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"Vext Intent Vying for bodog battle of the bands win!"

Vext Intent Vying for Bodog Battle of the Bands Win
Friday, December 1st, 2006
David Kresy is the front man for Chico-based band Vext Intent. His bandmates Samson Seidel plays bass, Keith Vidra is on drums and Shawn Wilson plays the guitar. This self-described rock-funk-metal band has been taking part in Bodog’s $1 million Battle of the Bands. Over 7,000 bands have entered the competition nationwide and Vext Intent has its eyes on the big prize as one of the few bands moving on to the semi-final round, to be played out Sunday at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Calif.

“We were really lucky because the guys from really liked us and were very encouraging, giving us advice and making sure we took everything seriously,” Seidel said.

Read more about Vext Intent on And for more on some of the other bands vying for the $1 million-dollar recording contract with BodogMusic, go to Bodog Nation.


"Last Band Standing"

Last Band Standing
Six local groups compete in Wild Oak Records' Battle of the Bands for $200 and a Nooner show
By: Josh Smith
Staff Writer
Issue date: 12/7/05 Section: Entertainment
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Billy DiBono, drummer for The Secret Stolen, plays Friday night in the BMU Auditorium. His band took home $100 as the second-place prize.
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Six local bands duked it out Friday night in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium for a $200 prize, a Nooner show and bragging rights as the winner of Wild Oak Records' Battle of the Bands.

Ultimately, the performances seemed to be more about stage presence than the music itself.

"The stage makes me feel like a king ... don't be afraid to move. I'm cold and need your body heat," said Vext Intent frontman Dave Kresy, channeling Jack Black's persona from Tenacious D. As Kresy said this, he ripped away his brown sport coat to reveal an ornate face drawn on his bare body, a character he named Filthy Phil.

This was the fourth and final musical showdown of the semester held by Wild Oak Records, and it had the highest stakes. Vext Intent took home the first-place prize while frenetic local band The Secret Stolen got $100 for second place. Third-place band Brighten received $50.

The bands were judged by the audience and a set of panelists, who were given sheets to score the bands on a scale of 1 to 6 in the areas of songwriting, musicianship and stage presence.

The judges included Chico State music industry Professor Paul Friedlander, DJ Jeff Taylor from local radio station The Point, a member from the bands Number One Gun and Self Against City, and DJ Mike Coronado, a friend of Taylor's.

The audience was instructed to vote for their favorite band at the end of the show by placing a poker chip in one of six buckets located near the BMU entrance. After the show, the chips would be tallied up and factored in with the judges' score sheets to determine the winner.

Each band played a 15-minute set, during which it could perform any original music it wanted and however many songs it wanted. All the bands did three-song sets.

The Jelly Beanz opened the show with a subdued, mid-tempo rock song, choosing to save its energy for later in its set. After the first song, Beanz's bass player Sandor Espinosa switched to keyboard for the remainder of the set. The other bands stuck to guitars, so this musical distinction helped set Beanz apart from its competitors.

Lead vocalist Jose Flores sang the third song "Piensa con Migo" entirely in Spanish, another aspect that set the band apart from the pack.

The second band, Brighten, had more arena flair, immediately commencing with rock-star gyrations and a loud, vibrant sound.

Lead singer Justin Richards seemed to summon the sartorial style of Franz Ferdinand lead singer Alex Kapranos, favoring a tight-fitting long-sleeve shirt along with stylishly cut hair partially covering one eye.

Idle Discourse took the stage at 8 p.m. and set itself apart in the showmen category by being the only act of the evening to extensively utilize stage lighting to enhance its show. The flashing orange, yellow and white lights achieved more of a concert-like effect.

The next act, The Secret Stolen, managed to up the ante even more, often looking as if the members were in the throes of a seizure. Lead singer Cameron Ford easily exhibited the most athleticism of the evening.

Ford was in motion throughout the set, jumping onto the speakers and drum kit, probably spending as much time atop his equipment as on the stage.

Bass guitarist and backup vocalist John Wold executed a stage dive at one point, as a small but fervent band of males had set up a mosh pit in front of the center of the stage. The action fit the band's musical style, which was the hardest rock of the evening.

Vext Intent followed and blew the audience away with its musicianship and stage charisma. Frontman Kresy hammed it up, embodying various voices and personas throughout his act, including his Jack Black-esque routine and using a faux Southern accent.

When the final band, Broken Idols, took the stage, it had a lot to live up to, and gave the set its best shot, playing music that was more punk-like than the other acts.

Lead singer Joel Taylor had a Billie Joe Armstrong vibe to his vocals and appearance, with a few arm tattoos and a gelled punk hairdo. While addressing the audience, the band members liberally dropped f-bombs and ended their performance by throwing picks and drumsticks to the crowd.

After the winners were announced, most of the audience left; about 30 people stuck it out for Vext Intent's encore, which featured Kresy doing belly rolls, making it appear as if his "Filthy Phil" character was talking.

When asked what members would do with the $200 prize, Kresy said they would reinvest it into their band.

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Currently we have started recording a long overdue album! All of our songs we have recorded are from over 2 years ago when we were about 4 weeks old! Recording began Oct 1st. We have several singles out many of wich are on songs such as Piledriver, Hell 2 pay, Foreigner, Shift, and Pity the fool. Many new songs on the way! Listen to 106.7 ZROCK for our latest tracks!!


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The dawning of Vext Intent was in 2003 when Samson Seidel contacted Hymer in response to an ad in a local music store seeking a bass player. The talented bassist had taken a break for about 10 years before this, but once he started jamming with Hymer and then guitarist Jason Chayan, things just started to click. That is, until Chayan, at the young age of 20, was killed by a reckless driver. Determined to keep on with his memory encouraging them, they met Wilson and Kresy. Within weeks, as a full band, they were out playing and recording.
Vext Intent takes their music seriously, and put all the time and energy they have outside of school and work into the band. They are determined to take the do-it-yourself approach and do all their own recording. They’ve set up their own studio, but as Seidel shared, it became frustrating when some of the equipment started smoking, and had to be sent in for repairs, where it has been for weeks. It’s hard to wait when you’re ready to roll.
Hymer shared that when Seidel had a kidney transplant, he was hospitalized for eight days, and the day that he got out, he plugged his bass into his amp and played their scheduled gig. You can see that the younger members in the band have the utmost respect for him. At one show, Seidel started to black out and just sat himself down on a stool. Kresy split his head open when he jumped into the air and hit a low beam, which was a bloody event, and Wilson said that he himself often falls, and one time hurt his knee badly. They love the idea of a band having a “show,” go wild for the onstage antics of Iron Maiden and Gwar and hope to someday have a performance like that on a smaller scale. Kresy apparently loves to blow flames as part of their set, which they are able to do at house parties . When asked about their fans, they said they have an awesome fanbase that will even travel and stay in a hotel to see their shows. The fans are definitely who encourage them and who makes it all worthwhile. And those moments when they are playing, the music and the people in front of you who are digging it are all that matters in the world. They agreed that is why playing out is such a great release, and that when it’s happening, everything else in the world just disappears. One of their best shows was a sold-out show in Tahoe City; people were lined up outside wanting to get in, just by word of mouth promotion. They share the same vision, have a solid fanbase, are ready to work and lay down a new recording for their first real debut, are ready to tour and are letting the world know that Vext Intent is ready to rule.