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Local band is top finalist in Eugene song contest

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013

Alternative rock band Speaker Wave is Florence based.

Eugene Weekly announced last week the 16 semi-finalists in its Next Big Thing local original hit-single contest. Florence-based band Speaker Wave claimed the No. 1 spot of 112 entries by 75 artists by gathering the highest number of votes for their song “Leavin’ Town.”

Speaker Wave is a Florence-based alternative rock band with musicians Kevin Wolpoff (lead guitar, vocals), Jeremy Scott Anderson (bass, keyboards, vocals), and Vince Hendricks-Davis (drums). Their musical style is largely rock influenced but draws from 1960s psychedelia, ’70s funk, reggae, jazz and soul. Their laid back West Coast vibe and coastal-inspired lyrics draw constant connection to their seaside roots.

“Leavin’ Town” exhibits a folk-rock, acoustic, slightly alt-country side of Speaker Wave. Folk melodies, traditional folk instruments and elements of alternative rock mingle, fusing to create an emotional indie folk-rock ballad. Steven Ingham played on guest fiddle, Teresa Mihm on guest flute.

The band posted the song to the Eugene Weekly Next Big Thing website May 13 when online voting commenced; the voting polls closed at midnight on June 30 with Speaker Wave in the lead with a total of 422 votes.

The semi-finals will be held at Lane County Fair, July 26 through 28. All 16 semi-finalists have been assigned half-hour sets to play their songs on the LCF Community Stage for fair audiences, and a panel of judges will whittle the list to the top two. All 16 semi-finalists have been awarded a spot on the Eugene Weekly Next Big Thing 2013 compilation CD.

For the complete article see the 07-17-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 07-17-2013 paper.

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