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Every year, 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 who reigns supreme.

Round Three is on July 20 at 8pm. The competing bands will be LemmingsLana’s Garage and Crossing Crusades. We had each band tell us what they’re all about.

Lemmings:

Lemmings Band

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

A: We actually collected a pretty good group of names and then voted. We had originally decided on “Maybe Next Week,” but “Lemmings” is a better fit for our message, and our music.

Q: What inspires your band and music?

A: We love to create what we feel, what we think about, and how we interpret life and everything it throws at you. From love’s turbulent ups and downs to today’s culture and political differences – there is no shortage of topics to inspire good song writing as far as we are concerned!

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

A: The creation, production and fruition of our Volume 1 CD, from the process and the promoting/distribution of our own music to hearing it on the radio… bonus! We also enjoyed playing our music live on air for KAOS 89.3 FM Olympia!

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

A: Definitely beef up our recording gear, and buy some studio time for the recording of our second album, which is already in the final stages of songwriting/creation. Exciting times are ahead for Lemmings!

Lana’s Garage:

Lana's Garage

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

A: Well, our name is pretty simple, we practice at our dear friend, Lana’s… in her garage. And, that’s that.

Q: How long have you all known each other? What brought you all together to form a band?

A: The bands been together now for close to five years. We all really love the 90s and up alternative rock music. And, we like to put a little of ourselves into each song. We are definitely not a note-for-note band. Regina, Doug and myself (Dave) have known each other for many years;  Jon came into the picture about three year ago. Jenea is our newest member and has been us for five months now.

Q: What inspires your band and music?

A: Inspiration comes from everywhere 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s other bands and players.

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

A: I guess we all keep eating and paying our rent, lol.

Crossing Crusades:

Crossing Crusade

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

A: With 5 members, some band decisions can be tough because there are so many individual thoughts and ideas to approaching band matters. “Crossing Crusades” is about all five of our lives crossing paths in such a short window and all with such conviction that our brand had some power behind it from the get-go. The “Crusades” part is really just about each one of us having our own following of family and friends supporting us. I always use the reference of the movie Braveheart when all the different clans unite to bring down England’s invasion and be their own country. With our alt-metal/harder-rock feel, something that felt medieval or warrior-esque kept coming up. Hence, the arrows and gauntlet [reflected in our logo.]

Q: What inspires your band and music?

A: Our inspiration comes from having such similar taste in music. The history of Retten, Sam and Aaron being in original bands before, the impressive vocal chops from Chris, and drumming from Kevin right out of the gate.

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

A: Collectively, we will probably all agree that winning last year’s Battle of the Puget Sound Bands at Muckleshoot Casino has been our biggest highlight of our band’s existence. It has allowed us to be stress free in scheduling mass amounts of shows to accommodate our studio recording sessions. It opened doors for us to play summer festivals we wouldn’t have otherwise been acknowledged to play. The amount of new fans that have continued to follow us from show to show just from seeing us on those two nights keeps us at 40+ people every time we play. To top it off, we made great friends with the other bands competing and have booked multiple shows with both Limberlost and Mom’s Rocket. We even got a call from Sharky Waters, who we played with in round 1. It’s been a great year for Crossing Crusades and Muckleshoot’s Battle of the Puget Sound Bands helped kickstart the whole thing. Here’s to another great year and new fans and friends!

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

A: If we take the grand prize this year, we will definitely put it into getting a trailer for hauling so we can expand our brand on the road and allow everyone to upgrade some gear from a busy year of gigging.

Make sure to come out to this FREE event and support these local bands Thursday, July 19 at 8pm!