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Teatherball Champion

Teatherball Champion

Teatherball Champion


Teatherball Champion dates back to the summer of 2001, when Billy Webb began writing and demoing songs at his house in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. At that time, the project was titled "Morning Side" (named after the street where Webb lived), and Webb began recording his debut 8-song full length "Five Finger Refund" at Blue Room Studios (Webb's moniker for his bedroom).  Webb played all instruments on this album with the exception one track "Running Into Walls" Read more on Last.fm
Teatherball Champion dates back to the summer of 2001, when Billy Webb began writing and demoing songs at his house in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. At that time, the project was titled "Morning Side" (named after the street where Webb lived), and Webb began recording his debut 8-song full length "Five Finger Refund" at Blue Room Studios (Webb's moniker for his bedroom).  Webb played all instruments on this album with the exception one track "Running Into Walls", on which Webb's long-time friend and former band member Michael Gray (Kyngdom), lent some guitar work. Webb later duplicated copies of Five Finger Refund, and began passing them out at his high school, as well as local "Hoptown Scene" shows (which Webb's then current pop-punk band, F*C, were usually on the bill for).  After the less-than-glorious response to this album, Webb decided to take a more mature approach to songwriting, and in the summer of 2003, Webb's second LP, "Locomotor Ataxia", was put on tape. Webb recorded the 11 song full length at ATTICA! Studios (Webb's moniker for his attic) over the course of a weekend, and in the midst of the demise of F*C.

Locomotor Ataxia was reproduced and distributed in the same manner as it's predecessor.  However, Webb was once again behind the drums full time with up and coming local Indie/Screamo outfit, Charade, which featured former F*C alumnus Ryan Lee on guitar, as well as fellow local scene-sters Frank Armstrong and Josh Stokes (Slow Jazz Music) .  While Charade's catchy sound was gaining a lot of respect in the local Hoptown Scene, as well as other local scenes, Webb was met with a far better reaction to "Locomotor Ataxia", thus Morning Side began opening shows for Charade, as a solo acoustic act. With the rapid local success of Charade's debut EP, Morning Side fell to the wayside, and Webb focused his attention on Charade, which later went on to gain much local recognition and radio play, and eventually Charade was signed to Ft. Lauderdale independent label Second Chance Records.  However, after almost three years of non-stop touring (both local and national), and several line-up changes, Charade ended just as abruptly as it began.  Webb decided to leave the band citing artistic differences, as did guitarist Brett Bond.  Webb began jamming with Bond, usually using Morning Side songs from the previous two albums.  Webb had also started to write acoustic ensembles, which he recorded and decided to reproduce on the 6-song EP "Red Means Yell "Shit" and Hit the Brakes".  Webb thought the new acoustic material was too different of a sound for Morning Side, so he decided to release the EP under the new name "Teatherball Champion".  However, as Webb and Bond began playing material from both "bands", the two became fond of the music, and thought it would be a fresh new sound for the local scenes.  Thus, Webb decided to drop the "Morning Side" title, and Teatherball Champion was born. Bond and Webb called upon ex-Charade bassist Dan Ellis, and former Hoptown Scene drum virtuoso Jason Hartley (both then of Race the Sky).  The four began re-working old Morning Side songs, as well as writing several new ones, and immediately began playing local shows once again.  The new sound was well-recepted locally, and the band began touring locally relentlessly.  After a brief stint, Bond decided to call it quits, and former Race the Sky guitarist Ryan Corn took over on guitar.

 The four recorded a five song demo, and handed out at shows for free, accepting tips in return. After playing the old songs for so long, Teatherball Champion decided to write new material.  Four new songs were written, and the band decided to record an EP, slated to be titled "Don't Give Up the Ship".  This effort was given up after three recordings of this album turned up with unsatisfying results for the band.  Teatherball Champion continued to play shows, however, using the new material to bring a new level of excitement to the band.

 However, in the summer of 2007, Teatherball Champion began to dissipate, and eventually played what would be their last show in Clarksville, TN.  Though an official break-up never surfaced, the band's MySpace website stated that the band was on an "indefinite hiatus". Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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