The Hard Rock Battle of the Bands is great indicator of new bands on the verge of entering a regular rotation on your iPod in months to come afterwards. Last week, GTA natives Uforia took the title after competing against the eccentric and lively Super Quest and the rockin’ Soul in Stone.
As soon as Uforia began their set, I instantly heard the influence of Benjamin Kowalewicz of Billy Talent in frontman Michael Ursini’s vocals and stage presence. With awesome transitions throughout the songs and a great onstage presence, this band definitely proved to be some great competition by starting the night off on a high note...an actual very high note when considering Ursini’s wicked vocal range.
Next up, Super Quest took the stage. With a sound reminiscent of true rock n’ roll and frontman John Whitten strongly resembling a very young Robert Plant, this band is one to watch for in the near future. Although they incurred some technical difficulties with unfortunate timing, their look and sound is one that is incomparable to what is out there right now and, for this reason, I feel like they will be destined for big things to come.
Soul in Stone rounded off the show with some great fan followers who came for support. In the end, Uforia did deserve the title and took it in stride. I think that you will definitely be hearing more of this band after they go on to rep Toronto for the global competition.
REVIEW OF THE WEEK:
Alternative Revival: A Book For Wanderers
I frequently find myself itching for some true alternative music that revives the 90’s nostalgia in me as soon as I put on my headphones, and the new self-titled album from A Book For Wanderers does just that.
As the latest solo project from Niagara native, Anthony Botting, A Book For Wanderers reawakens a classic alternative sound with a fresh, innovative spin. With personal track favourites of “Wanderer” and “Renegade”, Botting truly demonstrates his musical influences with haunting vocals and addictive progressions. Be sure to also lend an ear to “Lost Dogs”, with great lyrical content that grabs you from beginning to end.
It seems only a matter of time before I will be cruising with the windows down, singing along to the self-titled A Book for Wanderers on my iPod. If this album is any indication of where Anthony Botting will be headed, I am really looking forward to this great alternative genre revival that is long overdue.
To purchase the full album (I highly recommend it), check it out here.