Kids! Get your poop in a group and submit a demo to the EMP's annual Sound Off! competition! The deadline is Monday, November 8. That's THIS MONDAY.
For those who haven't been paying attention (for the last 10 years), Sound Off! is the annual battle of the bands–type contest that gives underage musicians the opportunity to play packed shows at the EMP|SFM, with the winners walking away with some pretty amazing prizes.
The champion(s) not only are promised a slot at Bumbershoot 2011, but they also get an on-air performance on 107.7 The End's Locals Only (hosted by me!) and free gear from Epiphone. And every finalist gets a consultation with the Seattle branch of the Recording Academy, which can include everything from industry tips to legal advice from experts.
Last year, Sound Off! received over 100 entries, and it's on track to do just as well, if not better, this year. All genres are welcome—from singer- songwriter to electronic. (Sound Off! coordinator Jessi Reed says that, along with "a fair amount of post-punk, indie pop, folk, and some hiphop, more groups are submitting custom genres this year, like post-progressive banana slam, baroque death, and junk.")
Once all the submissions come in, every single demo gets listened to in a judging process that involves the EMP's Youth Advisory Board, staff, and members of the music community. "It's a super intense but super fun process," says Reed.
And speaking of Sound Off!, 2007 champions the Globes just announced some great news: They've signed to Barsuk Records. The moody, melodic indie band will fit in nicely with labelmates Rocky Votolato, Menomena, Say Hi, and Nada Surf. Expect their Barsuk debut to be released sometime in early 2011.
You can submit your Sound Off! application online at www.empsfm.org/soundoff.
Fri Nov 5: Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Song Sparrow Research, Ships, UniLingual at Healthy Times Fun Club, 8 pm.
Sat Nov 6: Heavy Fest: To the Wind, Heir to the Throne, Wolves, What Matters Most at the Old Fire House, 8 pm, $7.
Sat Nov 6: Stars at Showbox at the Market, 8 pm, $20 adv/$25 DOS.
Wed Nov 10: Fitz and the Tantrums at Sonic Boom Records Capitol Hill, 6 pm, free.