Atticus wins Thursday night's Battle of the Bands

Atticus won the Battle of the Bands and the $150 cash prize, but all groups came out to have fun and be heard.

"This was the first talent show we've done with Atticus." said Matt Cazze, drummer. "I think that we really worked the crowd well."

There was a tie for third place, between The Andy Ober Orchestra and Used. Second place was given to Northern Kind.

Six bands from all over Indiana, many from Ball State, rocked the stage Thursday night at Pruis Hall.

The night began with Northern Kind, which describes its music as funk/classic guitar rock. Manager Dean Stringfield is a 1995 Ball State alumnus. The band is composed of Bill Bramer on bass guitar, Vince Stringfield on lead vocals and "Toaster" on drums and back-up vocals.

Following Northern Kind was Shinky. This band is composed of three Ball State students, sophomores Kyle Ferguson on drums and backup vocals and Michael Bookmyer on guitar and lead vocals, and freshman Quinn Liggett on bass.

All members were very energetic and got the crowd involved in the evening. Shinky will be preforming at 8 tonight at 'FN Music.

The Flu followed Shinky in the evenings lineup. As promised, The Flu offered a number of different song styles during its time on stage. Songs featured many guitar solos and a tambourine.

As part of the performance, during the final song, guitar player Mike May received a phone call on his cell phone, then handed the phone to lead singer Bob Seaton. Seaton talked for a few moments before hanging up and shrugging his shoulders, wondering who would call during the middle of a concert.

Used gave a very intense performance following The Flu. Members of Used include Cody Huff on lead vocals, Wes Hayden on lead guitar, Will Hall on bass and Jesse Lang on drums.

Hayden described the music as "progressive post hardcore." The band's style of music and quasi-mosh pit made this very clear.

Used has performed in many Indiana cities and in Illinois during the one year they have been together. The band placed first in a Battle of the Bands competition in Hoopston, Ill.

The Andy Ober Orchestra took the stage after Used. This band was unlike the previous bands, in that all songs were parodies of popular songs.

The group did a parody of Afroman's "Because I Got High," creating "Because I'm a Mime." During the performance, the band used a mime as a prop to act the song's lyrics.

The last group of the night was winner Atticus. Members of this band have been together since high school and are spread out across Indiana, coming from Purdue and Indiana University. Members include Cazze on drums, Mason Hewitt on vocals, Bill Adams on guitar, Ian Palmer on keyboard and Jason Kading on bass Guitar.

Hewitt describes the group's sound as a mixture creative modern and classic rock. Details about the band and its upcoming events can be seen at

"This is a real learning experience, to see other bands and the styles of music,'' Hewitt said.


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