Coming Up Spades and Ash Trays, An Interview
With The Human Reunion
To say I approached my interview with the
Human Reunion with some
trepidation would be an extreme understatement. I missed the band’s
Cincinnati and Akron debuts earlier this Summer (where they shared the
limelight with Enon and Thunderbirds Are Now!), and while I fully expected
(based on their collective pedigrees alone) that the band may have already
firmly established themselves as Dayton’s newest rock showmen, I didn’t
know for sure. Contributing to my hesitation was the fact that I’d been
privy to more moniker-related message board crossfire than music, and I’m
not normally one to voluntarily rock the Dayton musician shit talk boat (at
least not in print).
So you must be asking yourselves why I
made arrangements to prepare this
eccentric quintet for their media debut? Simply, curiosity killed the cat.
invitation to interview the band at one of their regular bi-weekly practices
provide the perfect opportunity to adequately sample their aural antics. To
frank, these four dudes can assume a fair share of the credit for keeping a
pulse in the Dayton indie rock undercurrent for over a decade. While this list
is in no way comprehensive,
they’ve been in some way responsible for the following legacy and current
powerhouse Dayton indie, pop, punk, noise and shoegazer outfits: Lazy,
Cigarhead, 8-Bit Revival, Revampire, The Motel Beds, The Lab Partners,
We, Electricity, and the list goes on.
Posted September, 2005.(more)
No Rest For The
Heartless, An Interview With Heartless Bastards
may come as a bit of a surprise that the voice at the head
of this year’s indie rock pack, emerges from
the slight and unassuming frame of Dayton/Cincinnati native
Erika Wennerstrom. Don’t get me wrong, the peculiarity
of this phenomenon has nothing to do with the fact that she’s
a female musician, but rather because she emerges from her
shy frame as a performer far beyond her years. She lays her
soul bare in her lyrics, channels a throaty howl that has
been likened to Robert Plant in the pages of a recent Rolling
Stone, and possesses a rare songwriters ear that has resulted
in some of the strongest and most memorable rock hooks in
recent memory. These are the things that rock and roll legends
are made of. Not to be overlooked, her partners in crime,
drummer Kevin Vaughn and bassist Mike Lamping have the high
quality rhythm rock chops that will undoubtedly carry Heartless
Bastards straight to the top.
Eight Legs And Is About To Hand You Your Punk Ass? An Interview
With The Fugue
The Fugue are less a band and more a rare
musical enigma that will leave you scratching your head,
among other things. And after several evenings of correspondence
with singer Joe Somar only a few things are clear to me:
and foremost, this is a band that pukes, scrapes and flings
like a collective of no-wave Gallaghers (the comedian,
not the brothers), and they definitely don’t give
a flying fuck who the musical and physical blood, sweat
and bile lands on. Second, a chance meeting with
The Fugue may result in head trauma. Are you in a racist
hasn’t paid their optical insurance or secured a
Lens Crafters warranty? You might wanna steer clear of
this foursome. Oh yeah, they aren’t taking any shit
from Yellowcard’s fiddle player no matter how many
back flips he does on Conan O’Brien either. Nattily
clad fashionistas beware, The Fugue aren’t a pleasantly
theatrical quartet who panders to the faint of heart. They
are dangerous, nervous, shifty-eyed,
and unpredictable. They are a band who is prepared to unload
a musical shit storm on your sorry ass. (more)
In This Issue:
03/07/06 with The Academy Is..., Depeche Mode, Get Hustle,
Japanther, Made In Mexico, Neon Blonde, Pelican, XBXRX,
Wolf Parade and more.
The Best Of 2005 (posted 03/07/06), by Tim and Joe Anderl.
Update: 10/12/05 with Armor For Sleep, The Book Of Lists,
The Charming Snakes, Circa Survive, The Letters Organize,
Andrew Morgan, Tiger Bear Wolf and Yellowcard.
Update: 07/21/05 Bettawreckonize Gets Warped!
Review Update: 03/13/05 with
Can Joann, Humans Bow Down, Jesse Krakow, Razor Crusade,
Ruins, Thunderbirds Are Now!, Turing Machine and more.
Update: 02/27/05 with About The Fire, Capillary Action,
The Cinema Eye, Comeback Kid, The Plot To Blow Up The
Eiffel Tower. River City Rebels, Seamless and more.
01/11/05), by Tim Anderl
Update: 01/11/05 with The Black Maria, Character, Dead
Broke, Freya, The Shakedowns and more.
Update: 12/13/04 with Codeseven, Ex Models, Panicsville,
Von Iva and more.
Review Update: 12/6/04 with Gratitude, Razorlight
and Jimmy Eat World.
Update: 11/28/04 with BARS, Dalek, The Fight, Hopesfall,
Tegan and Sara, Upsilon Acrux and more.
11/08/04 with Fear Before The March Of Flames,
Mr. Scrillon, Quintron, Vaux, and Yowie.
The Essence; An Interview With Adult.
Eyes And Ears One Letter At A Time; An Interview With
Freaks; An Interview With Thunderbirds Are Now!
Photos of Alexisonfire,
Atreyu, Bad Religion, Flogging Molly, The (International)
Noise Conspiracy, Number One Fan, Tacking Back Sunday,
The Story Changes, Tiger Army, Unearth, and more.