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.
This is our fifth special section on the draft, spotlighting picks #21-25.
Very interesting pick here from MEB-staffer Erik van Rheenen. Murphy was well into his retirement, but this coach snatched the man up before his eligibility expired. Obviously, his band will follow a more electric route. The most intriguing aspect of this pick is that with Murphy, there are unlimited possibilities for picks in future rounds. If there’s anything wrong with this pick, it is that it may be a slight stretch and could have been saved for round 2, though Murphy certainly has the vision of a first round selection.
PROS:Far different from competitors, visionary. CONS: Will his talent go overlooked by voters who favor other genres?
Following the rookie pick of Murphy is one of our more veteran picks, Radiohead’s chief sound architect Jonny Greenwood. The last two years, Greenwood’s groups have fallen towards the bottom of the packs, with too many stars battling in the respective indie rock bands. While Greenwood’s talent is unquestionable, he would do best in a band with people who mesh well together, instead of an all-star lineup packed with egos. If his new General Manager fills out the lineup right, this could be a top team.
PROS:Has Jonny Greenwood’s Brain. CONS: Radiohead members don’t have cons.
A very, very good pick here from the GM late in the first round. A rookie (surprisingly) to the league, Rickly has more than enough experience and talent to carry a band. His highly energetic live performances and status as a fan-favorite is sure to bring this team a lot of attention. The only downside to this pick could be Rickly has done little to show versatility outside of the post-hardcore genre, with hints only showing up in the band’s latest album. Will have to wait for the band to fill out to make a decision.
PROS: Strong, passionate frontman. CONS: One signature sound is about all he’s got.
Monae was looked at as a surprising pick last year, and is even more shocking this year. A poor performance in her first season made a sophomore year unlikely, but Muzik Dizcovery’s Casey Whitman was determined to make the singer shine. Our grade on this selection has to be incomplete until we see who she’s paired with.
PROS: Talented, diverse vocalist. CONS: Not a scene favorite.
With perhaps the highest regarded coach/player matchup in terms of past performances, MEB Managing Editor Jack Appleby may have pushed himself into the higher echelon of the teams this year. Stump has finished well both seasons, earning a silver medal and a final five finish; Appleby is the only coach/manager to appear in the final five every season. Rumors are swirling that Appleby will take the band in a funky direction, which screams of Stump’s solo days. Even more odd is the coach’s claim that Stump isn’t his lead vocalist.
PROS: Incredible range, multi-instrumentalist. CONS:Yeah, he’s skinny now, but we did love those sideburns.