Penny Fortune wins Band Wars The Revenge


Penny Fortune won Band Wars 2. Photo by Richard AmeryBand Wars 2 the Revenge returned to the Lethbridge College Barn for another sold out crowd.

 While I couldn’t stay for the whole thing, I was there for rap duo Penny Fortune’Lock N’ Load. Photo by Richard Amerys set which won this event. They placed second in the last band wars in January.

But people responded to their blend of rap and hip hop with live keyboards and guitar. They exhibited catchy vocal melodies, some funky guitar chops and entertaining keyboards.

 I also missed a set by the revamped local rock/ metal band Eyes of Isis, which earned them second place.

Though I missed Caste of Shadows and Enceladus who made an impression during their January Band Wars appearance, as well as James Clare and a slightly tweaked DeadVoice, I caught impressive and loud sets by Chief Mountain and the Living Luca as well as death metal from Decimate the Silence.

 Lock N Load impressed me right off , starting with some two handed guitar tapping and a howling, charismatic frontthe Living Luca drum solo. Photo by Richard Ameryman who yelled like Metallica’s James Hetfield as he guzzled beer and  leaped all over the stage.

 Decimate the Silence. Photo by Richard AmeryThey ended their energetic and loud set by throwing t-shirts into the crowd, launching the last one onto a light fixture high above the dance floor, writhing with boisterous fans sporting the  shirts emblazoned with the phrase “We‘re loaded.”

Chief Mountain added to their psychedelic  garage rock sound by adding Mexican wrestler masks to  their  stage show.  They played a solid set, though  they played a lot more of their slower songs which I don’t like as much as their more uptempo material.Chief Mountain, Mexican wrestler style. Photo by Richard Amery

The Living Luca were in fine form as Bridgette Yarwood  continues to be the quintessential charismatic frontwoman.

 They  began with a real cool, fast, funky new song powered by  an intricate bassline. Yarwood grabbed a pair of drumsticks and did a dual drum solo with her brother Brendon.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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