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Competition gives band chance at deal (video)

By Jessica Rodrigo
Nov. 11, 2013 at 5:11 a.m.

Goodmorning, Gorgeous is, from left, Matt Guajardo, Jordan Brown,  Drew Buckner, John Michael Perez and  Lee Wall.

Goodmorning, Gorgeous is heading to Hollywood.

The Victoria metalcore band is hoping to break into the music industry by beating the competition at a national battle of the bands event hosted by Sumerian Records.

The five-member band won two elimination rounds in San Antonio and Austin to earn the chance to compete in Hollywood. The big prize is the chance to sign a record deal with the Los Angeles-based music label, whose bands include Periphery, I See Stars and Asking Alexandria.

It's been an exciting experience, said John Michael Perez, Goodmorning, Gorgeous' manager and rhythm guitarist.

After surviving the first round of eliminations, the group opened for one of the All Star Tour shows in Houston at the House of Blues, which was something he never expected.

The second round was a nerve-wracking one, he said.

"The second round was literally the best metal bands out of Texas at one venue," said Perez, 22. "We're just humble to be a part of this opportunity."

Beating the competition

It started in January, when the band saw a post by Sumerian Records announcing a battle of the bands competition for a record label.

"We weren't really expecting to get the next round," said Matt Guajardo, 21, lead guitarist for the band. "We went in not expecting much."

As a result of its win, the band was set to open for the All Stars Tour in August, which included major names such as Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin and Capture The Crown.

In September, the group moved on to the semi-finals in Austin, where Goodmorning, Gorgeous was one of two bands to move to the third round in Hollywood.

In between the the first and second round, Guajardo was busy writing new material for the group. And during the second round, they showcased their EP, Capstone, and took another win in the competition.

The Sumerian agents loved it, he said.

"We asked him what we could do differently to win, and he said just to play exactly like we did for the second round," Guajardo said.

If the band comes out on top of the 16 bands that are slated to perform, it could mean more than just a record label for Goodmorning, Gorgeous.

"We would be touring nationally, probably 300 days out of the year," Perez said.

Because Sumerian is such a large record label for metal music, he said they could possibly tour in Australia and Europe as well.

"It's hard to believe that there's one more show standing in between this and living our dreams," Guajardo said.

Final countdown

While the band members hail from Victoria, they don't all live in town, so rehearsing can be a challenge.

The band will practice their performance Friday at a metal band show at the Downtown Bar and Grill in Victoria.

"We wanna play perfect every live show," Guajardo said. "Keeping the whole set fresh in our minds and playing a few days before the big show is beneficial."

Before they hit Downtown Bar and Grill, he said the group will meet Thursday for rehearsal, take the stage in Victoria and then head to Yuma, Ariz., where they have a show Sunday. Then Tuesday, the band will hit Hollywood and leave it all on stage.

"This competition is the biggest opportunity we've had since we've all been playing in bands," Perez said.

Guajardo agreed.

"I'm just hoping the next show is gonna be the one to get us to the next level and make it an actual career," Guajardo said.



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