(Profile order is based on who sent in their entry form first.)
Edric Haleen: If you don't know about Edric by now, you're not going to find out about Edric in this bio. (But don't despair -- there's always his webpages...)
R1: On The Matter Of Bullying (Part 3)
R2: Born Of Hate
R3: A Brave New World
R4: I Wanna Go Dancing (placed 4th)
Wait What (the Band): Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti, Wait What seeks to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that they've become, which is a band from Long Beach with four members. And eight balls.
R1: Voted Out Without You Here
Dr Lindyke: There are these two guys, see? And one of them writes words, and one of them writes music. One day the words fell in the music and couldn't get out. So instead of being properly embarrassed, the guys pretended it was on purpose and started calling themselves "a composer", using just one name just to be confusing. They could have called themselves something cool like "Reese's Peanut Butter Band", but they didn't. Their real names are Dave Leigh & William Hoover. They're not even a doctor. Sheesh
R2: I Hate Myself For Loving You
R3: Voted Out A Historical Account Of The Life And Accomplishments Of Abraham Lincoln Of Which Every Word Is True I Swear
R4: Relief (Shadow) - Gotta Pee (Parody) (Shadow)
Army Defense: The Deans of Pop, hailing from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin.
R1: Phil And Don
R2: Voted Out What Can I Do
Jailhouse Payback: Guitars, drums, a bicycle, a shotgun, and the truth.
R1: Hey Eugene
R3: Voted Out Maritime Achaeology
R4: Back Pain (Shadow)
TurboShandy: Having competed in the past two SpinTunes as a "full band", TurboShandy are unplugging for Spintunes #8. In an effort to shake things up (and so Stu doesn't have to program drum tracks) they will be dusting off their acoustic guitars, and whatever else dusty is lying around, to bring you some acoustic punky pop.
Links: Website - @stu_hig
R2: Stoic (DQ)
Caravan Ray: Caravan Ray is a loose collective of musicians, poets and performance artists who currently reside within an old, derilict public servant in southern Queensland. He is available for parties.
Links: Website - @CaravanRay - YouTube
R1: Missing You
R2: Disdain In The Refrain
R3: Deadline Victim
R4: Pain (Shadow)
Felix Frost: I've been making amateur experimental music for about 7 years now, and only recently did it start sounding good--so bear with me. Usually, I do shiny pop sounding music with story-based lyrics and off-the-wall through composed structures. But hopefully I can restrain my avant garde impulses for the contest and make something that's not too startling this time.
Links: Website - @magicturtle643 - YouTube
R1: Cat's Eye
R3: Voted Out Cloudy
T.C.: Hi, I'm T.C. I've written over 600 songs and at least one of them doesn't suck. I also judged once upon a time, but don't hold that against me.
Links: Website - YouTube
R1: Broken Mind - Will You Run Away With Me, My Love (Shadow)
R2: Voted Out You Cheated On Me (And Now I Hate You) - The Kitchen Table (Shadow)
Links: Website - @theorionsound - YouTube
R1: Without You (A Valentines Stalker Song Sequel)
R2: Deadline Victim
Trader Jack: blah blah blah
Links: Website - YouTube
R1: Doom Dah
R2: Deadline Victim
R3: FreeYourCredit.com (M.A.C.D.) (Shadow)
Dex01: Dex has been trying to make something musical for a few years now. He'll get there eventually.
Links: Website - @dex01
R1: Voted Out Monster
Spencer Sokol: Spencer has a few guitars and a voice, and will attempt to use them to the best of his abilities. He wants to do musical things, so he may call himself a musician. He also never realized how difficult it would be to write a bio about something he doesn't quite think he is yet.
Links: Website - @SpencerSokol - YouTube
R2: Deadline Victim
Ominous Ride: Despite Ominous Ride's worldwide reputation as, "A notch and three-fourths below this generation's Kiss," the truth is that OR is merely a reclusive English professor who resides with his beautiful and patient wife on the central coast of California, and who writes music to get attention from strangers. Incidentally, this comprises the better part of his social life.
