Friday, November 20, 2009

Hotspur Chosen for Taco Bell's® Feed the Beat™

Taco Bell Feed The Beat Ready to Rock & Roll with 100 of the Nation’s Hottest Up-and Coming Rock Bands

Taco Bell Feeding Bands Free Fourthmeal While Out on the Road

IRVINE, CALIF., November 18, 2009 – Taco Bell® continues to Feed the Beat™ for up-and-coming rock acts and announced today the 100 bands that made the 2009 Feed the Beat lineup. Celebrating its fourth year, Feed the Beat provides free food and marketing support to America’s up-and-coming rock acts. This year, touring bands from across the nation, including The All-American Rejects, Boys Like Girls, Forever The Sickest Kids, We The Kings, Atreyu, Owl City, Dr. Dog and more, will receive $500 in Taco Bell Bucks for free Fourthmeal, the late night meal between dinner and breakfast. More than just free food, bands also receive important marketing support for their music.

Music fans will be able to discover each Feed the Beat band on Taco Bell’s Virtual Music Festival Web site ( which showcases their music and exclusive content created for the site. Once there, fans can listen to bands they know or discover new tunes as they stream music via the Feed the Beat Music Player. If they discover a band they like and want to purchase music, they are directed to the band’s Web site where they can purchase the song.

Feed the Beat began as a simple way to show how much we love and support independent music, but it’s grown to become a benchmark for how Taco Bell supports bands and artists,” said David Ovens, Chief Marketing Officer, Taco Bell Corp. “Our Feed the Beat bands have been showcased via our partnerships with MTV and ESPN, as we work hard to highlight their talent and music. Whether helping to extend the spotlight on their nominations for Video Music Awards, getting them to play at the VMAs, or creating live concerts and soundtrack opportunities during the X Games, the work never stops in support of our bands. We want to help our 2009 lineup to realize at least the same type of success and hopefully more.”

Taco Bell is proud to congratulate all of the 2009 Feed the Beat bands:
Northeast: A Rocket To The Moon (Braintree, MA), Alberta Cross (Brooklyn, NY), American Speedway (Philadelphia, PA), As Tall As Lions (New York, NY), Black Gold (Brooklyn, NY), Boys Like Girls (Boston, MA), Brian Bonz & The Dot Hongs (Brooklyn, NY), Cash Cash (Roseland, NJ), Comic Book Heroes (Reading, PA), Defeater (Boston, MA), Dr. Dog (Philadelphia, PA), Fun. (New York, NY), Good Old War (Langhorne, PA), Hotspur (Rockville, MD), Jet Lag Gemini (Mahwah, NJ), Just Surrender (Dover Plains, NY), Kelsey and the Chaos! (New York, NY), Math the Band (Providence, RI), Secret Secret Dino Club (Saratoga Springs, NY), Shayna Zaid & The Catch (New York, NY), Stereo Skyline (Long Island, NY), The Acacia Strain (Chicopee, MA), The Bouncing Souls (New York, NY),The Dares (Burlington, VT), The Dig (New York, NY), The Gay Blades (New York, NY), This Condition (Long Island, NY), TV/TV (New York, NY), Vanna (Boston, MA)
[ of bands named by region...]

Feed the Beat bands were chosen by a panel of judges based on performance and musicianship, originality and material selection, and overall appeal and personality. Bands also had the opportunity to express their passion for Taco Bell and share stories about eating Fourthmeal while touring.

View the full Official Press Release HERE for a listing of all the bands.

And they boys from Hotspur wanna grab a bite after shows [via the Hotspur Blog]

Let us know if you want to go hit a Taco Bell after the show when you see us on tour.. we'll probably be down!

Check out the related post for the Hotspur Tour Schedule!

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