Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.
Conway's This Holy House are no strangers to the Showcase, having played in the 2011 edition. But since then, the group added guitarist Jordan Ahne to the mix, to impressive results.
Ahne and singer/guitarist Elliott Cotten can shred, and last night they did, showing off some fiery six-string interplay. The Brothers Velek — James on drums and David on bass — give the band solid footing and rhythmic counterpoint that make them stand out among their indie rock peers.
Judge Mandy McBryde was duly impressed. "The music sounds so good but feels effortless. They are definitely working for the greater good... and it's working." Guest judge Shayne Gibbs wrote, "I dig the reverb-drenched guitars and engaging drumbeats. Kind of reminds me of Bright Eyes, but this cat can sing. Love the drums, never boring."
Grayson Shelton wrote that THH is a "good mid-tempo modern rock 'n' roll band. Not as in radio rock, more Wilco-esque, but Elliot is more of a pure 'singer' than a 'storyteller.'" He also noted: "I sold Elliot that guitar for $20. True story." CT wrote, "Singer is very emotional. Huge songs. I like big songs."
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