Best Band on Campus: Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo_lFriends, Romans, college freshmen! Lend us your ears for the final winners of the mtvU (that’s a closed-circuit MTV broadcast exclusively at institutions of higher learning) winners of the “Best Music on Campus Artist of the Year” competition: Bamboo Shoots, of Middlesex County College in lovely, bucolic New Jersey. See their performance here on last night’s Conan O’Brien, and check out their MySpace here. They describe themselves as "South Asian/Indian influenced rock music fortified with beats and samples," though mostly we’re just detecting a heavy rhythm section on bouncy-fun, otherwise traditionally Converse-clad rock.

As the winners, the band gets "a promotion, video, tour and record deal from mtvU and Epic Records worth up to $1.5 million" (We don’t understand the "up to" part either), which seems fair considering the 1300-something other college bands they beat out for the prize. What’s your call, readers? Are these boys appropriately deserving? Would you pay good Sam Goody money to buy their album? Do you like that one guy in the background’s sweater? Tell us everything!

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  • al strong

    I think they’re great – we really need some Indian representation! And it’s bout time we have some new and unique sound on the waves. They have talent.

  • tomh

    I would pay “up to” 15 dollars for a Bamboo Shoots album.

  • emili

    these guys def. deserve. i thought they were the best of the bunch. they got style and awesome sounds. they are going to blow up!!

  • ac

    can’t believe these guys just got discovered! they played like pro’s. good luck bamboo shoots. take care of them epic.

  • Rahul

    Yay Edison (my home town)!

  • sc

    love it love it love it

  • Angela

    I think they are amazing! They are stylish and talented. And from thier website and myspace pages they seem like really cool down to earth guys. I’ll buy thier CDs and I can’t wait to see a video on MTV!

  • Anoo

    They are fanfastic! The music is so different from the run of the mill rock bands… yes I’d buy their albums

  • rockworms

    These guys are on the front page of Rockworms.com right now too!
    Keep up the great work.
    -The Rockworms

  • Laila

    I saw their performance and was not very blown away. I just dont get it, they look like a bunch of grow men singing little teenage pop songs. The singer is so bad. I dont see how this band could have ever won this contest unless they were voting for themselves multiple times.

  • Isa

    They are fantastic. I voted for them and so glad they won. Totally deserve it.

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