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Try to catch local band Strifer on TV

Pam Jung

The local band, Strifer, you may recall from a previous story in The Union, headed to San Francisco December 2006 to participate in a battle for supremacy in a musical reality show. After triumphing over 846 bands there and becoming the unrivaled city champion of San Francisco In BodogMUSIC’s Battle of the Bands, the band was invited to go to Cleveland, where it competed against many more bands in the final rounds.

The results of the filming of the competition will be shown in a sneak preview of the show on Sunday, July 8, at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. for your friends back East). The actual premiere of the show will air Wednesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST) – all on the national alternative rock music TV station, Fuse TV, which, says the band’s manager Casey Dominguez, is channel 476 on Comcast digital cable.

While Strifer came in at a most respectable No. 11 (out of 2,000 that ultimately performed for this reality show and 7,000 who originally signed up nationally), that eliminated the group from the competition to receive a $1,000,000 recording contract from BodogMUSIC as America’s greatest unsigned band. Even so, there’s a very high probability they will be showing up in both the TV shows mentioned above, their manager said.

“They (band members Nolan Watt, Bryan McAleese-Jergins, Wes Fox and Jesse Ryan Hunter) weren’t really disappointed about being eliminated because they were just so glad to be there in the first place. They knew that they had played their best and are confident in their music, so to them, the elimination just means that Strifer didn’t have the right sound that they were looking for in that particular competition.”

One of the best parts of the competition, apparently, was meeting other bands from across the nation and making good contacts.

“They are looking forward to the television show giving them a boost in the promotion of their music,” said Dominguez. “The Bodog Battle of the Bands is a great platform for a smaller band to have the chance to be showcased on the national stage, and Strifer will take full advantage of that exposure to help propel their musical careers.”

Of course, if Strifer catches the ear of blogger Perez Hilton, called the “snarky gossip king of the Web” by Newsweek, you never know how high it can go.

Speaking locally, Strifer’s next gig is on July 28 at The Center For the Arts in Grass Valley. The show is promoting the television show and the impending release of the band’s new EP that features all new songs. This is part of a round of shows Strifer is playing in Northern California with Seattle Bodog finalists Fall From Grace. More details about that concert to come in a future issue.

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