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 seventh special section on the draft, spotlighting picks #31-35 and completing the first round.
MEB staffer Dylan Powell chose to go the rookie route with his first pick, selecting Tim Landers of Transit. This is a great pick for the coach. While Landers won’t be leading the band in the singing department, his youthful energy is enough to carry a team. His guitar skills also put him towards the higher echelon of players in the scene. Definitely a fan-favorite from the first round. Again though, we have to wonder if he is a first round stretch.
PROS: One of the most talented pop/punk guitarists around. Can sing. CONS: Funny, funny face.
A bit of an odd pick here from Coach Flks. While Kenny Vasoli and The Starting Line were at one time known as one of the premier pop-punk acts, this isn’t the mid-2000s anymore. While his band has reunited, picking Vasoli this early comes off as a huge stretch. The talent and dual role as a bass player certainly make Vasoli first round worthy, though we had him pegged as an early second round pick and sidekick to a star. At least he will draw girls to the shows.
PROS: Strong vocalist who doubles as bassist, much loved musician. CONS:What kind of music is Kenny interested in making these days?
Well, it was bound to happen eventually. I’m just shocked The Wonder Years’ vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell wasn’t picked by an MEB staffer. Any coach looking for passionate lyrics and performances would be happy with Soupy and I’m sure his coach is ecstatic. Soupy is benefiting from a career year following TWY’s latest record and a huge showing at Warped this year, and the man has established himself as one of the scene’s most beloved frontmen. Like Rickly, it remains to be seen if Soupy is diverse enough musically to lead a team.
PROS: No one has passion like this dude. CONS: May force a band member to wear a pigeon suit.
This pick is very similar to Soupy in that Perdomo is benefiting from a career year. Another man with tons of passion and lyrics that are universally relatable. Like Vasoli, AJ will double as a vocalist and bassist, allowing another musician into his band. The band is at an all-time high with the release of War Paint, so this seems like a no-brainer. We will have to see if Perdomo can keep his opinionated mouth closed and play well with others, though.
PROS: Fan favorite, dual-positions. CONS: Is War Paint the best it will ever get?
Closing out the first round is an alternate Coach’s selection. Picking Urie is a smart move, as he is a versatile artist capable of singing multiple styles. This also paid off well for the coach, as she was allowed to make back-to-back picks, selecting the perfect compliment for Urie. It is important to keep his style to one of the two extremes: bombastic or reserved. He only seems to falter when he falls in between.
PROS: Diverse vocalist who can do a little of everything. CONS: Too pretty for his own good.
The 3rd Annual Fantasy Band Draft.
Analysis of Picks 1-5.
Analysis of Picks 6-10.
Analysis of Picks 11-15.
Analysis of Picks 16-20.
Analysis of Picks 21-25.
Analysis of Picks 26-30.
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