Monday, January 20, 2014

Fan Poll Results

Ok. The final tally is in from our "Shut Up N Vote" reader favorites from the Puget Sound music scene. We only received about fifty comment votes on the actual article but roughly 3000 via email which kinda sucked cause I had to sort through all these votes and actually do work! To be honest I was only expecting a few hundred sooo this will be the last fan vote thing round here!! Also to all the idiots that emailed me grief about having such a fan poll, umm,,shut up! Yes I know we shouldn't "judge"art and all PC stuff. The posting was just for fun and to see which bands locally people are listening too. We wanted to do something with the results on the show Enter The Rock Pitt but schedule stuff won't allow us to get down to Tacoma this month. Btw that there is the best damn radio show supporting the local music scene. Funny as hell and rocking!

Most of all the bands listed for the poll we LOVE and have done stuff with in the past. I don't really have a favorite.The band I've been listening to the most, watching video, ect lately is Hobosexual. I love that bands sense of humor and they bloody rock! Ben Harwood of Hobo will get guitarist we are most diggin right now and I have to mention Roddy Chops of Princess, that dude will destroy you as loudly as possible. Ohh yeah and Evan Nagle-Morgenstern is ridiculous maannn! That dude is doing shit other guitarist's aren't, wait, change that to, can't do. Dave Takata from the Tacoma band CFA is GOD, for realz! Actually that whole band is sick! I have to mention Darren Chase of Ancient Warlocks also. I m pretty sure Darren is mainly on rhythm guitar for the Warlocks but the tones that dude gets from his gear is amazing! I think he even makes his own pedals. Drums I'm gonna go with Steve Jones of Ancient Warlocks. Dude just punishes his kit like he walked in on them banging his old lady or something. Hands down da man! Im a big Josh Snider fan of The Insugence and I can't forget about Justin Gimse of Big Wheel Stunt Show. Justin could front a band with his vocals plus he's SOLID as hell behind the kit. Bass, Jake Melius also of BWSS, nuff said there, Im not sure anyone I've seen live is even in his league. Vocals are a bit tougher because there's people fronting bands that are definitely better natural singers than others and then others that are just natural front men or women an put on a hell of a show. That being said Jibo from The Insurgence go's full throttle for a entire show and always seems to make the crowd part of the mayhem. Atom Green of The Hardcount is another dude that goes all out every show and delivers a rock n roll "show" at every venue the band plays. Andrew Chapman of Princess needs to be mentioned too. He always seems to electrify the crowd and put on a killer show.

I could find something I like about any band or musician we posted in each category. Seems like that's how the voting went also. So here's the results.

Favorite Band


Aaron Krause (lead vocal/lead guitar)
Darren Chase (rhythm guitar)
Anthony Timm (bass)
Steve Jones (drums)

Biography (from AW Facebook)

Ancient Warlocks are a band from Seattle, WA. that has been steadily building both it's sound, and fan base, since their first live show in November of 2010. Their primary focus is the groove, more than anything, and all of the other ingredients are a response to that. The vocals, the guitar sounds, the whole band's sound, the riffing, all of it.

Ancient Warlocks are; Darren Chase - whose solid rhythm guitar work and punk flavored delivery of Fuzz drive the riffs; Aaron Krause - whose smoky vocal howl soars amongst his own blend of subtle lead guitar lines and swirling feedback psyche; Anthony ‘Oni’ Timm - a dynamic and energetic bassist with thick, rolling grooves that belie his noise rock influence; and Steve Jones - whose veteran status, behind both the drums and the recording console, give him invaluable insight into keeping heads nodding and bodies moving to the grooves.

Ancient Warlocks teamed up with Digital Warfare Records to release their 'Superwizard' 7" debut single in May of 2011. Then in May of 2013, Ancient Warlocks self released a live split 7" single with Mos Generator. During these early years, Ancient Warlocks have shared the stage with such bands as Mars Red Sky, Lord Dying, White Orange, Witchburn, Black Pussy, Mos Generator, Valient Thorr, Princess, Brokaw, Stone Axe, ZEKE, Tom Price Dessert Classic, Vaporland, VALIS, The Spittin' Cobras, Zero Down, Thee Emergency, Mico de Noche, Argonaut, Sleep Capsule, Radio Moscow, Mystery Ship, Antique Scream, Pouch, James Whiton, Premonition 13, Witch Mountain, The Hookers, Serial Hawk, Greenriver Thrillers, Gaytheist, He Who's Ox Is Gored, Black Wizard, etc.

After honing their sound by playing live shows for slightly over a year, and writing additional material, the band completed their first full length recording, which has now been released on the European label; Lay Bare Recordings (Netherlands). They are currently talking with a couple of different labels about a possible USA release as well. Judging by the positive crowd responses that they have been getting, I have a feeling even bigger things are in store for Ancient Warlocks.


Favorite Guitarist

Roddy Chops
Roddy Chops of PRINCESS

Andrew Chapman (voice)
Samantha Wilder (bass)
Gator (drums)

Biography (from the bands Facebook Page)

Members of Mobile Slaughter Unit, Fort Hell, The Keeper,The Crills, Kill Cupid and The Vexx.
Three releases: Grim Energy (2011), Welcome Winter (2012), Selling Sulphur (2013)

Radio Play on KEXP, The End and KISW

Notable shows:
Noise for the Needy
Live performance on KEXP
Red Fang show
KISW showcase
Capitol Hill Block Party
KISW Pain in the Grass

KISW band of the week August, 2013

Favorite Vocals

Ben Harwood

Favorite Bass


Jeff Silva (drums)

Biography (from FB)

They were born. They knew what they had to do. They're living it. Band description, 2 beards, 4 amps, mind of a scientist and more raw talent than Jesus.


Evan Nagle (vocals/guitar)
Justin Gimse (vocals/drums)

Biography (from FB)

Big Wheel Stunt Show is a small vehicle with a loud engine. By paring it down to rock and roll’s bare essentials, guitarist Evan Nagle, bassist Jake Melius and drummer Justin Gimse have proved that it’s not the size of your band that counts — it’s what you do with it. 

From Rolling Stone Spain, to KEXP, scribes and DJs across the world have been shouting their praise for 2012′s Wonderful Life, the Tacoma, Wash. band’s latest release. Like a carnival on drugs, Wonderful Life takes hold of your brain’s pleasure center and drops it straight down into Alice’s rabbit hole.

Tacoma's Hardest Working Band - Rolling out 3 Full-Length Albums, and Over 310 Original Rock Shows together since Dishing it Live for the First Time on May 21, 2009.

The Band's 2011 Second Album - "Cheetah Milque" has garnered sweet reviews around the Globe and the new follow-up "Wonderful LIFE" has had great press prior to the album's release from the Seattle Weekly, The Soda Shop, Tacoma Weekly, Planet Heavy and Ripple Effect.

Drawing influence from the likes of MC5, Grand Funk, Muddy Waters, the Who, Stone Temple Pilots, Van Halen, Pearl Jam, Motown, Black Sabbath and a veritable World of Others - BIG WHEEL STUNT SHOW has consistently played to Smiling Faces and Well-Rung Ears.




Aaron Krause (lead vocals, lead guitar)
Darren Chase (rhythm guitar)
Anthony Timm (bass)

There was not many votes seperating all the bands and musicans. The following recieved tons of mentions from the responses. Ron Banner from The Shivering Denizens, Zero Down, Princess, The Spitting Cobras, Donnie Lemmon from The Hardcount, all the guys in Zeke, Aaron Krause of Ancient Warlocks, Atom Green from The Hardcount and Fred Speakman of Gold Records.

Thanks to all who voted !!


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