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Who doesn't love a band comp?
It's back again - Ric's Exposed - a band comp running on Sunday nights at Ric's Bar in the Brunswick St Mall. I popped down for the second heat and saw some great talent.
The night kicked off with Dance To Blackout (pictured below), a three-piece who entertained the crowd with their indie-pop-rock tunes. They closed their set with a track from their EP which made good use of dynamics between soft and loud. Check out Dance To Blackout on Facebook here and on soundcloud here.
Next up was Bone Collective (pictured below). Known as Little Blue Dogs when I reviewed them here, I was looking forward to some more dirty progressive acid-blues goodness from this five-piece band. I was suitably impressed, their opening track delivering eight solid minutes of aural bliss, followed by another couple of awesome tracks. Commanding much more presence than the first band, it was unsurprising that they won the heat of the night. More about Bone Collective on Facebook here.
Third on the night was Tagline (pictured below), who was a little more pop-punk, with a driving rock sound. Another good band, who delivered a number of great songs, you can find them on Facebook here and listen to tracks of theirs on Triple J Unearthed here.
There were a total of five bands on the night, including one of my favourite straight-up rock'n'roll bands Race Of The Harridan (previously reviewed here) and Imperius Rex (who I didn't get a chance to see).
Ric's Exposed Band Comp is running heats now and if it's anything like last year heat will run each Sunday, with semi-finals and finals in August. Wanna enter your band? Email Krystn your band bio and links here.
The winner will receive $1000 cash from Captain Morgan, and other prizes from James Squire, Time Off Magazine, Judith Wright Centre, Candy Shop TV and West End Music, as well as a support slot at Valley Fiesta 2013.