Rockonsin is the coolest thing out of Wisconsin since cheese curds. The Wisconsin youth garage band competition really upped its game a few years back, taking the event to Summerfest where the bands selected from numerous applications get to compete for the prizes and the prestige. Dennis Graham (Dennis Graham Associates) is to be commended for his undying efforts to keep music in the forefront of these yound performers. As we all know, music may not only stimulate cognitive abilities, it provides accomplishment and self-esteem and works to keep kids in school.
The winning band and runner-up each get a second Summerfest set and a free recording session at Madison’s Blast House Studios. The winning band also received a Shure vocal wireless microphone. Each of the twelve bands that made it to the competition received two Shure microphones. But like the commercial goes, the experience is priceless. Not only playing on a huge Summerfest stage in front of a large crowd but performing for the Rockonsin judges who give valuable critiques both written and verbal. And hey, it’s pretty cool getting picked up on the south end of the grounds by Summerfest personnel who motor you through the festival grounds to the backstage area.
Quick & Painless follow in the footsteps of previous competition winners like Gabe Burdulis, Distant Cuzins and Sam Lyons who have all gone on to do some pretty impressive things. Actually, Quick & Painelss have taken the crown for the second year in a row now and have already released an EP and a full-length album.
The group hail from Lake Mills, Waunakee and Verona consisting of Everett Karlen on lead guitar and vocals, Emma Deppen on bass and vocals, Ryan Badger on keys/ rhythm guitar and Max Beardsley on drums.
Quick & Painless have a new single out called “Pragmatic,” which you can stream on Spotify here. The song comes from the album of the same name which was just released in June.