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2nd Round Knock Out


On Sunday, February 24th, 2008, round two of "The Battle of the Bands" was held once again at Doc Watson's in Philadelphia. This round, six bands took the stage hoping they would advance to the next round. Amongst the semi talented acts was Volume Runner, clearly setting the bar and casting the other five bands back to Humble Ville where they should've stayed that night. Am I biased? Well, let me put it to you this way, I know talent when I hear it. If the other bands that came truly had talent, they didn't give it to me at all. (I am Simon Cowell's female clone) My musical standards are set way too high. Back to the review and let's break it down a bit.

As awesome as these guys were in round one, they really kicked it up for round two. There must've been something in the atmosphere because these guys got the crowd to beam with intensity. Todd Berry, lead singer of Volume Runner, was perfect on his vocals. He always has excellent crowd interaction by getting off the stage and becoming personal with the audience. Mark Kelleher rocked on drums. He did his now "infamous" beer spit from his set and into the crowd. Rich Schultz had his energy up higher this time, multi-tasking from guitar to keyboard like a pro would. Justin Shepard wailed on bass like Flea on ten Red bulls. This guy in intense! Snake played guitar like he was born with raw talent. He also sings back up and his voice is very complimentary to Todd's lead.

It's obvious that these are five average guys playing shows and having fun, but in my own opinion these are five very talented guys making their mark on the local music scene and quickly gaining recognition along the way.

So, did they ace round two? Of course they did. Two other bands made it as well and they will all be competing in round three, show soon to be announced. In the mean time, you can catch them again on April 15th, North Star Bar at 8:00pm. Get your ass out to the next Volume Runner show and see these guys rock the stage as they always so brilliantly do.

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krazi-Renee


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