Meet your Battle of the Bands contestants

It’s time again for the Battle of the Bands.
Morgan Addington-Hodge
May 29, 2013

We changed things up a bit this year and decided that instead of having an online voting period, we’re going to leave all the decision making up to the day of. This means that instead of attempting to judge your favorites based on one song posted online, you’ll get to pick your favorite based on the full experience of each band.

There will be two winning bands, our Judge’s Choice winner and our People’s Choice winner. The Judge’s Choice winner will be chosen by our panel of wonderful judges and will win two awesome prizes. First off, the band who is named Judge’s Choice winner will be the opening band for Skid Row the next evening. Secondly, the Judge’s Choice winning band will also receive a $300 recording package at Mohawk Studio in Huron.

Since the People’s Choice winner was such a hit last year, we’re bringing it back for a second year. The difference is that this year, the People’s Choice winner will also be opening for Skid Row as the first opening band. The People’s Choice winner will be chosen by you guys. During the show you will be able to text in your vote for who you think should be the People’s Choice winner. To vote you have to be at the Battle of the Bands on Friday because that’s when we’ll be handing out fliers letting you know how to vote for your favorite band.

We're also giving away a free pair of Ohio Bike Week All-Access Passes at the end of the night. You don't even really have to do anything extra to be entered to win them, everyone who texts in to vote for the People's Choice winner will automatically be entered for a chance to win.

Want to go?
:’s Battle of the Bands
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 31
WHERE: Jack Daniels Barrel House Saloon, 101 Shoreline Dr., downtown Sandusky
COST: Free

WHAT: Skid Row with Battle of the Bands winners opening
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1
WHERE: Mad River Stage & Yuengling Saloon, 5316 Milan Rd., Sandusky
COST: $10/General Admission advanced ticket

We’ve included a description of each of the bands, courtesy of the bands themselves, and you can find a sample song of each of the bands online at

The Sewing Circle
In 2008 The Sewing Circle hooked up with producer Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, Von Bondies, Mooney Suzuki), who recorded their self-titled debut at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, Michigan. The band financed the album and recorded it in seven days onto glorious analogue tape.

The debut album was praised for its joyful melodies, inventive arrangements that blended rock, folk and roots music and the stunning harmonies of Meghan Blake and Andrew Rohde, the band’s co-lead vocalists and songwriters. The band worked hard to promote the album independently through 2008-2009.

Eager to get back into the studio, the band approached producer extraordinaire Jonathan James of “Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin” about making their next record. In December of 2009 the band traveled to Springfield, MO to record with James and Ryan Spilken. The result was the “I Saw Stars” EP, which was released in 2010

Currently, The Sewing Circle is releasing a singles collection. Once every few months a new song will be released along with a B-side song.

To get an idea of The Sewing Circle's sound check out their song "Kaptan" HERE .

Car2n Hooligans
The Car2n Hooligans describe themselves as “not your typical rap group.” Sandusky-based, the band is made up of a group of talented young individuals who recently graduated from Sandusky Public Schools. The band’s sound is a mixture of rap, R & B and rock and features live performances of drums, bass and occasionally guitar along with vocals performed by multiple artists. Making music for 2 years, the group consists of Johnny Phenow (rapper), 0014 (rapper), Luke Warm (rapper/singer), Bundy (rapper/singer), Dusky Dog (rapper), Diamond-N-The-Sky (rapper), Brandon Bowe (drums), Tucker Jones (bass) and Ben Walsh (guitar).

To get an idea of Car2n Hooligan's sound check out their song "I Wanna Know" HERE. [WARNING: Content may be offensive to some.]

Paper Veins
Paper Veins started seriously writing songs in the fall of 2012, blending elements of punk rock, hardcore, indie, and emo. The band consists of four members, Zac Breitbach on guitar and vocals, Austin Reising on vocals, Alex Phibbs on bass and Lucas Bowers on drums. The Norwalk-based group recorded their debut EP "8 Hours" on May 11th to be self-released in early June.

To get an idea of Paper Veins' sound check out their song "99" HERE.

"UnLaBeLeD" is an alternative/punk band from Marblehead, Ohio. In November 2011, David Gast (Guitar, Vocals), Corbin Rickard (Guitar, Vocals), and brothers Matt Pusateri (Drums) and Ben Pusateri (Vocals) combined their talents and started the band "UnLaBeLeD." After their first live performance in January 2012, Cooper Eller (Bass) joined the group to fill out the lineup.

Unlabeled has stayed true to their influences and is working on developing their own sound, and the local music scene is taking notice. Unlabeled has participated in several local Battle of the Bands, including winning the People's Choice vote at the 2012 Battle fo the Bands. They have played at several local venues and festivals spanning from Toledo to Cleveland and have been dubbed “one of the best up-and-coming bands in Ohio" by being selected to play "Rockin' the Fair Fest" at the Ohio State Fair. They have entertained venues such as Headliners (Toledo), Howard's Club H (Bowling Green), The Symposium (Lakewood), and Mickey Finn's (Toledo), just to name a few.

Eller and the group parted ways in the winter of 2012, and the group added Shay Rickard (Bass) in May 2013 to fill out the lineup once again. They have been continuously working on adding to their set list, focusing on putting on a good live show, and have been writing, and now recording, original music. Unlabeled is currently in the studio recording their debut EP.  Look for the release of "Weight of the World" coming this summer.

To get an idea of UnLaBeLeD's sound check out their song "To All the Outcasts (Live)" HERE.

Sinful Desire
“Blood, sweat and beers,” that’s the motto of Bowling Green-based hard rock band Sinful Desire. Fused together by the varying influences of lead guitarist Tyler Simon, drummer Eli Simon, and vocal powerhouse Darcy, the band is rounded out by bassist John Lyon and rhythm guitarist Albert Park. Sinful Desire’s unique style of blending hard rock riffs and metal drumming is set off by dark and infectious lyrics. The band’s live shows are fueled by high energy performances, ripping guitar solos, and electrifying vocals. Sinful Desire is the band to bring rock and roll back to the edge.

To get an idea of Sinful Desire's sound check out their song "State of Grace" HERE.