“Pike 27 plays rock and roll: jangly, smart, sometimes noisy, usually joyful, always passionate. RIYL REM, Alejandro Escovedo, and Elvis Costello in all of their genre-crossing forms.” — Cincinnati CityBeat
Pike 27 was a mainstay of the Cincinnati music scene from 2000-2007, releasing the critically acclaimed Falling Down Hard, winning a CAMMY for Best Roots Rock Band, establishing a reputation as one of the best live acts in the area, opening for national acts (including Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Jason Ringenberg, Vigilantes of Love, and Tim Easton), and touring regionally. The band went on hiatus went lead singer/songwriter, Dave Purcell, moved away to be a sociology professor at Kent State University.
In summer 2013, Purcell returned home, put together a new lineup, and picked up right where the former version left off, debuting in front of a packed MOTR Pub house while opening for Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. Since then, Pike 27 released the five-song EP, Calling Out to positive reviews and regional airplay, and continued to build the band’s live reputation (the photo above captures the band at Taft Theater, opening for Alejandro Escovedo’s latest project, The Fauntleroys). The band new full-length, The Long Fight, will be released in November 2017.
Pike 27 is:
- Mike Fair: lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards
- Dan Mecher: lead vox, guitar
- Sean Rhiney: bass, backing vox
- Dave Purcell: drums, occasional vox
Extended family and occasional guests:
- Dave Killen: percussion, stringed instruments, backing vox
- Chuck Wiggins: accordion
- Scott Risner: mandolin