And the Lord did say, "Lay down thy votes on those to be judged before thee".
There's an old wives' tale that if you say Tamarak three times to a mirror then they appear and give you dyslexia
For real though, this is a heat that will be decided in the soundcheck. If Tamarack and Incarnal can control their sounds well then they will shoot ahead, but that is much easier said than done. I just don't think that Incanal will be that sober...
Are Haystack actually country/western?
Another slew of 4 exciting (if meaningless) names and one band I've heard before. YAY SO MANY VARIABLES
Voted for Temorick because prog, but secretly rooting for my bearded drummer buddy in Incarnal.
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn, what an evening, and what a result! Well done to everyone, but particularly Haystack and Tamarack!
This competition (read: Adam Thompson) is so cruel. Tamarack were great, definite Misplaced Childhood-era Marillion vibes in the main melody of that last tune.
I hold a deep seated belief that all members of Haystack have meticulously constructed the lives and backstories of their on-stage personas.
Seriously though, a great testament to the talented multi-instrument members of bandsoc.
Thompson did nothing wrong. Bring on the comments.
So - what a story for those who didn't make it last night and haven't heard yet!
This competition (read: Adam Thompson) is so cruel. Tamarack were great...
Tamarack were great. Really, really great, and I placed them in first, by half a point. They also got 1st from Fin and joint 1st from Tim. Haystack got 2nd (Fin), 2nd (me) and joint 1st (Tim). So a flat win for Tamarak then?
BUT THEN KABOOM - whilst exiting the stage Tamarak whipped out a cable, big tube KADOOSH and the crowd was in uproar. As a judge, I ALWAYS knock a point off professionalism for the cable whip - it is literally in my bio in the programme this year. I do this as an absolute rule - it doesn't just sound bad - it causes wear on the amps and, at the end of the day, costs Bandsoc money. While I had Tamarack in 1st and Haystack in 2nd, this was based on scores of 21.5 (Haystack) and 21 (Tamarack) respectively, so THAT SINGLE NEGATIVE POINT resulted in a 1st/2nd switch on my part, and brought Tamarack down and Haystack up into joint first overall.
This left us in a gut-instinct-judge's-decision situation, which we discussed as a trio. We had a 2/1 split on our choice for the final (no details from me on who picked which band), but agreed that we felt that, WITHIN THE REALMS OF WHAT THEY WERE GOING FOR (remember this - it's key), Haystack had ever so slightly taken it. While they were essentially a joke band playing completely run-of-the-mill no-brains country "music", the set was genuinely funny and the creativity factor came from the humour of the performance, which I personally feel is a rarity in BOTB. Their musicianship, songwriting, professionalism and stage show were all also uttely on point. Tamarack, despite a much higher level of originality in the composition, were just not quite as tight and that impacted our decision ever so slightly, which was all we needed. Such a tough decision, tough heat, great bands.
This is what BOTB is about.
HANG US. HANG US ALL.