Local bands take the stage at U-Hour concert

By Shelby Willard

Local bands In Urgency and The Wooley Green Mammoths hit the stage on May 12, bringing their indie rock music to Cal Poly Pomona.

Students flocked to the University Park lawn at U-Hour to watch the two bands play, scoring free CDs and enjoying a break from exams.

CPP RadioActive sponsored the concert, hoping to showcase the bands’ talent.

Fourth-year business student and CPP RadioActive marketing director Jo Anne Gamalinda said the event gives exposure to the bands.

“We try to give these artists a platform to perform,” Gamalinda said. “We don’t pay any of these bands; our budget is very minimal. In Urgency usually plays at large venues, but they were glad to perform for free because they had a connection with Cal Poly, which is awesome.”

In Urgency is a local band from Claremont. Band member Samuel Mountain attended CPP, and band member Chris Anderson is a current student.

According to the band’s Facebook page, In Urgency’s genre of music is a mix of alternative, rock and post-hardcore.

The band formed in December 2014 after leaving another one due to issues with the lead vocalist.

However, drummer Javier Caudillo credited the band’s chemistry to the years of playing together.

“We started as one band in December, with our first performance at the House of Blues in Anaheim,” Caudillo said.

The venue sold out, and the band made friends with another band, Bristol to Memory. The two bands will be going on tour with at the end of July.

“It was a really awesome opportunity to play with them because we got along really well,” Caudillo said. “We’re going up to NorCal, Portland and Washington. Hopefully by then, we will release our next piece of music.”

Caudillo was happy to play for students at CPP.

“It’s nothing but work, but then we get to have fun for all of [CPP],” Caudillo said.

The second band that performed was the Wooley Green Mammoths, a band that was created through an organization on campus.

Drummer and CPP alumnus Danny Woolsey met fellow band mate Sean McNamara through Tau Kappa Epsilon and started playing together in October of 2014. The band will be heading to a studio to record an extended play later this month.

The members of the band find playing on campus a bit unusual.

“It’s a great experience to come back and play,” Woolsey said. “Kinda nerve-racking as well. I want to put on my best show.”

McNamara, the band’s bass player and a fourth-year English student, enjoyed the venue.

“It’s pretty cool,” McNamara said. “I walk by here everyday.”

CPP RadioActive will be hosting two more U-Hour music events later this quarter.

The Wooley Green Mammoths

Jaylene Guevara / The Poly Post

The Wooley Green Mammoths

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