This is the best and original lineup of the band that featured the maniacal Chris Erba on vocals. Watch this deranged lunatic play with one of the fiercest, short lived bands in Cleveland punk/hc history. They came, they saw, and they self-destructed. This footage has never been seen before. Crack one open and check this set out.
I have decided to do some podcasts that are strictly music. This Ohio punk rock theme will be ongoing. Check out what I think is some of the best stuff to come out of Akron, Cleveland, Kent, etc. This is not a definitive collection. Just some awesome tunes. Some are classic and some are forgotten. Continue reading KILLED BY OHIO; A COMPILATION OF PUNK FROM NE OHIO→
Horror of 59 has a new album titled Necroaggression. It reminds me of old So Cal melodic punk mixed with rockabilly and a heavy dose of the Misfits. They have a song called “Nuke ‘Em High” so you can pretty much expect lyrics ripped straight out of the script for a b-movie. What’s not to love? You know what you’re gonna get and it’s what you came for.
“The Turning” is probably my favorite track upon first album listen. Horror of 59 definitely knows how to lay a catchy hook on your sorry ass. This one will be in my head all night.
Cider may dawn the faux British accents but make no mistake about it, they are very Cleveland. The first time I saw Cider was in Youngstown, Ohio, at Play Fast or Die Fest. Their set was way longer than the allotted slot, nobody was into it, and then they got into a confrontation with members of Crowd Deterrent. I still have no clue exactly what went on between those two groups but it all seemed pretty funny and obnoxious.
Cider has been playing on and off since the 90s and shares members with other bands such as Darvocets, Integrity, Midnight, and more. They are Cleveland (British) Royalty. I haven’t really posted much about Cider, but here’s to them. The music is violent and angry, fitting into the Clevo HC lineage perfectly. Some may call them a “joke band” but they are way more pissed off than a lot of “serious” bands.
Today, EKTRO RECORDS sets March 28th as the international release date for X__X’s X Sticky Fingers X collection. Life’s greatest pleasures are often its most fleeting. Witness, for example, the ephemeral run of X__X, a turbulent quartet that tore through Cleveland like a Dadaist cyclone for six months in 1978. Preceding his imminent relocation to NYC, burly, blond brawler John D Morton assembled the project as a tighter, more rocking successor to his storied proto-punk act, The Electric Eels. An early, practice-room incarnation included that group’s inimitable singer, Dave E. McManus, as well as future Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film author Michael J. Weldon. Shortly thereafter, the cast of characters stabilized to encompass razor-wire guitarist Andrew Klimeyk, CLE magazine editor-turned-bassist Jim Ellis, and drummer Anton Fier, who went on to fame and fortune with the Feelies, the Lounge Lizards, Pere Ubu, and the Golden Palominos. Continue reading CLEVELAND 70’S PUNKS X__X TO RELEASE RETROSPECTIVE→
May 4th, 1970 is a day that will forever dwell in the depths of our collective American psyche. Tragedy struck the nation as innocent blood was shed on the grounds of Kent State University. During a Vietnam War protest, four students ended up callously murdered, while nine other young adults were injured by the trigger of Ohio National Guardsmen. Kids killing kids for no apparent reason as lives were forever altered. It was not a pretty day for the sleepy college town of Kent, Ohio. Public opinion was swaying as the tides turned in an already unpopular war. A dark shadow was cast over the Presidency of Richard Milhous Nixon. Continue reading KILL THE HIPPIES IN KENT,OHIO.→