The Wall’s first-ever All-Star Battle of the Bands finale resulted in a victory for local band Rally.
Rally is a four-member surf-rock band based out of Provo. Sean Rostrom, the band’s drummer, is a current BYU student in the Marriott School of Business. Other band members include guitarist and vocalist Alec Whitaker, bassist Duncan McKay and lead guitarist Chandler Sobisky.
Judges for the competition included BYU music professor Rosalind Hall, local music producer Jordan Turner and mix engineer Dee Kei.
Rally first appeared at The Wall last October in a Battle of the Bands competition but did not walk away with the winning title.
This year was different. With more experience and more confidence, the band won over the audience and judges alike to win recording time from Jordan Turner and over $2,000 worth of mixing packages with Dee Kei Mixes.
“Thanks for helping us get the win at BOTB,” the band said in an Instagram post on Sunday. “We hope that you not only feel happiness and excitement from our music, but that you also experience every human emotion, something you can relate to and rally behind.”
The other finalists were Brother Gabriel and Melancholy Club. Each band was given 30 minutes to perform. The audience was asked to wait until the end of all of the performances to cast votes for their favorite band.
Before announcing Rally as the winners, The Wall’s Band Coordinator Bailey Golding closed the night by thanking the audience for coming and showing support.
“You just helped all of these bands seek better opportunities, better prizes, better exposure,” Golding said. “It’s all thanks to you.”
Rally has released one single, titled “Cherry,” and plans to release more this year. Their music can be found on Spotify and other major streaming platforms.
Their next performance will be at Kilby Court on Feb. 8. Tickets can be purchased online at the 24 Tix website.