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 second special section on the draft, spotlighting picks #6-10. For picks #1-5, click here.
Sources say that AP.net staff member Thomas Nassiff was jumping for joy when he heard Fallon slipped all the way to the sixth pick. Seemingly a Top 5 lock, this mix of general manager and musician is a deadly one; a mutual admiration for Springsteen will bond these two for life. This is a major steal here, as Fallon has value on a multitude of instruments to accompany his strong vocals and songwriting skills. After the successful American Slang record and upcoming The Horrible Crowes disc, Fallon’s stock is at an all-time high. Watch this pairing closely though, as we hear Nassiff has plans for some highly unexpected draft picks in the next few rounds.
PROS: It’s Brian Fallon. CONS: Will we let Nassiff live this down?
Though Buckley has been one of hardcore’s most-beloved frontman, the vocalist has twice gone undrafted. MEB staffer Pat Haynes changed that this year, making the Every Time I Die / The Damned Things singer a lottery pick. Other general managers were seen applauding the pick, even calling Haynes’ band an early favorite. One would assume this band will directly compete with #4 pick Greg Puciato’s band in the heavy department. Sources say that Buckley is only one of two vocalists in this band, begging the question: who the hell do you dare stand next to Keith?
PROS: Powerful. Respected. Hysterical. CONS: Will he overpower a second vocalist?
No one questions the talents of Brennan Taulbee; his screams, cleans, guitar playing and programming are all well-respected. The question here is why he was a lottery pick. It’s a bit of a head scratcher, as we’d assume that Taulbee would be available towards the end of the draft. We have to assume the GM wanted to showcase Brennan as his star, though we wonder if he missed a great opportunity to grab a true franchise player. We’ll see if there will be enough band recognition to get this band votes.
PROS: Mysterious pick will make competitors wonder. CONS: Will band cohesiveness and talent outweigh the lack of recognition?
Sometimes you have to reach to get your guy, and Rock The Walls brainchild Patrick Walford knew just that. Early draft boards had Pierre pegged as a mid-to-late first rounder, though only due to the plethora of vocalists available. Justin’s talents are certainly lottery pick worthy: his witty lyricism and tremendous voice could easily lead a team to victory. Playing for MEB Staffer/Coach Erik Van Rheenan in season one, Pierre teamed with Andrew McMahon to form The Double-Take, which finished in the top ten. The wild-haired singer is definitely a dark horse here.
PROS: Famous GM, Talented musician. CONS: Hair gel is expensive.
While Moreno is a good pick on paper, this is one of the more polarizing picks from the first round. Moreno has been known to deliver award-winning performances on albums, like Deftones’ White Pony and Diamond Eyes, but he also phones in occasional lack-luster performances like on Team Sleep during his brief free-agent period. If Moreno is backed with the right band, he can lead a team to glory. But with the wrong players (or a phoned-in performance) the band can drop significantly in value. The star power is definitely there though, and Chino can be worthy of a top ten selection. This pick will be made or broken by the second and third round selections.
PROS: High name recognition, high talent. CONS: Highly inconsistent.
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