Tuneful throwdown

By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 17, 2010

Electro-rock trio HERRA TERRA (MySpace.com/Herra Terra) have shared the stage with established local acts like Mahi Mahi and California Smile, behind their '08 three-track demo Organs for the Afterlife ("Ejection Seats" should get the party started proper). Their latest single, "Lost in Labryrinth," should provide ample competition.

"This kind of spark should be mandatory for all people of the world," reads a quote and ideal reference point from Chris Ballew, singer for Presidents of the United States of America, in regards to YOU SCREAM I SCREAM (MySpace.com/YouScreamIScream), one of only two returning bands from last year's semi-finals (the Intel will perform next weekend). YSIS strike back with added firepower behind their recently released Bug In a Light, with quirky cuts and hooks residing somewhere between POTUSA and Tom Petty's catalog (e.g., the infectious "I need you now just like I need a hole in my head" hook on "High Maintenance").

YSIS were playfully entertaining last year at the same venue, ultimately losing to [The Viennagram:]. You Scream I Scream singer Floyd Kellogg (ex-Spookie Daly Pride) elaborated on their Rock Hunt re-entry.

"We came back because I'm a fan of WBRU," the YSIS frontman said. "And who wouldn't love some exposure and airplay?

"Last year our fan base was tiny, and the two other bands we played against were great," Kellogg noted. "The Coming Weak were powerful and tight, and [The Viennagram:] had a wild stage show.

"You Scream I Scream play an eclectic type of 'indie rock.' We have some catchy hooks but the sound is not rooted in 'mainstream pop-rock.' We use distorted bass and Rhodes piano rather than guitars, with synth and glockenspiel glazing the top. It's a quirky template but I'd say it separates us from a lot of other bands out there."

Come back next week for the lowdown on the other six semi-finalists.

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