- Hunter Smith
Battle of the Bands: Meet the Bands!
Looking for a guide to this year’s bands participating in Movin’ On’s annual Battle of the Bands competition? Look no further! We’ve compiled bios of this year’s bands for you so you can get familiar with the music before the competition! Read on to meet this year’s bands.
Women’s National Hockey League
The Women’s National Hockey League band consists of Kristen, Julie, James and Liam, and ironically enough none of them actually play hockey! The group were all friends, and then after Kristen did an interview where she mentioned wanting to start a band, they all started jamming! In terms of their sound, they’re influenced heavily by sounds of the 60s, whether that be Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King, or The Beatles (they’re still in the process of nailing down their sound.) Their goal is to take that 60s songwriting philosophy and incorporate it into a more modern sound. After being scheduled to play at Battle of the Bands in 2020, WNHL are excited to finally be able to perform at Movin’ On’s Battle of the Bands! Make sure you follow them on Instagram @wnhltheband and check out their first EP and latest single, “Angle,” out now on Spotify!
Eric Damiano is a 21-year-old artist from Downingtown, PA, and a senior at Penn State. He’s been singing since middle school and started officially releasing music in November of 2020. His music is extremely pop oriented with relatable lyrics and catchy melodies. Some of his biggest influences are Lauv, Quinn XCII, Chelsea Cutler and Justin Bieber. One thing he wants his fans to know is that he wants everyone to be okay; mental health is a top priority for him, and he wants his music to convey that side of him. The thing he’s most excited for at Battle of the Bands is the energy. There’s nothing he loves more than music and performing, and he hopes he’s able to connect with the audience and show them his passion for his craft.
Embrace the psychonautic cerebrum-space pioneers, Mellow Honey! Tune out the dreary noise of the fluorine-powered mind campaign cast upon you by the pressure of the elite. A glorious composition of acoustic propagation will carry you into a contemplative realm exploring the very fibers that hold together the reality of being. Join us in our exposition of human nature, the endless cycle of the work routine, and the modern day emotional anesthesia. One album that really inspired them is King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s I’m In Your Mind Fuzz. Their favorite part about creating music is that it gives them an opportunity to make something that won’t wear out with time. You can find them on Instagram @mellowhoneyband. They also have a single coming soon in mid-April so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that!
The band consists of Josh Morgan and Max Lucas, who initially began experimenting with electronic sounds on their own. After releasing two full length albums (Sharkies II and JOHNSTOWN,) Josh and Max brought in Danny Molnar and Ezra Raupach-Learn, who each improved the band with their musical prowess. The four have since been hard at work on their third full-length project. In terms of sound, LEG is influenced by artists such as Radio Head, LCD Sound System, Kanye West, and The Flaming Lips. One of their favorite aspects of music is the process of sharing it with friends, because it shows components of themselves that that may be unexpected based on normal daily interactions. Be sure to check them out on social media @leg.music, and check out their new single out TODAY on all major streaming platforms!
The Willard Building
The Willard Building is a band composed of Eugene Ryoo (singer, guitar), Ryan Keating (other guitar), Andrew Gustafson (bass), and Grant Cheung (drums). The project has been in the world for many years with various line ups and has toured the DIY scene of State College for about a year. In terms of their sound, they’re mostly influenced by lofi indie rock, and Room on Fire by The Strokes is a hugely influential album to them. One thing they want new listeners to know about them is they play a style of music called Goblin Rock. In fact, it’s more of a state of mind than a genre. It is the culmination of jamming in a basement apartment for two years and feeling like a goblin due to it. Be sure to check them out on Instagram @willardbuildingmusic, and check out their debut EP, “Goblin Rock II,” out now on all major streaming platforms!