The Speedbumps Impress at The Encore
The Speedbumps. Photo courtesy of thespeedbumps.com.

The Speedbumps Impress at The Encore

The Encore was packed Thursday Oct. 9, as students waited to hear from the up and coming indie folk band The Speedbumps.

The Speedbumps’ unique style has earned them several awards such as the Independent Music Award and the American Songwriting Award. Their music has been featured on television programs like Public Broadcasting Service’s “Road Trip Nation.”

The Speedbumps at the performance in The Encore on October 9th. Photo courtesy of Allison Birr.

The Speedbumps at the performance in The Encore on October 9th. Photo courtesy of Allison Birr.

“I really liked their musical style and their take on different bands such as Creed and Radiohead, and the way that they played these different genres in their own style,” said freshman Logan Becker.

The Speedbumps line up featured Erik Urycki on vocals and guitar, Sam Kristoff on cello, Kevin Martinez on bass and Patrick Hawkins on percussion. Other featured performers that accompanied the band included Abby Luri on female vocals.

When the first note sounded, students rushed to get a closer look at the band and broke out into dance as The Speedbumps’ upbeat acoustic songs transfixed the room.

The Ohio natives performed a wide variety of songs, ranging from a lively cover of “Say Something” by A Great Big World, to unfamiliar, more original pieces that are featured on their new album, “The Harbors We Seek.”

“The Speedbumps were a quality live experience, and I really enjoyed their performances, both the covers and their original pieces like ‘All My Mistakes,’” said sophomore Mark Harris.

The Speedbumps currently tour universities, technical and community colleges across the country. Their next project is an upcoming collaboration with The Canton Symphony Orchestra in 2015.

 

Anna Welton

Reporter

awelt60@uwsp.edu

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