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Every year, top bands from all over the state gather at Muckleshoot Casino to compete in Battle of the Puget Sound Bands! Nine bands, three rounds, but only one winner. And, the audience determines the winner.

Round 1 is Thursday, July 5 at 8pm so make sure you attend what will be a tremendous night of free entertainment. The competing bands will be Garage Heroes, Luca Mar and Sin Circus. We had each band tell us what they’re all about.

Garage Heroes:

Garage Heroes

Q: How did your band come up with your name?

A: We get a kick out of playing with words. It all started when Paul, our lead singer, was learning how to play guitar in his basement… playing Guitar Hero. No joke. We started as a bunch of friends who were mostly in other bands, except Paul. He invited us to jam above his garage and eventually convinced us to start a band with him. Garage Heroes was the name he came up with (a mashup of Garage Band and Guitar Hero) so that we could perform at our first open mic as a band. The name stuck.

Q: What inspires your band and music?

A: We have a very eclectic taste in music—progressive rock, blues, classic rock, heavy metal and grunge. What holds us together is a common love of heavy blues-inspired rock of the early 70s. That era is a deep well that inspires even the newer bands we like. We figure it’s a good place to quench our thirsts and we love expanding the boundaries of that genre. The narrative in our lyrics varies from epic metaphor that address everything from cultural topics to personal stories—often with a sprinkling of oddity.

Q: What’s your favorite moment as a band?

A: Each of us probably have a favorite moment. One of the highlights was the release of the band’s first album at Slippery Pig Brewery in our hometown of Poulsbo. The place was packed with friends and family who wanted to hear every detail of our album, “Die Tryin’,” played live for the first time as a complete set. The brewery even made a beer to commemorate the debut release named Die Tryin’ Double Rye IPA. It was a hoppin’ 11 percent kicker that paired nicely with those vintage vinyl overtones!

Q: What would you do with the $10,000 first prize?

A: We’re almost done writing the content for our second album. “Die Tryin’” was self-funded and mostly home-brewed across several months and multiple locations. Ten thousand dollars would give us the ability to pursue an aggressive vision and deliver it to a broader audience without compromise. Garage Heroes is just getting started.

Luca Mar:

Luca Mar

Q: How did your band come up with your name?

A: We locked ourselves in a basement room that Brock was renting at the time and brainstormed a whole bunch of name ideas. Luca Mar was basically the least crappy – the rest of the name ideas were pretty rough.

Q: What inspires your band and music?

A: We’re hugely inspired by dramatic and cinematic images/ideas. We listen to movie scores a lot and let the sounds and moments inspire us. Our debut album, “Exit,” was specifically inspired by desert landscape/western movies. We actually went and camped in the Alvord Desert in southern Oregon to get inspiration and shoot some photos. The cover art for “Exit” was taken on that trip.

Q: What’s your favorite moment as a band?

A: We got an email from a DJ wanting to air our first official single “The Fire, 1968” on his radio show in Laguna Beach, CA. It was a pretty awesome feeling when we first heard something that we had written and performed being played on the airwaves.

Q: What would you do with the $10,000 first prize?

A: If we win the first place prize, we would use it to put both of us through an audio engineering/recording arts program to perfect our craft for future music!

Sin Circus:

Sin Circus

Q: How did your band come up with your name?

A: The name Sin Circus is really just another way of saying the age old saying, “Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll.” Some people today think that everything most people enjoy in life is somehow a sin so we figured why not just have some fun with it and call our band Sin Circus.

Q: What inspires your band and music?

A: I (Derek) can’t speak for everyone in the band, but I can say that it inspires me to see how much people love and believe in what we do. A future of traveling the world and meeting all of these colorful characters by playing for people that are just as passionate about our music as we are is enough to inspire anyone. Of course, as every musician would agree, following in the footsteps of our idols is always a huge inspiration. I think all of the guys in Sin Circus would agree.

Q: What’s your favorite moment as a band?

A: I think our favorite moment as a band, so far, is when we were on tour with Metal Church and we were playing a sold-out show at The Whiskey in LA which is where all of our idols got their start. If I remember correctly, it was our first time in Hollywood and, when we got there, we saw our name Sin Circus up in lights on the marquee. It was pretty magical. In a business like this, it is so easy to feel like you aren’t getting anywhere or get discouraged, but I remember feeling in that moment that we were on the right track.

Q: What would you do with the $10,000 first prize?

A: If we win the $10,000 dollar prize it will go straight back into our band. We are entertainers and we live to give people that “WOW” factor. It will also go to getting us a newer tour bus so we can get our show back on the road all over this nation, and in a town near you, to do what we do best.

Make sure to come out to this FREE event and support these local bands Thursday, July 5 at 8pm!