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BOOM Round 1, Week 2: Intent to Sell vs. Tugboat

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:31 -- webmaster

The polls have been closed for this pair of bands. Congratulations to Intent to Sell for collecting the most votes in this battle!

BOOM isn't just about picking favorites - it's also about promoting and supporting local music. Even though it's too late to vote, get to know the bands below, give them a listen, and if you hear something you like the best way to show support is to check them out in person when possible!

You can find more weekly battles in the BOOM Archives!

Intent to Sell


Band bio: We started off as high school friends and after graduation we decided we wanted to make a band. We originally were rocking out to some random jams then we began creating our own original sound and songs, thus came our lust for live performance.

Band members: Alex Schneider - guitar / Christopher Balash - guitar / Matt Eckle - drums, keys / Mike Golombek - drums / Shaun Borowski - vocals, MC / Tom Cooke - bass guitar / Brandon Sylvia - vocals, MC

You might like us if: like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Sublime, Gary Clark Jr., Black Sabbath.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: We have been together for over 3 years playing together and we believe that our music can compete in a battle of original music. We put our hearts into this and have a fan base that grew from 150 to 350 in the 6 months. With the winnings we can be at the next level we need to be.


Band bio: Tugboat formed in late 2013 with the goal of creating solid rock and roll. No frills, no gimmicks, just riffs. Started by Casey Mullaney and Jeremy Shofner on guitar and drums, and Christopher Strom and Ricky Caughill on bass and vocals, Tugboat started playing for Buffalo audiences in the spring on 2014 and have been playing regularly since. Combining Sabbath-esque heaviness with modern hardcore aspects, Tugboat aims to bring hard rock back to Buffalo’s music scene.

Band members: Casey Mullaney - guitar / Ricky Caughill - vocals / Jeremy Shofner - drums / Christopher Strom - bass

You might like us if: like Clutch, Black Sabbath, Orange Goblin, Metallica, Karma to Burn, The Sword.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: Most bands in Buffalo are putting out generic covers, generic metalcore, or recycled standards... we want to make new original heavy rock that’s accessible to everyone.


What did you think about this week's contestants? Feel free to discuss below. Please keep comments friendly, and please remember a comment is not the same as a vote - if you'd like to vote, cast your ballot above!