R1: Voted Out When I Lost You
Sara Parsons: A northern-Californian 20-something singing/songwriting lady-type human beast reluctantly coming out of contest retirement as a means of seeking distraction from her (hopefully very temporary) lapse in employment.
Links: Website - @parsons - YouTube
R2: Who Am I Kidding? (DQ)
Jutze: Singing folky pop songs like "I Wish Natalie Portman Was My Neighbour", "The Fault in The Fault in Our Stars" and "Laundry Day", Jutze has left marks all over the internet. His most recent project saw him release 52 52-second songs throughout 2011. For SpinTunes #8 he will now return to write somewhat longer tracks. Jutze's real name is Johannes Schult. He lives in Germany and is a fan of Roxette, Eric Bazilian, Dar Williams, Spencer Sokol, Blind Guardian, Jarrett Heather, statistics and Star Wars.
Links: Website - @schult - YouTube
R1: Nancy (Please Don't Go)
R2: I Hate You
R3: Banjo (Rejected Wikipedia Edit)
R4: The Bleeding Dragon (placed 3rd)
The Boffo Yux Dudes: Old guys who should know better. The ones your parents warned you about.The Dudes reformed in 2009, creating music new music for the confused masses. Allan Morgan and Tom Giarrosso head this version of BYD with rabid optimism that they'll be remembered for more than just all those replays on Dr. Demento. Record holder of most shadow songs submitted. Our 8th attempt at actually getting past Round 2.
Links: Website - @BoffoYuxDudes - YouTube
R1: Voted Out Dead Wrong
R2: Suitcase Full Of Hate (Shadow)
R4: Is There A Doctor In The House? (Shadow) - I'm In Love With The Pain That You Give (Shadow) - Pain (Shadow) - Put The Hammer Down (Shadow) - Window Pain (Shadow)
Sid Brown: Sid dabbles in songwriting from time to time playing mostly guitar and fiddle. As of late he has kept to himself strumming in a quiet corner of North Carolina, keeping hidden so as to not melt the skulls of the innocent with his sick melodies. It is also rumored he hates the sound of his own voice. The highlight of his career was playing fiddle in a very cool cover band with Kevin Savino-Riker years ago.
R1: Voted Out Who You Used To Be
Zoe Gray: Zoe is a 13 year old girl. She plays piano, guitar, and sings about almost everything that catches her fancy, from love songs dedicated to fictional characters to haunted houses to feminist rallies. Her favorite pastimes include writing poetry for chocolate, steampunkifying things, and presenting thorough research projects detailing the oncoming destruction of humanity.
R1: Ginger Twins
R2: Black With You
R3: Voted Out The Truth About Homeschooling
R4: Apologize (Shadow)
Jenny Katz: Daughter of a Chicago jazzman, Jenny was weaned on Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Jon Hendricks, and Astrud Gilberto. She regularly makes her teenage sons turn off the sound on the video game console so she can record in the kitchen. Her voice has been described (by her husband) as “sexy" and her songwriting has been called "a cross between Joni Mitchell and Warren Zevon.”
R1: Secret Love Life
R2: Voodoo Doll
R3: Liars Cheats And Weasels
R4: Clear (winner)
Ménage a Tune: Ménage a Tune is currently made up of JoAnn Abbott and Ted Kiper. She writes the songs and does lead vocals; he adds the awesome with his piano skills and editing, as well as singing. They live in Virginia, USA and have done Christian music for their church and are working on some children’s songs.
R1: Voted Out The Box Feeling
R2: Wevenge (Shadow)
R3: A Simple Set Of Rules (Shadow)
Ross Durand: Been writing songs since I was 12, I'm older than that now. I also grew up playing french horn and writing classical music. I have a few albums on itunes. I was champion of Spintunes 6. I like cheeseburgers, pizza, and watching tennis on tv.
