IRVINE, CA — From more than 4,000 entries, local band UNSET has been voted as one of just five finalists for the "Calling All Bands" contest sponsored by Verizon Wireless and MySpace. Next week, one of the five finalists will be selected to be the first unsigned band to launch its career on V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless, the nation's most comprehensive mobile music service. The initial bands were winnowed down to 15 semifinalists; votes from MySpace.com community members selected the five finalists. UNSET is now just one step away from having its song, music video, ring tone and ring back tone released through Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider with 51.3 million customers.
"There's a sense of validation in seeing so many people responding so positively to our music," noted Frank Torres, lead singer of UNSET. "Since the contest began, we've been receiving fan emails from all over the U.S. to as far as Australia and Japan! Its our dream to share our music with the rest of the world, and thanks to Verizon Wireless we have been given the opprtunityopportunity to take that first step in making that dream a reality."
The music content team at Verizon Wireless, which secures music for the new V CAST Music service, ringtones and ring back tones and the MySpace music editors will evaluate submissions from the five finalists and determine the winner of the "Calling All Bands" contest.
UNSET was founded in 2004 and creates modern rock with catchy choruses and edgy verses that create snapshots of moments in time ¾ dramatic, dark and beautiful. UNSET's edgy sound is heard loud and clear with singles such as "The Wait Is Over" and "Drowning Summer."
From March 16 through March 22, MySpace community members voted online at www.myspace.com/callingallbands for their favorite band from the fifteen semifinalists. The winner of "Calling All Bands" will be announced on March 29.
The five "Calling All Bands" finalists are:
- The Arrival from Madison, AL
- UNSET from San Diego, CA
- Berto Ramon from Chicago, IL
- Aroarah from Sacramento, CA
- Parlour Boys from Lexington, KY
Verizon Wireless will release the "Calling All Bands" winner's song on V CAST Music marking the first time an unsigned band will release its first single on a wireless phone. Also the winner will collaborate with a MySpace independent filmmaker and Verizon Wireless to produce a music video that will be released on V CAST, plus a ring tone and ring back tone of the winning song that will be available for purchase by Verizon Wireless customers. MySpace helped Verizon Wireless introduce up and coming bands to the mobile world, further extending the music experience on customers' communication devices they use most every day their wireless phones.
V CAST Music
V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless lets customers play music on their wireless phones from well-known and independent artists the same device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile communication. The V CAST Music store lets customers browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their phones or in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music online store. V CAST Music songs cost $0.99 if purchased from the PC or $1.99 if purchased and downloaded over the air onto a V CAST Music phone.
With more than 500,000 songs in its catalogue, V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' broadband network, the most robust, award-winning wireless broadband network in the nation, available from coast to coast. Customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a subscription to the V CAST VPak, which is $15.00 monthly access, added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan to access V CAST Music and music videos on their phones. Customers interested in managing their music from their PCs in the V CAST Music Online Store can do so without a V CAST VPak.
V CAST Music is available through Verizon Wireless' 2,000 Communications Stores and Circuit City locations and online at www.verizonwireless.com. For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/music.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.