Six bands fought for a title, two survived as runner ups, but only one band was crowned victorious at Student Association’s Battle of the Bands Tuesday.
First Place: The Roommates
Members Zach Holderness, Isaac Liston, Geoffrey Graff, David Ahrens, Jak Parker, Dalton Malone and Samuel Prithiv wowed the crowd. Their first song “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon brought audience members running from their seats to the front of the stage. The crowd went wild yet again when the band played Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.
“We chose songs people could sing along to,” said Holderness. “We wanted to have fun while highlighting each members’ talents. If we had to pick a favorite it would definitely be Tarzan’s ‘You’ll Be in my Heart,’” said Ahrens.
The crowd’s excitement and energy lasted throughout the entire set.
Second Place: Fishgang
Members B.J. Fisher, Sheldon Young, Dein-rené Amazan, Luke Lewis, David Collins and Josh Nanna performed hits such as “Sober” by Childish Gambino, “7/11” by Beyoncé and an original song “Wasting Your Time.” Young said they wanted to pick songs to make a statement.
“Our favorite part though was the stuff we didn’t plan, like jumping in the crowd. That was awesome,” said Fisher.
It was evident the crowd enjoyed Fishgang. Audience members sang along and danced at the front of the stage. Fishgang members have been together since their freshman year and have enjoyed playing together, but this was the band’s last performance. Many of the members are graduating or transferring at the end of the semester, Nanna said.
Third Place: Gibraltar
Members Seth Reese, Seth Turner, Scott Miner and Morgan Sprouse performed for the first time at Battle of the Bands. They impressed the audience with their acoustic tone and song choices including an original song written by Reese, “Nina” by Ed Sheeran and “Wasteland” by Needtobreathe.
“My favorite part was getting to create the entire set and make it unique,” said Sprouse.
Despite coming in third place, the group of young men remained optimistic about future performances. Keep an eye out for more from Gibraltar.