Free for All
Conception of the Instant Winner sound started with the release of the Yellow No. 5 EP (Jan. 1999)by a trio of friends from Jr. High School. After meeting some horn players in High School and gaining some show experience and beginning to quickly develop a following, the band was forced to changed it's name to Instant Winner. Packing out all-ages shows, they sold all 1000 copies of their first LP Instant Winner (Feb. 2000). Local college station 88.9 FM KGRG picked up on it immediately. Word spread fast. Shows continued to pack out. Merchandise sales doubled. After release of the self-produced and recorded Cease & Desist (March 2001)the shows just got bigger. They soon played the Ernie Ball Stage at Warped Tour and have opened for many national touring acts. Some of which include: Sum 41, Sugarcult, Statix-X, The Vandals, Millencolin, H2O, The Mad Caddies, Mest, The Ataris, The Mad Caddies, Rx Bandits, Five Iron Frenzy, The Long Beach Short Bus, and Goldfinger. Instant Winner's latest full-length Free For All (May 2002) is filled with anthems, sing-a-longs, and experimentation. These songs pack a punch. They are passionate and intimate while still maintaining an edge. Upon it's release, Free For All charted on Seattle's alternative newspaper- The Stranger's 'NW Top 20' list, peaking at #8. After a short hiatus in the fall of 2003, the band returned in the Summer of 2004 with a slight lineup change and plenty of new song ideas. Instant Winner is currently in the studio working on a new full-length slated to be released Fall of 2006.