The Apprehended Will Play in Vans® Warped Tour

By Wendy Pollitzer

Featured in The Island News

July 22, 2010

The Apprehended. Photo by Logan Pierce

Beaufort’s own, The Apprehended aren’t just a garage band anymore. They’re famous, and they’ve just hit the big time!

The Apprehended, a Streetcore band that mixes screeching punk, melodic hard rock and thrashing metalcore was just selected to play in Van’s® Warped Tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte, NC as part of a recent Battle of the Bands contest sponsored by Ernie Ball®.  The local band consists of 5 members, Michael Pitt (Lead Singer), Matt Snow (Guitar and Back-Up Vocals), Preston Shackelfurd (Guitar, Back-Up Vocals and Screams), Kevin Gornichec (Bass) and Josh Dooley (Drums).

The Ernie Ball® Battle Of The Bands competition started in February and Shackelfurd, the band’s guitar player and back-up vocals, quickly signed The Apprehended up for the competition.

Matt Snow, also on guitar and back-up vocals explained,  “We started off kind of weak, and we saw it as a long shot for us to actually be able to win the competition; but we decided, ‘If you don’t try, you fail.’ The first part of the competition was getting enough votes to be in the Top 100 of all the bands competing for Charlotte’s slots. We quickly amassed votes and were shooting up towards the stratosphere of the bands in number of votes.”

The band spent two weeks in the #1 position, but was overthrown by another band,The Fear of Falling. But, they kept promoting the site throughout all of the band’s shows.

In May, they went to Kinston, North Carolina to record their EP with John Harrell of The Sound Barn, who had recorded Sent By Ravens’ EP titled ‘The Effects Of Fashion And Prayer.’

The band waited for Harrell to send back the fist mixes of their EP, and they were floored by the quality! The Apprehended uploaded the songs to the Battle Of The Bands site, and the plays just kept coming.

To date, the band has 685 total plays and 1610 votes, which helped the band get into the Top 100.  After that feat, a panel judged their music based on originality, musicality and draw.

On Wednesday, July 14th, the band found out they had been chosen. “We were all ecstatic and shaking,” says Snow.

The Apprehended will be playing on July 22nd in Charlotte with Death to the Mixtape, Joe Grizzley, Telic and the Fear of Falling as part of the Vans® Warped Tour. These bands will play alongside stage headliners, Mayday Parade, Emarosa, Eyes Set To Kill, VersaEmerge, Closure In Moscow, The Swellers, and Automatic Loveletter.

One band on the Tour is eligible to win the Grand Prize, which is a $15,000 Guitar Center shopping spree, an all expenses paid trip to Hollywood to play live at the Vans® Warped Tour After Party, a 2-week slot on the 2011 Vans® Warped Tour and the opportunity to record a 3 song EP with Multi-Platinum producer, Matt Squire.

Let’s hope the Grand Prize goes to The Apprehended, Beaufort’s own Streetcore Band! If you want to listen to The Apprehended’s music, please go towww.battleofthebands.com/theapprehended. My favorite was A Defeated Heart: Hope in Desolation. A close second was Cold Coffee and the Impatience of Youth.

Congratulations guys and Good luck in Charlotte!

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