Oneonta student bands Hello, Seattle and Somewhere Up There bested 11 other artists from several SUNY schools to take the top two places in Round 1 of the contest, and then trounced two groups from SUNY New Paltz to advance to the finals. Get social and encourage friends to support #TeamHelloSeattle or #TeamSomewhereUpThere! Listen to a sample of the bands’ original music and CAST YOUR VOTES HERE. Fans can vote once a day until noon on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Hello, Seattle is a five-piece alternative pop rock band made up of SUNY Oneonta students Amy Maxwell (guitar/vocals), Frank Cicciarello (bass), Andrew Platt (drums), Jason Psanis (piano) and lead singer Kimberly Berg. The group started when Berg and Maxwell met in an audio production class back in 2011. Their debut EP, titled “Writing in Reverse,” launched Hello, Seattle onto the music scene in January 2012. Since then, they’ve performed at OH-Fest8, released their first full-length album, “Improper Greeting,” and opened for Timeflies and Mayday Parade at this year’s fall concert.
Somewhere Up There is a rock group formed in fall 2011 by SUNY Oneonta students and longtime friends Nick Squillante ( vocals) and Rob Farella (drums), with roommates Nick Juliano (keyboard/synth) and Joe Frappaolo (guitar). A few months after the band formed, Rob and Joe hosted an open mic night in their residence hall. There, they met Kyle Sisco, who joined the band on bass guitar. The band has released its first EP, “Northern Lights,” and is at work on a full-length album, which will include their single “The End.”