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ABOUT THE CONTESTANTS For those who love the harmonic and kinetic, the melodic and energetic, you have found the perfect sphere for your ears to orbit. A guitar pop capsule adrift in tonal ozone. The Contestants love what they do and it’s absolutely audible. They are a band of music fans and of friends. By melding a wide range of influences, the group synthesizes a unique brand of progressive pop music. The Contestants hail from the musical wonderland of Portland, Oregon and came into being over the course of several years and several lineup changes. After recording their first two EPs and a full-length album under the name The Empty Set, some members left as others were added. The final lineup – Josh Kirby, Darin Fabrick, Scott Eggimann and Jean-Paul Ramos – emerged as The Contestants. The band's first release, "A Fitting Retreat" was met with strong reviews. Soon after, the Contestants began writing at a furious pace and with the assistance of the supremely talented Jaim Andrew recorded their latest record “Can Die In A Fire” in their rehearsal space. While not at all a departure from previous poppishness, this latest offering sounds full-grown and has a distinct 60’s-flavored spice to it. Our new studio is up and running, and we've got the basic tracks and most of the overdubs of the eleven new songs recorded. As we muddle our way through Pro Tools 8, we hope to have something completed by the end of this year.
MUSIC Check out the tracks below from our previous albums. New recordings are expected to be released in Spring 2017. All previous recordings are available on Spotify and iTunes.
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2823 SE 74th Ave, Portland, OR 97206

503 830-1570