New gigs starting with two on 5/12

We’re coming out. Check us out at York Street — the site of our righteously packed record release show at year’s end — with two fabulous bands: Plastic Ants (acoustic chamber-pop) and The Amprays (buzzy indie pop). Show starts at 9pm.

Earlier that afternoon, Sean, Mike, and Dave will do a stripped-down set for Westwood’s Second Saturday outside of Muse Cafe (corner of Harrison and Montana). Time is TBD — we’re tentatively shooting for 1-2:30pm-ish. Come have a beer, check out Westwood’s growing business district, and hang with us for a loose set.

Tom Petty Tribute – Feb. 24

Join us and some of Cincinnati’s best bands to honor the music and life of Tom Petty: Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Southgate House Revival. The show starts at 8pm and we’ll be on right at 9pm, doing three of our favorite Petty songs.

The lineup also includes: Lost Coast, Wilder, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Calumet, Krystal Peterson & the QCB, 500 Miles to Memphis, Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound, The Lovers, Ben Knight & the Welldiggers, The Damn Torpedoes, Moonshine & Wine, The Brand, No Sorrow, The Kentucky Struts, Nick Baker, The Grove, Boxcar Suite, and Magnolia Mountain.

Great press for The Long Fight + my favorite music of the year

We had a great record release show at York Street Cafe last month. Thanks to all who joined and made it a phenomenal night. We’ve gotten some great press for the record so far — check out Mike Breen’s fantastic review in CityBeat and Jim Nolan’s thoughtful interview at WVXU. We’ll have photos and more press up soon.

In the meantime, check out my annual list of my favorite music of the year. Let me know if you find something new to dig. Check out the Spotify playlist, too!

Happy holidays — we’ll see you soon.
– Dave

Please Allow Us To (Re)Introduce Ourselves

Pike 27 by Jude Mecher

Pike 27 by Jude Mecher

Bands change lineups like the trees change leaves. goes Brian Jones, in comes Mick Taylor. See ya, David Lee — welcome, Sammy. The Spice Girls continued on without Ginger Spice! Pike 27 may have carved out a small corner of Cincinnati music history by…having the lead singer fire himself just as the new record is done?

Long story short: although Dave Purcell has always sang and played guitar in Pike 27, he fell back in love with drums, his original instrument, just as he fell out of love with singing. He approached Dave Killen about moving from drums to guitar, but Dave saw this as a good time to focus on finishing his Master’s degree and offered to move on. Now what?

Enter singer/songwriter/guitarist Dan Mecher, formerly of The Turnbull ACs, Denial, and many fab courtyard sets at Neon’s. The seeds were planted when Dan opened for us at the Listing Loon a couple of years back: he joined us on some of our songs, we backed him on his, hugs were exchanged, and everyone drank too much and had a lovely time. When Dave P. approached Dan with a typically long-winded explanation of the situation, Dan simply texted back, “I’m in.”

Dan sings most of our songs, and Dave P. still sings a few from behind the kit. We’re doing Dan’s songs, too. We still sound like Pike 27. Dave K. is staying in the extended family to sit in the many stringed instruments he plays.

We’ve played a few low-key gigs with Dan, Friday, Oct. 13 is our official coming-out party. You can do your part by coming out, too (#seewhatwedidthere?).

We haven’t had time to get a new band photo yet, so please adore the artistic interpretation by Jude Mecher. Thanks for listening. Hope to see you Friday.
— Pike 27 v4.0

P.S. RIP, Tom Petty.

October 13 w/ Flying Underground & Shrug

Excellent guitarist/songwriter Brian Lovely recently started a new monthly indie rock series at MVP in Silverton, and we’re thrilled to be included in October along with Shrug (from Dayton). It’s a great room with excellent sound — join us!

We kick the show off at 9pm, followed by Shrug, and Flying Underground.

July 10

Just a quick reminder that we’ll be at Northside Yacht Club on Monday, July 10. The Division Men (from Austin) go on first at 9pm, we’re on second at 10pm, and the wonderful Royal Holland Close out the night.