Those of you who frequent the AbsolutePunk.net music forum should be familiar with a phenomena that has happened twice before: The Fantasy Band Draft. Ran by MEB Managing Editor Jack Appleby, the two fantasy drafts were wildly successful endeavors, earning over 100,000 combined page views, sparking great music discussion and getting the attention of several important figures, including The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon. We at MindEqualsBlown.net have decided to bring you pick-by-pick coverage of The 3rd Annual Fantasy Band Draft, as well as spotted analysis of the bands that will form from them.
With that being said, we present our thoughts on The Fantasy Band Draft: Picks #1-5.
This is a great pick, as Crescenzo has plenty of talent and the prowess to drive a team. A bit underwhelming as a first overall pick, but completely understandable as it is nearly impossible he would have slipped to the end of the second round. It will be interesting to see if he plays in a more reserved, leadership fashion similar to The Dear Hunter or a ballsier, team-player oriented role like he had with The Receiving End of Sirens. Solid pick to begin the draft.
PROS: Visionary, Multi-Instrumentalist. CONS: Can he co-create, or must he lead?
As an undrafted vocalist in both of the first two fantasy drafts, Owens’ selection as the #2 overall pick seems like quite a stretch. Grabbing a vocalist early on is universally encouraged, but Craig’s built nearly as many enemies as fans over the years. Still, no one would have expected D.R.U.G.S. to have the success of his former band Chiodos, yet it seems he’s maintained the same celebrity status. This pick will sell tickets and pack arenas, but his lack of leadership skills and overall ability may be too much to overcome.
PROS: Will sell LOTS of merch. CONS: limited talent, would have been available in rounds 4 or 5.
Turner is a fan-favorite around the league and has been for many years. This veteran will surely add some popularity and flavor to his yet-to-be-determined bandmates. He demands strong support from musicians, but with the right team, could do wonders. Who knows, he could surprise everyone and lead the league like he did in his early seasons.
PROS: Universally praised pick. Widely respected, talented musician. CONS: Best years may be behind him.
With the fourth pick, we have our first heavy-hitter of the draft via Greg Puciato. Though considered a great pick in the 1st Fantasy Band Draft, poor management led to an embarrassing performance, finishing as the second worst band. After sitting out the 2nd season, we expect Puciato to bounce back and deliver the strong performance we all expected from him the first time around. Look for this band to easily compete against other heavy acts and possibly sneak into the Final Five.
PROS: Would you question a guy built like that? CONS: Will the non-metalheads vote for him?
The praise for Vernon has been high this year thanks to a new Bon Iver release and the coveted Kanye Seal Of Approval. While his fans worship the man, rumblings are out that he may be overrated. However, his stock is definitely peaking and any general manager interested would have had to grab him early. Rumors around the league are that several other organizations were seeking Vernon’s skills and have completely re-strategized now that he’s off the board. #5 was a great place for him to go, and we’ll see which way his coach takes him this season.
PROS: In the prime of his career. Award-winning. CONS: Can he be surrounded by a better team than his Bon Iver bandmates?
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