Once again it's on. The finalists have been announced for KTCL's annual Hometown for the Holidays promotion. Although some are understandably loathsome of such battle of the bands types of gigs, Hometown for the Holidays is a great gift to the scene. Is there any other city in the country with a radio station that creates this kind of exposure for its scene, putting no less than ten local acts into rotation for a few weeks? Exactly. Even if a band doesn't win, it wins. And when it wins, it wins big (see 2011's winner, Churchill, which recently joined the roster of Octone Records, and 2010's winner, Air Dubai, which has reportedly inked a deal with Hopeless Records). This year, there are a handful of returning contenders from last year, including My Body Sings Electric, last year's runner-up, but there are also a bunch of fresh new faces. Keep reading for this year's finalists.
The contenders for KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays 2012:
• Chemistry Club - "Bend to Colors" • Foxfield Four - "Money" • MEDIC - "Everything We Have" • Monroe Monroe - "Everything You Give" • My Body Sings Electric - "Oceancrest" • NAVY - "Something Good" • The Photo Atlas - "Memory Like a Sinking Ship" • Rachel and the Kings - "Fall Down" • Reno Divorce - "I'll Always Be Your Slave" • Vetta Star - "Auto Pilot"
Stop by Area93.com to hear tracks from all of the finalists and to sign up to receive a survey to weigh in on your favorite songs. As in past years, the top band will win recording time at the Blasting Room and get to perform at KTCL's Not So Silent Night next year, and the runner-up will receive $1,000. The top three bands will all get a photo shoot with Don Searle Photography.
See also: - Photos: Churchill wins KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays - KTCL Hometown for the Holidays 2011 finalists - KTCL Hometown for the Holidays 2010 finalists - KTCL Hometown for the Holidays 2009 winner - KTCL Hometown for the Holidays 2009 - the Bands - KTCL Hometown for the Holidays 2009 - the fans - KTCL Hometown for the Holidays 2008 winner