Thousands of votes by Newsday readers and Long Island music fans have narrowed the competition in Newsday's Battle of the Bands Contest from 55 bands down to the Top 10 finalists.
Next up, a panel of music industry judges will choose from the finalists (the 10 bands who garnered the most reader votes) to crown the greatest music group rocking Nassau and Suffolk. Get to know each of the Top 10 bands below.
Where they're from: Commack
Members: Gerard Johnston, Mike Readinger, Alex Galina, Robby Deitz, Mike Vitale, Ray Maguire, Kevin Miller, Randy Smith
From the band: "We are a Long Island-based Funk outfit. LDF has recently been making a name for themselves throughout the East Coast. Also known as Ladies Drink Free, the group has adopted "LDF" to fit their new streamlined sound and brand. Their eclectic songwriting and eccentric stage banter energizes their consistent, unforgettable live performances that keep people dancing. We are super excited to be applying this year! We just missed the deadline with our video last year, and we are psyched because we just finished filming this video and do not have it released yet! A musical gumbo -- we are a blend of gritty funk, R&B/soul, pop rock, and modern jazz that creates a bold sound laced with subtle nuances. With some members playing since their middle school days, the group has been driven to strike mainstream appeal while exploring new ideas through genre-pushing compositions and improvisation. Our reputation as must-see musicians, along with the release of our debut album has propelled LDF into a string of notable performances including Webster Hall, the Great South Bay Music Festival, the Knitting Factory, and the Montauk Music Festival, sharing the bill with jam favorites like Turkuaz, Consider the Source, and The Main Squeeze."
Frankel Sisters Band
Where they're from: Setauket
Members: Jaymee Frankel, Lianne Frankel, Josh Frankel
From the band: "You have to be in it to win it! As passionate and determined singer\song writers our music connects with many diverse groups of people, especially Long Islanders. Our music lets people know it's ok to be human. We're not always perfect and our lives aren't always what they appear to be on social media. The messages we send are real and relatable. Even though everyone in life is different, we all share the same emotions of love, power, strength, weakness, disappointment, and hope. We want our listeners to feel comfort in knowing that they aren't alone in the highs and lows of life. But our music is versatile, and can sometimes just be mindless, feel-good, and fun. We want to create music that gets stuck in people's heads and makes for memorable car rides. Through our music we have the ability to inspire our community by being role models for all ages and putting smiles on the faces of many."
Where they're from: Massapequa
Members: Jesse Viteri, Matt Schock, Devon Giurco
From the band: "We are three teenagers bringing old school rock back!!! Music needs a kick in the butt and we're the guys to do it!!!"
Where they're from: Levittown
Members: Alex Hertler, Ryan Daversa, John Barry
From the band: "The band Metal Hawks is talented, fun and extremely hard-working. We pride ourselves on always putting on a great show. We put a lot of work into our music because it matters. Winning the Battle of the Bands would not only make us feel good but also our fans, especially those who have helped us along the way."
Off the Record
Where they're from: Port Washington
Members: Reid Sherman, Dylan Morrissey, Alex Siller, Dan Guzman
From the band: "We put a different 'spin' on music.! No pun intended! Seriously, we are four guys who feel passionate about all genres and time periods of music. We also love performing and making the audience happy. Looking forward to more performances and growth opportunities. We feel "optimistic" about this contest!"
Where they're from: Melville
Members: Gregory Diem, Patrick Carroll, Joshua Roiland, Evan Brandow
From the band: "What started as four longtime friends covering songs in their basements from their favorite artists Green Day and Blink-182, soon turned into Final Call. We love performing live shows on Long Island and watching everyone have a great time with us. We also worked very hard last summer to put out our debut EP, "What Lies Ahead," which was an amazing experience. We know that we have so much more great music, energy, and enjoyment to give to people and that winning Newsday's Battle of the Bands Contest would help us immensely in doing so. We hope you enjoy our video for our song 'Rejected,' and thanks for listening!"
Where they're from: East Setauket
Members: Nicholas Riviezzo, Dan McCaffrey, Pat Morelli, Brian D'Angio
From the band: "SWIM is a pop/rock band from Stony Brook, NY that has performed across Long Island for the past few years. Formed by lifelong best friends while attending Stony Brook University, SWIM has been together since 2014. Over this time, we have taken the time to mature our sound and our performance from the first tracks on our self-titled EP, to our just released EP, 'Finally, Someone.' Along the way we have developed our sound and our songwriting, releasing infectious pop songs marked with guitar hooks and relentless grooves that salute classic rock while maintaining a fresh, modern sound. With this new EP, SWIM is looking for the next step in our musical career and hope that the Newsday Battle of the Bands could be that push."
Crash The Calm
Where they're from: Massapequa
Members: Patrick Smith, Matt Bodt, Brian Dowling, Ryan Sweeney, Connor Holzmann
From the band: "Crash The Calm should win Newsday's Battle of the Bands Contest because we are hard-working, educated musicians that have been together for the past 3 years and have been pouring our hearts and souls into our music. We are extremely proud of being from Long Island, and have each been influenced and affected by living here and we try to express that through our music. We just currently released our debut full-length album and it has been making an impact all across the Island and out of state. Music is such a serious part of our lives, and the relationships we have built along the way make everything we do extremely worth all the effort. If we could win the Battle of the Bands and have the help of Newsday to spread our band's Long Island sound, it would help each band member get closer to achieving everything we have ever dreamed of."
The Janes Life
Where they're from: Plainview
Members: Jaime Swartz, Kelly Crapa, Tayla Cornelia, Bella Barbaro, Llyra Chambers
From the band: "We've been battling the bumps of the music industry for 3 years now, and believe we have what it takes to help make a change in our community with our love and passion for music and our fans. Having a write-up in Newsday would be an amazing thing for us to help spread the word of The Janes Life and the women power on Long Island!"
Where they're from: Ronkonkoma
Members: Michael Milillo, Chris Moraitis, Mike White, Mike Brasile
From the band: "For a young band, gaining publicity can be extremely difficult. Since Amboy started in 2014, all we wanted to do was make music that people could enjoy. With the help of Newsday and this contest, people from all over Long Island would be able to hear our songs. When we started this group I was 16 years old and in high school. Since then, Amboy has grown into something I really believe in. Writing and performing music is our favorite thing to do, and being able to share that with more people would be a dream come true."