The Devil's Angels are only in middle school, but these kids rock. Just ask anyone who attended the 47th annual Battle of the Bands at Chabot College on Saturday, where the Devil's Angels were declared the winners. It is the youngest band ever to achieve the honor.
"We've been together for a little over a year," said Philip DeLuca, 13, of Danville. Philip, who attends Athenian School, is the lyricist, lead singer and drummer.
He said their band got some cheers when they were first introduced but after all 12 bands had played, the Devil's Angels had won over some new fans, even from the competitors.
"At the end of the show, most of the crowd was screaming," recalled Philip.
The competition included mostly older bands, with members in their 30s, 20s or high school, and each played a 12-minute set. The Devil's Angels were the second youngest band there, said Philip. They were the youngest ever to win the competition.
Hundreds of bands sent in videos to be considered for the annual competition, and 40 were picked for tryouts. From those, 12 were chosen for the Battle itself.
The four Devil's Angels musicians found each other at the Red House in Walnut Creek, which has recording studios and is a place for musicians to connect. The boys still rehearse there every Monday night.
"I do some jamming there and a kid named Kyle, our lead guitarist, came," recalled Philip.
Kyle Tom, 13, lives in San Ramon and attends Pine Valley Middle School. Joe Marchuk, 14, who plays rhythm guitar, also goes to Pine Valley. The fourth member is Conor Boal, 13, who attends Sequoia Middle School in Pleasant Hill.
The Devil's Angels perform songs from the Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and AC/DC, plus the boys write their own songs. Learn more at their Web site, devilsangelsrocks.com.
Also readers can check out the YouTube video at left of them performing AC/DC's TNT and their own song, "Rock and Roll Fire," at a fair in Lafayette.
"If we won the show now, I think we'll stay together for a long time, said Philip.
Regardless, the boys will forever hold the title for 2010 of "Battle of the Bands Champion" - a prestigious claim also held by Metallica, Deep Purple and Faith No More.