When you last heard from us, we were planning to go away for the summer to record the follow-up to Calling Out. That was before we received the devastating news that Dave Killen (drummer, multi-instrumentalist, singer of the lovely high harmonies) has a recurrence of lymphoma. He successfully beat it into remission four years ago and was just a few months shy of the five-year “all clear” mark. Dave has undergone two rounds of chemo so far with positive results. Soon, he will go through a final round of chemo and an autologous stem cell transplant.
Dave and his wife Jacqui have taken on this challenge with their usual strength, good cheer, and sense of humor. They are sharing their journey via their blog, Nashville or Bust. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Until Dave is back to full health, our good friend Chris Mueller of Alone At 3AM volunteered to play drums at our Fountain Square and Bend Fest shows. We are deeply grateful to Chris for stepping up, and to Dave, who was insistent that cancer not get in the way of what promise to be three great shows. We are a band of brothers — we will make Dave proud.
Hope to see you at Fountain Square — August 28. The show starts at 7pm with JetLab — we’re on at 9pm, between The Perfect Children and Wussy.
We’re taking the summer off from playing out to write and record. Hope to see you at our Midpoint Indie Summer Series show with Wussy, Perfect Children, and JetLab on August 28.
This is going to be a special show. If you’re not familiar with Matthew’s music, check him out here. He and his band leave this show to open several dates for The Gaslight Anthem.
Thanks to some crossed wires, we just learned that our show at The Comet is this Friday (May 8), not Saturday! We will kick things off around 9:30pm — hope to see you there.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Wheeler
Saturday [4.18] @ Northside Tavern
This Saturday finds our little rock + roll combo returning to Northside Tavern with a great lineup. Our good friends in JetLab (“a spiritual throwback to the ’70s New York City scene centered on CBGB” — CityBeat) start things off around 10pm. We’re on second, and a great relatively new band called Even Tiles close out the night. Look for new songs, lots of sweat, and the usual amounts of regrettable stage banter.
Yes, We’re Covering The Fab Four
On Friday, we’ll be at Southgate House Revival for We All Shrine On: Beatles Tribute Concert Benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. 15 of Cincinnati’s best bands cover The Beatles for a good cause. We’re in the Revival Room (upstairs) foir a 30-minute set at 10:50pm, between JetLab and the Whiskey Shambles. We can’t tell you what we’re playing other than to say that the Lennon/McCartney ratio is 3-to-1.
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Calling Out — find it online at Bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon; locally, at Shake It Records, Park + Vine, Everybody’s Records, and Rock Paper Scissors. Many thanks to WRFL in Lexington, KY for showing us so much love!
* This Friday [3.20] @ Stanley’s Pub
Our last show got snowed out, so we are seriously raring to go. We’ll return to Stanley’s Pub, the scene of many shenanigans over the years, with Tonefarmer, old pals and a fantastic pop band. Many of you have asked for earlier shows, so we’re giving the people what they want: Tonefarmer is on first at 9pm, we’ll start making noise around 10:15pm.
* Video Killed The Local Rock Star
Our first-ever video is up on YouTube. It was shot at our Midpoint show and rehearsal by a student crew from NKU Professor Sara Drabik’s documentary film class and edited by our own Dave K. It’s even SFW…
The Social Media Thing
We’re finally on Facebook. Please give us some love there when you are so inclined.
We are bummed that we had to cancel our Comet show with Wilder because of the winter storm. Fortunately, we have some new dates to announce. Next up is a March 20 Stanley’s Pub show with Tonefarmer, a fabulous band that we’ve never had a chance to play with before. We’re also looking forward to playing with our friends in JetLab and Alone at 3am. See the shows page for the full list.
In case you missed it, CityBeat ran a fine feature on our return and new EP last week, accompanied by this lovely moment captured by our friend Michael Kearns of Flowers For The Void Media. Getting a good band photo — one in which you don’t look too serious, too “I am SO ROCK AND ROLL,” or just downright goofy — is nearly impossible. I think we succeeded here, especially given that none of us are quite as fashionable and beautiful as the women in Sleater-Kinney (who have never taken a bad band photo).
As for the feature, apologies if you are offended by naughty words. The interview turned into a barroom conversation and well — this may shock you, but musicians curse a lot. Somewhat surprisingly, they all made it into print. Now we can’t show the article to our mothers. Nonetheless, thanks to Brian Baker for capturing the mayhem of a group interview with us chatty gentlemen and portraying us in a nice light.
Our next show is Saturday, Feb. 21 at The Comet with Kelly Thomas’ new band, Wilder. The show starts at 9pm, and I think we’re going to swap sets. Stay tuned for more details soon.
Happy new year, everyone. We celebrated the release of Calling Out in December in a quieter (sorta) fashion. We’ll do it up much louder with friends on Saturday, January 24 at The Drinkery (1150 Main St). We’ll have some surprises in store, including a new song we’re pretty geeked about, and guest Mike Tekulve (co-producer/engineer on the EP) on keys. We’re excited to play with New Sincerity Works, who are fresh off of an excellent debut show/record release party last month. With Bob Nyswonger and Roger Klug backing Mike Tittel’s excellent songs, it is sure to be a gas gas gas. NSW is on right at 10pm, we follow around 11pm.
Check out an excellent review of Calling Out by WVXU’s Jim Nolan. We were also featured in CincyMusic’s year-end Best Cincy Concert Photos, thanks to our friend Michael Kearns. And thanks to the WNKU, The Project 100.7, Venomous Valdez, Eddy Mullet at Class X Radio, and Wrecking Ball Radio for the airplay.
If you don’t have the EP, you can find it online at Bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify. Locally, you can buy multiple copies for your friends and family at Shake It, Park + Vine, Everybody’s Records, and Rock Paper Scissors.
We should have good news to share with you next week. Until then…
We’re happy to say that our new EP is finally available. You can stream and buy it (digital and physical) at our Bandcamp site and if you’re local, at Shake It, Park + Vine, Everybody’s Records, and Rock Paper Scissors (Phil’s Records should have it on Monday).
Thanks to everyone who came to our holiday/stripped-down release party at the Listing Loon — we had a blast. We’ll celebrate the record in much louder style at The Drinkery on January 24.
Best wishes to all of you for a lovely holiday season and a happy, healthy new year full of music that matters.