September 4th, 2009 5:33 pm | by Jenny Booth Music | Posted In: Columns

Competition to Play in Front of Thousands, and The Killers

killers As a newcomer to Portland, the deal appears to be that everyone here knows someone in a band, right? Well do that friend a favor and let them know about this (if playing in front of 12,888 people sounds more exciting than run-for-the-hills terrifying).

The Killers are opening up their support slot to a local band when they play Portland Memorial Coliseum on September 24th. Spread the word! The competition is being run through radio station 94/7, with the catch that it must be a VIDEO submission. This is no place for a simple link to your MySpace. The picky details are all here: But, essentially, any band within 100 miles can submit a normal-length video of a song that they wrote themselves, and band members must be over 18 years of age. Deadline is September 20th.

We've had a peek at the videos on display so far, and they're something of a mixed bunch. So, given that Big Gig support acts tend to diligently strive through pretty crappy, echoing sound systems, as the disaffected public shuffles in to eye up Killers badges, who do you think is most likely to make it work?

Aussie rocksters Wolfmother supported the Killers earlier this year, so perhaps the brasher stylings of The Slants have a good shot? Except that their fuzzy live vid (we're sparing you this one) won't do them any favors.

The Countdown is representing the girls, but with a song that doesn't really compare to their more incisive "Human Resources."

The Countdown - "My Poison"

Soft Paws, meanwhile, are set to win Kookiest Vid at the very least.

Soft Paws – "Murder by Murder"

Which leaves singing-in-the-snow Blue Skies for Black Hearts, with a way poppier sound on a par with Wild Lights, who also took up The Killers support duties earlier this year.

Blue Skies for Black Hearts – "Siouxie Please Come Home"

The Competition

Photo courtesy of The Killers
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