In December, we competed with about 8 other acts to win the $500 grand prize at the Granville Battle of the Bands. It was such a cool night. We were actually prepping for a couple weeks prior to the event. We basically clear all the furniture out of the living room, get out the wireless mics and just play. Adrian found Meghan Trainor's new song "Lips are Movin'" and we instantly wanted to prep it for "lives". We must have played it 20 times in a row, during a random trip down to NYC! TOTALLY LOUD, in the closed car, over-and-over-and-over.
To learn new tracks, we usually record them as covers for YouTube first. It forces us to learn all the words, one line at a time, during the recording process. Then afterwards. it's much easier to rehearse them for acoustic live performances. When you see a random cover song come up on our YouTube channel, it often means we're prepping that track for lives. If you could be a fly on the wall in our living room, you'd know it takes us about a week to prep just one song for live shows, rehearsing every night about an hour a day.
We really weren't sure we had a chance at Granville, because we weren't the "Home Team" band. There were some really topnotch bands there. Kudos to the organizers for finding such great talent for the show. The crowd was really rowdy with a constant shower of glowsticks raining down on us. Thanks to everyone who got behind us and voted us to win! Very cool.