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 full coverage of The 3rd Annual Fantasy Band Draft, as well as spotted analysis of the bands that will form from them.
Many of the teams in this incarnation of the draft featured extremely well-rounded bands, with near-perfect cohesion from all five members (you’ll see which teams when we get to rankings). As with any great team though, all it takes is one weak link to break the chain. Here’s a list of teams that could have profited off selecting a player who went undrafted.
1. Band: They Came To Kill. Free Agent: Teppei Teranishi of Thrice.
This band was almost universally hated, after the coach selected Craig Owens of D.R.U.G.S. with the second pick of the draft. However, the following four members of his band, Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath (just rhythm guitar?), Andy Williams of Every Time I Die, Dave Grohl and Andy Trick of The Devil Wears Prada, are extremely strong. If Chamberlain was moved to vocals and Owens was replaced with Teppei Teranishi of Thrice on baritone guitar, I could see this band instantly jumping towards the top of a lot of lists. Teranishi’s guitar style would mesh extremely well with Williams’ and would give Chamberlain the opportunity to let his voice shine.
2. Band: Clean Head. Free Agent: Tim Very of Manchester Orchestra.
While I initially doubted Clean Head for picking their least important pick first, the band shaped up to be one of my favorites in the draft. A lineup consisting of members of Moving Mountains, Oceana, Thursday and Thrice is impossible to ignore. If I have one problem with this band, it’s the drummer. While I love Tyler Minsberg’s drumming with The Dangerous Summer, I’m not entirely convinced his style fits well with the other members of the band. The newest addition to Manchester Orchestra, Tim Very, is just as powerful of a drummer (if not more so) and has a much more similar background to the other members of the band. While Minsberg’s talents are undeniable, Very seems like a more logical fit.
3. Band Name: (yet to be revealed). Free Agent: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.
Fellow MEB-staffer Jacob Testa drafted one my favorite bands this year, surprisingly using several mainstream artists. While the trio of John Mayer, Michelle Branch and Forrest Kline (Hellogoodbye ) on vocals, he’s got a near perfect combo. However, I feel there is one addition that would be a better and more unique musical fit. If Mayer was substituted for Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Testa’s band might have found itself on the top of my list. The pairing of Koenig and Kline seems like a match made in heaven. Not to mention the fact that Vampire Weekend’s more indie/baroque styled instrumentation seems like it would fit better with the rhythm section of Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie and Jose Pasillas of Incubus.
4. Band Name: Ghouls. Free Agent: Phil Selway of Radiohead.
4. Tommy Lee isn’t the first drummer who jumps into my head when I think of someone fitting in a band with Kanye West, Sufjan Stevens, Trent Reznor and Chris Freeman of Manchester Orchestra. As a matter of fact, he is probably one of the last people I would have expected behind the kit, and it’s not a pleasant surprise. A drummer in the vein of Phil Selway of Radiohead would fit perfectly. With Selway drumming for Ghouls, the band could capitalize on a dark, ambient electronic sound. With Lee behind the kit, I have no idea what this band is going to sound like.
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.
Analysis of Picks 31-35.
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