The contenders

By BOB GULLA  |  February 9, 2006

Street Credit
HOMETOWN: South County
LINEUP: Jon Mulshenock (vocals/guitar), Bill Farrell (bass), Cam Allen (guitar), Eric Milano (drums)
SOUND: “Dirty rock/reggae.”
HISTORY: “Originally a three-piece formed in southern Florida. Moved back to New England, picked up Bill and Cam and have been touring Rhode Island and Boston.”
RECORDINGS: “Assorted gold records in Japan.”
MISSION: “To keep everyone dancing the entire night.”
FINAL THOUGHTS: “Come to Giza for the Rock Hunt and hear some talented local bands. We’re looking forward to playing with all of them.”

GENRE JUMPERS Headroom401.Headroom401
HOMETOWN: Cumberland
LINEUP: Pat Condon (guitar/vocals), Peter Fayan (bass/vocals), Kevin Jette (drums/vocals), Marco Leclerc (keys/vocals), Jon Letourneau (guitar/trombone/ukulele/ vocals)
SOUND: “The band’s sound spans many genres — rock, jazz, blues, funk, calypso, reggae, groove-trance, bluegrass, disco, and progressive — that are tastefully arranged with a focus on high energy. There is also an improvisational aspect to the music, creating an opportunity to connect with people in new ways.”
HISTORY: “Headroom401 formed in October of 2003. The band spent months working out original and cover songs before beginning to play clubs and bars during 2004. In June 2004 they asked their friend Jon Letourneau to play with them and the resulting chemistry was overwhelming.”
RECORDINGS: Feed the Geese (2004); working on a follow-up, due summer ’06.
MISSION: “Our mission is to play music that makes people feel good. The ultimate goal is to deliver a unique concert experience in each show.”
FINAL THOUGHTS: “We never play a song the same way twice. That way our listeners can have a brand new experience.”

The McGunks
HOMETOWN: Pawtucket
LINEUP: Bob Kadlec (vocals/guitar), Joe Osbourne (vocals/guitar), Phil McCaffrey (bass/vocals), John Stone (drums)
SOUND: “Punk rock ’n’ roll a la Social Distortion/Rancid.”
HISTORY: “Bob and John left Meat Depressed to join The USM, then quit that band in late 2003 to form the McGunks.”
RECORDINGS: Here Comes the Shame (2005).
MISSION: “Keep going as long as it’s still fun, and make some friends and some music along the way.”
FINAL THOUGHTS: “This band was started with the ‘George Castanza Theory’: Always go against your instincts, ’cause our instincts have not been so good prior to this.”

HOMETOWN: Fall River, Massachusetts
LINEUP: Ron Dallaire (vocals), Patrick Pacheco (guitar), Jeremy Tolleson (guitar), Kevin Arruda (bass), Steve Smith (drums)
SOUND: “Mainstream radio rock.”
HISTORY: “Have been together for just about two years now. It took an extensive search to find the right musicians with the level of dedication and focus to complete this project. Then long hours of songwriting, recording and live performances culminating to where we are now, with the opportunity to bring our dreams to reality.”
RECORDINGS: Truth Be Told, out February 25.
MISSION: “To land a major label recording contract with national exposure.”
FINAL THOUGHTS: “We hope to expose our music to new people and meet individuals in the local music scene who can also help us do so.”

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