Friday 28 September 2012

Battle Of The Bands: Round 6

A fortnight ago, this epic battle between myself and Neil from Scottish Fiction yo-yoed back into my blogging nemesis' favour. With a little help from The State Broadcasters, he levelled the score at two wins apiece. My lads Cancel The Astronauts ran them close though. You can read the full account of that round over here.  The ball is back in my court this week, so Neil better be ready for the backlash...

To help return Team Kowalskiy to winning ways, I've traveled all the way to the Outer Hebrides to recruit Skye's finest... The Dead Man's Waltz, who as luck may have it, are actually older than I though.  Result!  That 'Z' is a Godsend too.   Doing battle with my folk-noir foursome, turned out to be hip-hoppers Stanley Odd

Before we do battle, as always, let's have a quick recap of the rules.  You can read them in full over here.  This round, it's me to choose which three attributes we'll be dueling with.  For each of the three, the person with the highest value gets one point, with both of us getting a half-point in the event of a draw.  Losers... get hee-haw!  Rather predictably, I went for Band Name Scrabble Score hoping my chaps' impressive array of letters would out-do whoever Neil had chosen.  To complete the set, I plumped for the social media ones - SoundCloud Tracks and Twitter Follow Ratio.  We'll find out in a mo if those were wise choices or not, but first, here's the bandcards.  As ever, all stats were correct at the time of battle, except from Stanley Odd's average age... that was a complete guess, but in the end, it wasn't needed.

Ding ding, Round 6...

The winner of Round 6 is... Team Kowalskiy!  It got off to a great start with my choice of Band Name Scrabble Score.  Turned out I never needed that Z after all... or the W.  I suppose The Dead Man's Alt doesn't have the same ring to it.  So that was an early 1-0 lead to me.  A short-lived lead though when SoundCloud Tracks were compared.  With exactly twice the number of tracks, Stanley Odd drew the score back level, and with only the Twitter Follow Ratio to go, I was feeling a wee bit nervous.  It could've went either way.  I had no idea who Neil had up his sleeve, but in the end, by the slimmest of margins (a mere 0.18 for those without a calculator to hand), the boys did me proud and 2-1 it finished.

And with that, Team Kowalskiy takes a one point lead... again. 

My glorious victory aside, this is all about the bands, and first up are tonight's victors.  Aside from releasing one of my favourite singles of the year in Emmeline with a video which is a work of bloody art, The Dead Man's Waltz have released an album that oozes music of dark, Beirutty quality... which you can of course buy here.

As for Stanley Odd, well they're pretty great too.  As I mentioned at the weekend on my latest notcast, their new album Reject completely took this hiphopaphobe by surprise.  You can buy it over here on CD from the band or download it from Amazon MP3.  Careful now... it's "explicit".

With a fortnight to go until Neil tries to draw himself level in the series, I'm off to bask in my victory before sorting out my next band for Round 7.  Do your worst Neil!

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