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.
Even though we’re in the 3rd season of the Fantasy Band Draft, there are still some rookies who are looking to make a splash for the first time in the world of hypothetical/fictional music. Let’s take a look.
MEB Staffer Pat Haynes has a pair of rookies already via #7 pick Keith Buckley and #64 pick George Pettit. The Every Time I Die and Alexisonfire vocalists were both strong selections on their own, but together should stand a strong chance of taking down even the most veteran of hardcore bands. Look for this band to directly compete against two-time participant Greg Puciato’s band in the surprisingly thin competition for heavy musical dominance.
A mainstay in the emo genre, Rickley is making his debut as part of a one-two punch with dynamic drummer Brian Lane of Brand New. One of only a select few emo-based outfits on the board, Rickley’s easily-recognizable name will help catapult his band higher into the rankings, carrying the rest of the team on the clout of his star power and powerful voice.
Riding on the nearly-universal praise garnered for War Paint, lead singer AJ Perdomo was thrust into his first fantasy band with unlikely veteran bandmate Chris Conley. With Perdomo’s silky-smooth lower register and Conley’s one-of-a-kind high pitched delivery, their coach will need to split singing duties, or risk having one powerful voice overtaking the other. Perdomo’s stock is at his highest, and his career year should give his team a boost.
Evan Weiss delivers as a song-writer in both quantity and quality, and somewhere between his behemoth 52 Weeks project and his 12 Towns, has collected himself a strong following. Having a new, well-hyped album on the way will keep his momentum going forward in the draft, alongside strangely paired guitarist and co-vocalist Wade MacNeil of Gallows. Weiss’s unparalleled versatility makes him one of the more well-rounded personalities of this year’s rookie batch.
We may have saved the best for last. Soupy has been tearing down stages and hearts with a killer show at Warped Tour and The Wonder Years‘ new record, Suburbia: I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing. Having Laura Nichol of Heartsounds as a side-kick only will strengthen Soupy’s rookie campaign. A Final Five finish is certainly a possibility here, and there’s a good chance it’s all because of Soupy.
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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