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Manlius: First-ever battle of bands draws large crowd in Manlius

Subcat Records, who donated four hours of free studio time as the grand prize, is a local label that operates a full, state-of-the-art recording studio in Skaneateles. They have worked with a number of local artists and have signed deals with three bands: Gonculator, The Scarlet Ending and Simple Life -- all three of which have full length CD's released under the Subcat imprint.

Aside from a good excuse for local kids to hang out and eat hot dogs on the hill by the Swan Pond, the Manlius Battle of the Bands was proof that the local music scene is alive and well, even among the high school generations.

Among the featured talent was Douglas Fir, a jam band whose sounds echo the likes of Phish, the Grateful Dead and neo-jazz jammers Medeski Martin and Wood. A four-piece hailing out of Manlius, Douglas Fir has the mellow swagger of a jam band, while showing a genuine capacity for songwriting.

Victim of the Week, another local quintet describing itself as "alternative hardcore," takes a more creative approach mixing digital ambience and hard, heavy guitars and drums. Great American Story, a two-piece acoustic set, also performed along with Mother Walrus and Meechrob.

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