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College bands rock out the Rat

‘Last Minute Decision’ perform an interesting cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah.’
‘Last Minute Decision’ perform an interesting cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah.’ (Colleen Duncan / Staff Photographer)

By Ana Lanfranchi

At 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, some of the College’s most talented bands came to the Rathskeller to spend a relaxing evening playing music and munching on greasy food.

The event was kicked off with newly-formed band, X Sabertooth Tiger Claw X (Explosion) which consists of freshmen Shane Dermanjian, Chris Flannery and Tyler Povanda. The trio performed a few covers, all of which were widely known songs amongst College students. They concluded their set with a crowd pleaser as they got the entire room clapping along to Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.” Interestingly enough, business management and interactive multimedia major, Chris Flannery, said that his favorite bands are Periphery and Memphis May Fire, both classified as metal. I personally am very interested to see the direction that this band takes.

While none of the members of the band are pursuing a musical career, they have all been playing music for at least seven years, and hope that X Sabertooth Tiger Claw X (Explosion) has a solid foundation and will continue to perform together.  Open options humanities major Shane Dermanjian said, in reference to Student Band Night, “We were all in bands at home and we’re used to performing so we wanted to do this.”

Following the talented boy band was Last Minute Decision, who played an extensive set of beautifully original renditions of popular songs. The band had an interesting dynamic as there were four members, but they were never all on the stage at one time. The comfortable mood of the evening was complimented by their quirky nature and their interaction with the crowd. The female vocals complimented one another in their performances of “Wide Awake” and “The Way You Are,” and the heartfelt rendition of “Hallelujah” made the performance completely authentic.

10 Paces, who switched gears from soft rock/indie music to a much heavier alternative rock sound, performed the final act of the night. Hailing from Asbury Park, 10 Paces consists of Dan Demyanovich, Louie Morreale, Chris Michael and The Signal’s Arts & Entertainment editor Tom Ciccone.

The music switch allowed for diversity in the performances and freshman economics major Thomas Barr said, “I thought that they brought a really great energy to the Rat.”

Student Band Night is a great opportunity for the College’s students to express themselves through music without the pressure of auditions or criticism. This event allowed for a laid back evening filled with undeniable talent.


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