by Leah Sottile
In the four weeks since playing the third
preliminary round of the competition, Executive Smack, an indie band
made up of Lewis & Clark High kids, had to find a new drummer and
write a new set. They didn't feel right about calling themselves
Executive Smack in the finals so they changed their name to Lazurwuulf
(obviously) and dubbed themselves techno.
Whatever they did — the spontaneity, the heavy German name, the 100 or so glow sticks they threw to the crowd — was right: The group edged out Yukon the Archer by 10 votes when all was said and done. According to Dale Strom, it's the first time a wild card band has won.
Strom echoes the
sentiment of RAWK president Dave Crume printed in last week's Inlander
in regards to future plans for the competition: "As you may have heard,
the RAWK board has not committed to doing the RAWK Final Four in the
future, so only time will tell."