Every Wednesday, we choose three songs local artists to profile in a column called Featured Listens. Generally, it's a great chance to showcase artists we've never heard before and are really excited about. However, with our first-ever local music showcase just around the corner, we've done things a bit differently this time around.
A week ago, we opened submissions to any band on the Grand Strand looking for more exposure to submit music to us to be featured on the site. Now, we're asking you — the readers — to choose which of these three up-and-coming bands you like best.
Cast your vote here!
We will announce the winners in next week's Featured Listens and that band will will perform on stage at Drink! Feb. 18, opening for Miracle Year and Octopus Jones. In addition, that band will get a full feature article published in the near future on the ListenUp website and in our print partners. All in all, this means a chance to play in front of some great fans and get their name out to more than 100,000 readers in newspapers and online.
So please take a moment to listen to the bands below and cast your vote anytime between now and midnight next Tuesday.
And while you're here, please sign up to attend ListenUp Loves Octopus Jones, our exclusive event for fans of ListenUp. By putting your name on the guest list you'll not only save $2 OFF cover for next Friday's show, but you'll also be entered for a chance to win one of four sets of House of Blues tickets and other prizes we'll be giving away.
Bamboo Forest "You Get What You Pay For"
Bamboo Forest is a three-piece act made up of Jackson May, Will Copeland and Jeff Whitener. Copeland and May began writing together in 2009, before picking up Whitener on drums in April of last year and performing their first show together in May at The Basement.
They currently have 11 songs up their sleeve, five of which they recorded into a demo that can be heard and downloaded for free at bambooforest.bandcamp.com. According to Copeland, the band has a rock, punk and blues sound and takes an open approach to writing songs and strives to bring something different to each one, so as not to get trapped in a certain genre.
The band recently performed at For What Its Worth with Charleston's Big Awesome and will also compete in the Hard Rock Battle of the Bands Feb. 27 against the Wyatt Garey Band and Aunt Polly's Glass Eye.
Epic Gents "Been There, Done That"
This quartet of local rockers — which consists of Scott Johnson,Lucas McCarthy, Josh Wehrung, Zane Johnson, has been together since 2009, playing gigs and growing their catalog of original music. In September, the band cut its first demo, a four-track effort which is available for download via iTunes here.
We featured another song "Where We Started" back in December, which you can check out here. In addition, They were recently announced as part of this year's Hard Rock Calling Battle of the bands and will be performing there on Feb. 20 against Beyond the Fade and What's Up Baby.
Conception of Being "World At War"
This young metal five-piece consists of students from Carolina Forest and Carvers Bay high schools. The band's lineup is Brandon Distel (Vocals), Evan Moulton (Guitars), Garrett Johnson (Drums), Coby Hadley Theobald (Guitars) and Tyler Pyatt (Bass).
The band recently recorded two tracks and is in the process of getting them mastered and made into CDs which they plan to sell for $2 alongside their T-shirts at upcoming gigs, including a planned March date with Prowler at the Island Bar in Surfside.
In addition to working on booking gigs, the band is continuing to develop material and hope to record a full-fledged demo in the near future.