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What Makes Them Rock: Braille & Color

Braille & Color will compete to win free recording time and $1,000 during the Pasco County Library System's battle of the bands on Friday.

The clock is winding down as eight bands prepare to battle it out at Rockus Maximus XV.

The Pasco County Library System's 15th annual battle of the bands, featuring young musicians from the Bay area and elsewhere, will be held Friday, March 23. 

Up for grabs: $1,000 cash and 10 hours of recording time at Morrisound Recording in Tampa. 

Patch caught up with Braille & Color, one of the bands hoping to take home the top prize, to find out what makes them rock. 

Patch: Who are you guys? 

Braille & Color: We're based out of Zephyrhills, FL and all attend Zephyrhills High School.

Ryan Waters (Vocals) - 18

Ryan Zelaya (Guitar, Backing Vocals) - 18

Alex Mallette (Guitar) - 18

Damien Fazekas (Drums) - 18

Andrew Fazekas (Bass) - 17

Patch: How long have you been performing together?

Braille & Color: We started as a three piece with Ryan Waters, Damien Fazekas and Alex Mallette in July 2010 but we've been a full band (adding Zelaya and Andrew) since October of 2010.

Patch: Describe your music.

Braille & Color:  Metalcore, Metal

Patch: Why should you win Rockus Maximus?

Braille & Color: We really love doing what we do as a group, play our music in front of crowds and meet lots of new people. The cash prize involved in the first-place spot would help to launch our first album, a great start to really getting our name out there.

Patch: What’s the story behind your band name?

Braille & Color: A lot of brainstorming and random words, we actually made the name sort of being sarcastic and it stuck!

Patch: What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened while you were performing?

Braille & Color: At our last Orpheum show one of our guitarists Alex was really getting into the music and actually RIPPED his shorts right down the back...not realizing it until after the fact.

Patch: Where do you see yourselves a year from now?

Braille & Color: Hopefully we'll be a year closer to getting where we can play our music for people for a living. Maybe on the road? Who knows!

Thanks and good luck, guys! 

Join the audience and support your favorite band at the Rotary Pavilion at The Concourse, 15325 Alric Pottberg Rd (1/4 mile west of the Suncoast Parkway on SR-52) in Shady Hills. The concert runs from 6 to 11 p.m.

The Land O' Lakes and New Port Richey Patch editors will be among the judges.

There is also an online voting competition currently under way. The band that garners the most votes in the online competition will bring home a $500 gift card from Encore Music. A $250 card goes to the band with the second highest number of online votes.

New Port Richey Patch and Land O’ Lakes Patch are both sponsors of the events along with Rasmussen College, Morrisound Recording and Encore Music.

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