Links: Website - YouTube
R1: Sitting Right Here
R3: Voted Out How To Write A Hit Song
Governing Dynamics: Governing Dynamics is a one man alt-rock "band" from Independence, MO. GD's music has been described as "creamy" by weirdos, and reminiscent of Radiohead, Counting Crows, The Pixies, The Replacements, and other cool bands by people who were being too kind.
Links: Website - @governingdmusic
R1: Song To Stay Awake (700 Miles)
R2: Trump Card
R3: Voted Out Because
R4: Girl Is A Ghost (Shadow)
Brian Gray: Singer. Songwriter. Monotreme.
Links: Website - @BrianGrayMusic
R1: The Child I Left Behind
R2: Stupid Face
R3: Deadline Victim
Ryan M. Brewer: Ryan M. Brewer is a singer/songwriter from Indianapolis, Indiana. A relentless performer, Brewer has played 130+ shows in the short 2 years since the launch of his solo career. He has toured the nation from New York to L.A., and Milwaukee to Austin. He continues to tour regularly and the follow up to his debut self-titled album is due for release later this year.
Links: Website - @ryanmbrewer - YouTube
R1: Burn Out Or Fade Away (PSH)
R2: Fear [Of Failure] And [Self] Loathing In Las Vegas
R3: Jesus Christ's Biographer Gives A Guest Lecture
R4: Christ Speaks (runner up)
James Young: I am a UK-based amateur songwriter and home recording enthusiast. I also do vocals, guitar, bass & occasional drums with rock trio AvidFan.
Links: Website - @avidfanman
R1: Never Coming Home
R2: Voted Out I Hate You
Hudson And Day: Each year on a lush tropical paradise rife with intrigue; glittering celebrities, fashionistas, noted entertainment moguls, titans of industry, and the aliens meet in SECRET at an exclusive resort to determine ALL of next season’s #HotTrendz. But you won’t find Hudson and Day there among the elite in government, media, and stealth orthodontics THIS time. Nope. WE bailed to party HERE. Hope you’re happy. We could have been in a hottie filled jacuzzi sipping perrier-jouet! No. Thank YOU.
Links: Website - @HudsonandDay - YouTube
R1: Voted Out I Tried, Okay
Heather Miller: I picked up a loaner guitar and Easy Beatles Songbook in 2001, taught myself a few chords and kicked around with songwriting off and on for a bit. A radio show, some songwriting contests, folk festivals, and a songwriting certificate later, I decided to stop kidding myself and take my dreams seriously. So in 2011, I sold my car, moved to Austin to study at Rubicon Artist Development, played 157 open mics and showcases, and recorded an EP called Anchor (the title track started out as a SpinTunes entry!) that is due out this summer. I'm now back in Iowa, ready for the next chapter in my musical journey!
Links: Website - @humsongs - YouTube Channel
R1: Deadline Victim Greatest Generation (Shadow)
R2: You Make Me (Shadow)
Taylor R: I’ve been making music since I started competing in the February Album Writing Month challenge in 2010. I am a fairly average bedroom musician who writes all sorts of things, all vaguely in the school of pop and rock, usually featuring guitars and occasionally featuring pianos.
R1: Voted Out Missing You
Adam Sakellarides: As a native southern-Californian and former band geek, Adam started writing songs on an old guitar from the 70s that his parents won in a raffle. He was raised on Weird Al, Barenaked Ladies, Jonathan Coulton, and robbery. Although he's a nerd at heart, he's relatively comfortable onstage. Song subjects include astronomy, zombies, math, aliens, language, martian rovers, socially awkward people, and other things.
Links: Website - @AdamSounds - YouTube
R1: Right Place, Wrong Time (The Time Traveller)
R2: Damn You
R3: Voted Out Why The Sky Is Blue
Links: Website - @andyglover - YouTube
R1: What's Making Me Sad (Shadow)
Links: Website - @glenraphael - YouTube
R1: Hangnail (Shadow)