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Showcase Finals: Kyoto Boom

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Dave Raymond, in blur, and Scott Cook.

Fourth Round Winner Kyoto Boom

What we said about their semi-final win: Kyoto Boom put on as strong a show as I've seen in a long time. (A reminder: My opinion doesn't factor in at all to the judging.) I think you'd be hard-pressed to point to a local lead man with stronger vocals or more charisma than Scott Cook. Or someone who can play eighth notes on bass with one hand and keyboard with the other. All the dudes in the band are vets of awesome local bands of days gone by, and it shows on stage. They're tight and polished and they play with a lot of swagger and energy. Far from the alt-country-ish work he put in with Mulehead, Dave Raymond uses his guitar percussively, shreds occasionally and sometimes goes full-tilt skronk, all within the confines of the song. Duke Boyne kicks out precision beats. There's a long history of post-punk revival bands in Little Rock. Few, if any, have been as broadly appealing as Kyoto Boom.

Why they'll win: Experience. The three members of Kyoto Boom have all played in big-time bands, particularly lead singer Scott Cook, who toured nationally with the Kicks. Their performances exude professionalism.

No judges commentary for them either.  

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