The Vanderslice Cabaret Room was bursting with supporters for the six bands going head to head on Friday March 14th , competing for a place at the Arts Festival’s BC’s Best. Juice, Seaver’s Express, and Bobnoxious and the Master Craftsmen emerged victorious, and will be going on to play at the festival on Thursday, April 24, in the hope of winning a slot at this year’s Modstock.
Representing a diverse mix of styles, from indie rock to smooth, jazz-infused pop, by way of the distinctive soul-hop of Times New Roman, all six acts played blistering sets that proved, once again, that the band scene is alive and well at Boston College. Newcomers Juice raised the bar early with an eclectic mix of feel-good rock, rap, and violin hooks, followed by Free Alley, who almost stole the show with their first song, “One More Time,” that saw keyboard player Alex rushing to the front of the stage to join the guitarists in a deliacte three-part harmony.
Seaver’s Express exploded onto the stage with dynamic frontmen the Seaver brothers proving themselves a formidable presence in the competition. Energized, and armed with effortlessly hip, original tracks, the BC/Berklee five-piece established themselves as the band to beat early on. Changing the pace mid-way, Times New Roman delivered his stylized brand of hip-hop inflected pop with impressive precision, before BC’s Best veteran competitors Bobnoxious delivered a tight, powerful set that proved their determination to clinch the title this year. Closing out the night, The Mints charmed everybody with laid back jazz-laced love songs that earned them the “most kissable” award from emcees Lou and Ceara.
For a full write-up, check out The Heights review, and make sure to support final round qualifiers Juice, Seaver’s Express, and Bobnoxious and the Master Craftsmen at Arts Festival 2014, Thursday April 24, 8:00 p.m. in the Main Tent.