WEEP To Compete In Live Round of Hard Rock Rising
By Space Coast Daily // March 29, 2014
winner will perform at Hard Rock Live in Rome
ABOVE VIDEO: WEEP performs their song, Eyes of Fate.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Local all-female, all-original rock band, WEEP is scaling yet another height in their career, fresh off their recent win of the Brevard Live Original Music Series, Battle of the Bands, which was held at Lou’s Blues on January 5.
This time the band competed for online votes and are now moving on to the live round in the international competition known as Hard Rock Rising 2014, touted as “THE Global Battle of the Bands,” which is taking place in 82 participating Hard Rock Café locations around the world.
WEEP will be one of seven bands, and the only Brevard County band, to perform at Hard Rock Live Orlando on Sunday, April 13th.
The battle begins at 7:30 p.m. WEEP’s qualifying song “Stand Up 4 Peace,” which was recently featured in a peace documentary from the Netherlands, can be sampled and even downloaded from the Hard Rock Orlando Facebook Page.
If WEEP is chosen, they will join other city winners in the global competition where fans will vote on participating Hard Rock Facebook pages to narrow down the 80+ local winners to the top 25 bands.
Once determined, an esteemed panel of celebrities and music industry professionals such as Steven Van Zandt, Bonnie McKee and more, will select the Grand Prize winner and two runner- up bands.
The Grand Prize winner will perform at Hard Rock Live Rome, an outdoor music festival that will embrace more than 50,000 fans from across Italy, and the selected runner-up bands will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.
“This is the second time we’ve played the live round of Hard Rock Rising,” said band manager and bassist, Kimberly Paschke.
“We competed at Hard Rock Live Orlando in 2012, and at that time is was our first live performance with keyboardist Melanie England and drummer Paula Voytko, in addition to another guitarist, Raylene Coe, who was just filling in temporarily, but ended up staying with us for a while after.”
Paschke and lead vocalist/guitarist, songwriter Robin Lynn Winkelmann co-founded WEEP, with Paschke originally on drums and her sister, Kristine, as the bassist. With that line-up they recorded two CDs and performed all over New York and in many NYC clubs including the famed CBGB’s.
“This time it’s going to be different,” said Paschke.
“We have so many more performances under our belts and have really fine-tuned our songs and our act, not to mention that we have gained tons more self-confidence. We’ve been given 15 minutes to play and we’re going to hit that stage running with three songs that highlight our strengths: Infectious, hook-laden melodies, tight harmonies and the ability to keep the audience engaged by treating our set as one performance rather than a set of individual songs.”
It really can be electrifying,” Paschke said, “but I think what really makes us stand out is the fact that our lyrics are uplifting and meant to inspire, transform and promote love and peace. It’s the reason we do this, and it’s what people remember.’
WEEP recently released a four song EP titled “Rock It” and plan on releasing a full length CD later this year.
“In addition to recording the CD, we plan on playing many more festivals, benefits, outdoor venues and the Hard Rock Music Festival in Rome,” said Paschke.
“We really shine in those larger venues, but we’ve recently started doing some acoustic, more intimate shows as well.”