Digital Battle of the Bands: Usurp the King

Local bands are competing against one another on social media for a chance to play at Nikon Jones Beach Theater this summer.

The bands entered a contest by submitting a not more than 20 second video to the Fit for Fame Facebook app and from now until June 27 anyone can vote for a band’s video on the app. The band that receives the most votes will get to perform at Retro Fitness’s branded Side Stage at Nikon Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 13, 2014.

CEO of Retro Fitness, Eric Casaburi is very excited for the competition.

“Music is the fuel behind fitness,” Casaburi said. “We are holding this competition to help showcase the bands in the local community, because we know there is a ton of musical talent in Long Island. I love listening to live music.

Pulse Insider is catching up with the 19 bands competing to help you decide whom to vote for. At press time Queens based, Usurp the King, had 70 votes.

Pulse Insider: Give us your six word-pitch for why you win Digital Battle of the Bands:
Usurp the King:
Your wildest dreams will come true.

Pulse Insider: How did you get your start in music?
Usurp the King:
Usurp the King started playing music together in late 2012 when childhood friends Vinny, Tom, and Steve met at the Big Four concert at Yankee stadium, during Metallica’s set.

After searching quite some time for the right bass player, Vinny got in touch with another friend, Mike Serra. Mike came out to audition and impressed the band and made the cut. Shortly after, Steve found the band’s killer vocalist, Jordan, online.

Pulse Insider: How would you describe your music to someone you just met:
Usurp the King:
Usurp the King’s music can be described as a tasteful blend of old school and modern metal. The singable and catchy guitar harmonies reminiscent of Iron Maiden, the shred factor of bands like Megadeth, and the heaviness and technical skill found in newer bands like Trivium and Revocation all are key factors in what makes up the band’s sound. Throw on top of that some solid bass lines, some Mastodon influenced and original drumming, as well as a screamin’ demon in the voice of the band’s unique singer, and there you have it.

Vote for Usurp the King on Facebook.