Shure Europe announces winners of Call for Legends band contest

After three long months of anticipation, and having received over 240 entries from 31 countries, Shure Europe would like to announce the winner of their “Shure Call for Legends” unsigned band competition as Fingertrap.


Fingertrap, a UK band who describe their sound as pop-rock with swing and ska elements, were the group whose track stood out for all three of the panelists. In 2012 Fingertrap were voted the second best student band in the UK, and it is easy to see why. They have continued to go from strength to strength.

Call For Legends Panel

The competition’s expert panel consisting of Chris Kimsey, producer/engineer for e. g. the Rolling Stones, Matieu Jaton, CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival Foundation, and Antoine Erroll, Head of A&R at Universal Music Group NL, collectively decided on the top 3 bands.

Fingertrap will receive three days recording time with the aforementioned Chris Kimsey in renowned London studio KORE, a chance to perform a set at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival plus Shure gear of their choice worth 3.000 Euros. Their wish list includes recently launched SM58 Wireless Vocal Systems as well as Beta Digital Wireless Pedal Guitar Systems.

“There were some excellent entries within the top 20, and Fingertrap were most definitely in my top 3. Really looking forward to meeting the band and getting to work on the EP – congratulations to all the bands who made the top 20.” says Chris Kimsey.

Nick Savage, bassist of Fingertrap, comments: “I can’t believe we have been chosen as the winners of Shure Call for Legends. I am so overwhelmed, I am shaking! When we entered the competition, we didn’t think we stood a chance. We were ecstatic to reach the Top 20, but to actually come 1st… It’s just unbelievable. Thanks to everyone who listened to our track ‘Return if Found’ and shared it. We can’t wait to get in the studio with a man with as much experience as Chris Kimsey.”

Fingertrap Entry

Click here to listen to Fingertrap’s much applauded entry

In second place is the French band “Jack in the Box” , and in third place is “Pangea Squad” from Germany, both of whom receive a Shure voucher worth 1.000 Euros for their choice of Shure equipment.

Searching for the best unsigned band

The aim of Shure Call for Legends was to find the best unsigned band without a current recording contract. From September 11 – December 31, 2013 bands were asked to simply post one original song plus a short video biography to the competition website.

“We were overwhelmed with the quality and variation of the entries, including everything from pop and rock to ska and reggae. I’d like to thank every band who took the time to participate”, adds Nils W. Proesser, Marketing Director at Shure Europe.


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