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The Battle of the Bands always seemed like a cool tradition back in the heyday of surf with a bunch of reverb heads grinding it out to see who was king of the spring. I haven't seen many battles these days and those that I have rarely included an instrumental band. Kelp attempted to remedy that situation by entering the Santa Barbara Independent's 2013 Battle of the Bands. Amazingly we made the first cut from ~50 bands to semifinal list of 12. After an online voting poll and some judging by local music industry types, a final 6 were chosen to play live in the final contest. We were plenty surprised (and stoked) to make the finals with a group of more commercial indie and rock acts. Each audience member got 1 vote and a panel of "industry" judges got 25 votes each. Each band had just 20 minutes - we had to narrow things down to 5 songs, a bit of trad, a bit of fuzz, some happy melody, some driving reverby darkness. When it was all said and done, we ended up second in the closest contest they've had in the 5 years of the contest - 75-78. I admit we were a bit let down at not getting the winner-take-all prizes, which included some a spendy guitar and bass that we could have easily sold - the real prize was 12 free hours at arguably the best studio in SB. Ah well, the new album will have to wait a bit longer. In the end, we realized that, while we may not have come out on top, we had a blast and gained a bevy of new fans; nothing to be bummed about!
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