By: Nadia Kurtz, Staff Writer
Photos By: Nadia Kurtz
Tonight at The Union, a little friendly competition was in the air. The
local bar was hosting a Battle of the Bands between Ohio University’s
own Friends In Distraction and The Lost Boys. The two bands have
totally different styles, but they both kept the audience rocking until
The band of Ohio University freshmen formed only last quarter. Since
then the multi-talented musicians have put together an impressive
repertoire of original songs along with a number of well-arranged
covers. The band has been seen at The Front Room and Donkey Coffee and
performed their first official show last Friday alongside none other but
After their impressive opening, things began to go slightly awry. The
sound was muffled and the microphones were screaming. As cringe-worthy
as it was at first, The Lost Boys easily masked the awful sound with
their upbeat tunes. Mitch gets the crowd moving with his original “My
Hearse” while Ben is on the keyboard and Kyle joins in on the chorus
with his signature falsetto.
Kyle then performs his only original of the show as front-man while
Mitch comes in with his sporadic guitar solos and jumping all over the
stage as usual.
Next, we begin to see some variety. Kyle moves to the back on the cajon
drum and sings background harmonies while Ben takes the front. His
husky yet melodic voice hushes the crowd with his original, “Noise.”
Then the band goes into some of their catchier songs and gets the crowd
clapping along to “Redundant Days” and “My Confusion.” At this point,
Ben is on the ukelele which adds a tinkling melodic effect. Kyle then
comes in on the accordion for their second to last song, “Crumbling.”
This song slows things down a bit.
It does not last long, however, as The Lost Boys close their set
with the crowd-favorite, a cover of “Shout.” By the end of
their act, the band has the crowd dancing and screaming the words to the
song. The Lost Boys were definitely a hit.
The three-member band has been playing together since last quarter as
well, with sophomore Dan Baker as their frontman, freshman Garrett Hood
on lead guitar and freshman Dylan Sams on the djembe drum.
The band starts off their performance with an upbeat cover of “Your
Gonna Go Far Kid” originally by The Offspring. The start to act two is
quite shaky as the sound is back to being awful and you can hardly hear
Dan singing. The trio, or rather Dan, puts on quite a show, however, as
he runs all over the stage like a mad-man.
The band is pretty much a combination of folk and rock and are
continually upbeat. Dan goes into an original called “1993,” the sound
is adjusted, and then they're rolling with Dylan going to town on the
djembe. They reel in the crowd with some audience participation, and
then transition into a lengthy ballad called “Nester.”
Then the band plays a song called “Caked.” If you have been to Front
Room for open mic night, I guarantee you have heard this song. Dan
invites anyone who knows the lyrics to the stage and the crowd goes
The mic goes back to Dan as he invites a childhood friend to the stage
and sings about his hometown, New Jersey, in an original called
“Colonia.” The band closes the show while the crowd is clapping along
and obviously wanting more. Unfortunately though, the show is over and a
decision must be made.
It was difficult at that point to come up with a winner. The show had
been pretty consistent as far as excitement from the audience went.
Both bands were totally different in style but really revved up the
mood and had a lot of versatility. As both bands and the
audience anxiously awaited the announcement which band would win the five hours of
free studio time (which is the winning prize), the verdict came: and
the winners are The Lost Boys!
The crowd went wild, of course, including Friends In Distraction. The
Lost Boys graciously took their award and offered to split the five hours
between the two bands. I think it is safe to say the night was a