For the second year in a row, the band Quick and Painless came out on top of its competition at Summerfest. The group won the 2019 ROCKONSIN State Finals last weekend.
Their victory has made them reigning champs of the 7th-12th grade competition.
“I wasn’t expecting that we would win again,” said bass player and 2019 Waunakee High School graduate Emma Deppen. “It’s pretty weird, honestly…This was the first time I had actually built up so much nervous energy. Usually, I’m pretty calm before a show. But not with this one.”
Despite her nerves, judges decided that Deppen’s band was the best of this year’s 12 contestants. They announced their decision via social media a day after the competition’s final performance.
“Congratulations to our 2019 ROCKONSIN winner…Quick and Painless,” the post read.
Keyboardist Ryan Badger, also a 2019 Waunakee High School graduate, said the announcement came as a surprise to him and the other members of his band when they initially found out.
“We were just refreshing the Facebook page at 6 o’clock on Friday,” Badger said. “And they posted the results right at 6 o’clock. So we were just sitting there, frantically refreshing for a while. And then it eventually popped up…and we all got really excited.”
He was with lead singer Everett Karlen, a junior at Lake Mills High School, at the time.
“All of a sudden,” Badger said, “I just hear Everett’s mom start screaming at the top of her lungs. I was like, ‘Okay, I guess I know what this is going to say.’”
Deppen, on the other hand, was at home when she learned of the group’s victory.
“Surprisingly,” she said, “I was pretty mellow. It wasn’t as exciting as last year for some reason. I really don’t know why. I think it’s because we’ve been through it before. And this year, I not only thought we had a chance but was entirely expecting to win it.”
For taking the top spot, each member of her band received a ROCKONSIN award.
The most valuable prize came in the form of a 45-minute set on the last day of the music festival, however, an honor also bestowed upon second-place finisher The Lodge.
The Lodge will perform from 12:15-1 p.m. Quick and Painless will perform from 1:15-2 p.m.
In addition, Quick and Painless received a set of Shure microphones and 12 hours recording time at Blast House Studios in Madison.
Badger said the band will probably use that time to record their next EP.
“We’re going to try to put a lot of time and work into each song,” Badger said, “to try and create the best sound we possibly can. So it’ll be really exciting to see what comes out of it…It’s going to be a little be different, and I think that’s going to be really cool to hear.”
He said choosing a time will be but one of the difficult decisions they’ll need to make.
“I head off to college next year,” Badger said, “so I have no idea when we’re going to get to it. But we already have some ideas written down, which means we’re on the right track. ”
A release date for the group’s next EP has yet to be determined.