If your community’s annual battle of the bands just doesn’t come often enough for you, we just may have a cyber-solution. Songclash is a CSS website that offers an ongoing virtual battle of the bands in just about every genre you can imagine. This presents the ultimate win-win combination for new bands needing exposure and listeners on the lookout for the next big thing.
Not only can you listen to the latest new bands and rate them, there are functions that all types of music lovers can enjoy. There is a free song giveaway, reviews of the latest artists and hits, and places to buy the music that you love. Intuitively designed with interesting details, this site has the potential to be a one-stop source of entertainment and news for those who are into the music scene.
However, Songclash comes with a few disadvantages as well. First and foremost, there is a marked lack of bands to battle or rate. In fact, when we looked, there were none. This could pose a problem, because bands are unlikely to volunteer to battle at a website without competition or even spectators. We can only hope that the creators have a plan for enticing traffic. Until then, here is our rating of the website’s actual design.
Creativity: 5 stars. There are a few creative aspects of this website that we simply love, including the way the homepage appears to be a stage. This ties into the website’s name and purpose, but it also sets the tone for the rest of the website. If you look around Songclash, you will notice that the charcoal and fuchsia of this stage are used in the logo design and throughout the rest of the site. We love how well branded this website is, with the colors and fonts working together to give an edgy yet approachable feeling.
Ease of use: 3 stars. This website is intuitively designed, but there are a few issues. First, the process for choosing a band battle to vote on should be much easier when there are no bands to begin with. In other words, you should not have to go through the time and trouble of choosing a genre and other aspects only to find out that there were never any choices to begin with. Second, the navigation bar should be on every page. As it is, you have to press ‘Back’ several times to return to the homepage.
Functionality: 5 stars. We were unable to try the process of actually rating a band or voting in a battle due to the dearth of battling bands. However, there are links to a variety of social networking sites that will make it easy for interested parties to keep tabs on Songclash just in case they suddenly get up and running. In addition, the website runs not one, but several blogs for those who want to stay up to date on the music business in general.
Content: 4 stars. The content is great for explaining, but there are a few errors and ambiguous sentences that keep us from calling it a five.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. The color palette and images are perfect for the subject.
Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars. This website has a lot of interesting features and huge potential.