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Students Rock Out

A version of this story appeared in The Rotunda (archive)

Almost a month after its original date, WMLU’s annual Battle of the Bands, finally took place. This past Friday in the Lankford Student Union Ballroom bands created by Longwood University students performed in front of a live audience of their peers. There was a wide array of genres on display, from rock to jazz. Some of the bands that were there included the Southbound Hounds, Art History Cover Band and Joel Worford and the Old Souls.

The Southbound Hounds are a two-man hard rock band featuring Brandon on the drums and Wyatt Baldasare on the electric guitar. They played several of their own original songs, such as “Wait, My Friends,” “It’s No Good,” “Shiny Black” and “Mr. Cop.” Baldasare, who has been performing for about a year, started performing with Brandon a couple of months ago. Brandon, on the other hand has been playing the drums for ten months. Out of the songs they played, they said that “Shiny Black” is their favorite. Wyatt is the songwriter for the duo, and he does not feel that he is inspired by any specific concepts or ideas. He just sits down and writes the songs.

Joel Worford and the Old Souls is a rock trio consisting of bass guitarist Chip Hale, drummer Josh Burtner and the titular Joel Worford on the electric guitar. They played their original songs “Narrow Eyes,” “Everyday,” “Peace Will Come Someday,” “Cast our feet” and a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary.”

Out of these, Hale said that “’Narrow Eyes’ was the all-around favorite,” and he mentioned “There’s little things about each song […] that really make it for each of [them].”

Worford is the songwriter and said that he writes the songs “from just jamming around to music” that he likes and by taking suggestions from his fellow band members.

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