looking like a goose because of the leather stiletto boots she was wearing. She also tried doing a little Shakira hip rocking/breast popping action to get the audience's attention, but you could tell as soon as she got on the stage that she wasn't experienced at all. So, if anything she looked like a rock star, but we all know it takes more than that in the local world. http://www.myspace.com/rachelcopeland

Anyways, the placing went as follows:

3rd: Johnny Scarangello (won 100$. His mother was saying that it was disgusting that he got third. My ass! Five bands were picked out of an original 24 bands, so really 3rd out of 24 is not too shabby.)

2nd: Vose (got &150 and recorded one official demo)

1st: Amanda Thorpe, and she definitely deserved it. She won $200 and time in an Allentown studio to record two official demos and send them off to another studio in NY. I squealed, I was so excited for her.

So yeah, I guessed the top three right, except I thought maybe Vose would win because the judges seemed to be more like rockers, but I was close enough. I hope you guys will check Amanda out, she's really pretty good. It's her potential that makes it interesting, I think Smiler

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