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BOOM Round 2, Week 1: The Proles vs. American Stories

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:46 -- webmaster

The polls have been closed for this pair of bands. Congratulations to The Proles 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!

The Proles

American Stories

Band members: Tim O'Donnell - lead vocals, keyboard / Alex Buttler - lead guitar, vocals / Raul McGee - rhythm guitar / Nick Oddo - bass guitar / Eric Madia - drums

Band bio: The band formed in the fall of 2013 when Alex, Eric, Raul, and I met through the University at Buffalo’s Rugby team. After meeting, we soon realized that we all had similar tastes in music and a desire to start a band. Thus, we decided to form “The Proles”. Once formed, we added Nick on bass who Alex had met through UB’s jam club. Ever since, we have been writing great music, playing shows, and having a great time together doing what we love!

You might like us if: you love Classic Rock, Grunge, and Blues—Audioslave, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, and Foo Fighters.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: We think that we write awesome Rock songs with great hooks and great lyrics and we really want people to hear them. In a world where many fear that “Rock is Dead” we’re excited to know that we’re creating music that’s about great musicianship and passionate singing and not about how well you can edit songs on your computer. I think that our band offers something that is very unique and I hope you give us a chance to let the people hear us!


Band members: Matt Chase - bass, vocals / Jesse Rejewski -drums, engineer / Tim Nixon - guitar, vocals

Band bio: American Stories has been through a couple lineups, everything from indie to alt country. We’re now back to our roots playing what we love which is punk & hardcore infused hard rock. All of us have spent many a years in punk and hardcore bands and that comes through in our music, lyrics, and live show. Tim met Jesse in 1999 and played in a punk band together for 5 years, Tim met Matt in 2014 at the Buffalo band lottery playing in a band together. We all started playing over the summer of 2014 with our first shows in October.

You might like us if: like bands like Rise Against, Red Fang, Fugazi, Built to Spill, Black Tusk.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: We love to play music, we have all been dedicated to it for about 15 years, and would love to be able to take our recordings to the next level and provide more exciting hard music that this city is so very well known for throughout the world.


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!