The latest cycle of Collegenews.com music contest, powered by Sonicbids, has come to a close and we’ve hand-picked three winners. We’d like to give a genuine thank you to all of the artists that submitted their music and encourage them to enter our next contest.
And the winners are:
Congrats! These artists particularly impressed us with their vocals, instrumentation and overall sound.
Read on for more information about the winners:
The members of the self-described Brooklyn existential power pop band Late Cambrian have all found success on their own, now they’ve joined forces and are finding success as a group. With their catchy melodies and guitar riffs, Late Cambrian takes the best parts of Weezer and combines them with existential lyrics. A prime example is the catchy and thoughtful “Those Middle Years” where the band finds themselves contemplating middle age -- the time when they will “trade my dreams for income tax.” The band consists of John Wlaysewski on vocals and guitar, Nunzio Moudatsos on bass, Colin Schiller on drums and backing vocals and O on tambourine, keyboards and backing vocals.
Check out the video of “Those Middle Years” below and be sure to download a copy of their new album “The Last Concert” here.
Multi-part harmonies that are reminiscent of the Byrds, Poco and the Eagles are what distinguish My Brothers Banned from the rest. Their unique sound takes influence from punk and managaes to meld it with American roots music. The band consists of Lyle Puente (all instruments, vocals), Eric Puente (drums) and Hill Levitt (vocal harmony). The band released “Meet Me in the Park” in 2011 and both it and the album “Banned Wagon” are available for purchase through their site.
Check out the video of “Caught Up” below.
The Manhattan Syndrome’s thoughtful and poignant lyrics wrestle with the feelings of isolation and alienation, lending even more of an ethereal feel to their alternative, post, pop rock music. The Dublin band consists of Anna Murray (synth, piano, laptop, keyboards), Evan Heneghan (main vocals, acoustic guitar), Jamie McHugh (piano, keyboard, bass, acoustic guitar), Pearse Healy (electric guitar, bass) and Sean Hughes (drums, acoustic bass). Tracks like “Cold Company” recall something of early Counting Crows and Leonard Cohen (whom Heneghan is clearly influenced by). All in all, this combination of musical, lyrical and vocal styles gels to create something special and almost other-worldly. Check out their site to download a free copy of their EP “And We Left it Behind.”
Use the player below to sample the track off of the EP and see why The Manhattan Syndrome is gaining such a following.