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Flickerstick

The members of Flickerstick are the champions, my friends. They kept on fighting, albeit sometimes with one another, to the end. No time for promoting, only time for drinking, they are the champions ... of Bands on the Run. For those not in the know, VH-1's Emmy-nominated Survivor-gone-rock reality show pitted four independent bands (Flickerstick, The Josh Dodes Band, Harlow and Soulcracker) against one another on a cross-country trek to see which could accumulate the most cash. The two bands that made the least would eventually get booted from the tour, and twice that dubious honor should have gone to Flickerstick. However, thanks to a reportedly must-see live show that emphasized the age-old tradition of violently breaking instruments, the five-piece swept all three of the battles of the bands, which scored it immunity for the first two go-rounds and kept it on the tour.

Besides leaving converted spectators along the tour's way, Flickerstick left a trail of broken hearts and drank its weight twice over in hooch, all while getting philosophical about whether winning the show would be a credibility-killer for the band. Those playing along at home noted that actually going on the show in the first place had already shot Flickerstick's credibility to hell, an irritating catch-22 because Bands on the Run provided a great vehicle for an unsigned band to get noticed, albeit not entirely for its music. Some viewers' opinions of Flickerstick might be forever tainted by some members' indiscretions and actions on the road, however creatively the producers might have edited them, though the group redeemed itself somewhat with a staunch initial refusal to wear sequins as the video's costume directors had suggested. Still, if the fact that Flickerstick won the contest purely by audience votes is any indication, and Flickerstick's atmospheric rock turns out to be as engaging in full form as it is in thirty-second snippets, perhaps someday the band members can forever leave behind the stigma of Bands on the Run and become the first people to turn quote-unquote reality-show winnings into artistic success.

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