Call Security, a band comprised of five HWS students, was recently named the “Judges’ Choice” winner at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s 2013 Battle of the Bands held on May 24. The band has won the opportunity to perform at Webster Hall in New York City, as well as 25 hours of studio recording time at The Recording Company, airplay on WEQX 102.7 and custom T-shirts and merchandise from Saratoga Statement.
“To compete against bands much further along in their careers–bands on tour and bands with music on MTV and the like-and to be declared the favorite by a panel of music industry judges really made us feel like we have something unique, and could pursue our band further,” says Peter Keller’15, bass player with Call Security. “It feels less like a distant dream now that we’ve been granted the support and confidence to put everything into our music.”
This year’s judges were: Richard Pawelczyk of NYC’s Webster Hall, Donna Eichmeyer of Live Nation, and Greg Haymes, Nippertown.com editor and musician. Call Security was selected as one of the 10 finalists from roughly 50 contenders and was voted in by public demand.
The band is composed of Keller, Tucker Jennings ’14, the band’s drummer, Kathryn Middleton ’14 on keyboard, Michelle Poulin ’15 on guitar, and Ben Scheibel ’14 on vocals. The group recently released its first six-song EP which is available on Facebook. They plan to complete their first full album within a year.
Inspired by the likes of Blink 182, the Killers, and Mumford and Sons, the alternative rock band took formation in 2011 and has played numerous shows on campus, highlighted by its performance as the opening act for Passion Pit at the Smith Opera House in May of 2012.
“At HWS, Call Security is well known for playing popular cover songs at parties where everyone dances, sings along, and has a great time. However, this victory was unique in that the three judges appreciated our original songs, unique sound, and our energy and chemistry on stage. When we started a year and a half ago at HWS, we played just to have fun and in the process became very close friends. This win made us realize that we can dream big and become something more,” says Middleton.
“We owe the Colleges all the gratitude in the world,” said Keller prior to the Battle of the Bands. “The HWS community has had our back from the beginning which has really served as a springboard for us… we truly appreciate all the local support.”