Den­ver’s Red­lands win 93.3’s Home­town for the Hol­i­days

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Ian Gass­man

Ah, the hol­i­days are here, breath­ing whole­some val­ues like car­ing, shar­ing and love down our necks.

But cut­throat com­pe­ti­tion is far more beau­ti­ful and fun. That’s why Chan­nel 93.3 (KTCL-FM) graced us once again with its Home­town for the Hol­i­days bat­tle of the bands.

This time around, Red­lands was crowned the win­ner af­ter riff­ing it out against fi­nal­ists Io­lite and Pan­das & Peo­ple on Dec. 17 at Sum­mit Mu­sic Hall. The band joins past win­ners like Churchill, My Body Sings Elec­tric and 888.

Te­nac­ity, if not great tunes, pro­pelled Den­ver’s Red­lands to the top. Af­ter form­ing in Grand Junc­tion, the lit­tle-known in­die rock quartet has been hus­tling since 2013. It’s fi­nally paid off with their win, which nets them a chance to play 93.3’s Not So Silent Night 2017, record­ing time at The Blast­ing Room and a spot on stage at the 2017 West­word Mu­sic Show­case. Mean­while, Fort Collins folk out­fit Pan­das & Peo­ple re­ceived $1,000 and maybe a few hugs as the live per­for­mance win­ner.

The losers were ban­ished from ever play­ing in Colorado again. Nah, just kid­ding. But it would have been nice if 93.3 shook it up with an im­promptu snow­ball fight among the mu­si­cians, giv­ing third place artists one fi­nal chance at glory.

There’s al­ways next year.

Den­ver’s Red­lands won 93.3’s 2016 Home­town for the Hol­i­days bat­tle of the bands com­pe­ti­tion. Photo by Noemi Gon­za­lez, pro­vided by Red­lands

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