If you have been eagerly waiting for the apocalypse, Voice of Crows should be your band of choice in 2016. They have a new split out wth Hadak Ura which you can listen to below. Do you like His Hero Is Gone, D-Beat, blast beats metallic hardcore, gruff vocals, or doom riffs? If you checked “yes” on any of the above, press fucking play now, ya jabroni!
You probably have never heard of Fort Recovery, Ohio. It’s where two battles took place during the American Indian Wars; St. Clair’s Defeat in 1791 and the Attack on Fort Recovery in 1794. Fort Recovery also happens to be home to Rick Derringer.
I don’t know if oldies radio stations ever plays tracks like this anymore but growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, WBBG (oldies 93) was a hub for psychedelic/bubblegum/psych rock activity. You weren’t necessarily going to hear songs that appeared on Back From The Grave compilations but your ears were blessed with some strange sounds that are far removed from today’s mainstream and sterile world of radio.
The Lemon Pipers sprouted up in Oxford, Ohio and shot to the top of the charts in 1967 with the groovy hit, “Green Tambourine”. They were part of a tight knit group of bubblegum psych-pop groups that included Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company. Guitarist Bill Bartlett would eventually join Ramjam, who is known around the world for their boogie-rock cover of the old blues song “Black Betty”.
It’s almost indisputable that The Cramps are one of the greatest and most influential American punk bands. They have been around in 1976 and enjoyed decades of success. Here are some cool videos of them that I think you readers will most definitely find entertaining.
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Akron, Ohio has a solid tradition of experimental, independently thinking, and punk influenced music. Party of Helicopters at one time were one of the more known bands of the area. They gladly carried the torch for post-hardcore until’ their breakup over ten long years ago. If you aren’t familiar with the musical heritage of Akron, let me tell you about some bands you may have heard. Perhaps Devo rings a bell? Yeah? I thought so. How about The Waitresses? Maybe not? Maybe this song will refresh your memory.
Let’s take this conversation back to Ultrasphinx. They are picking up where Party of Helicopters left off. If this was 1988, I could easily see this band being part of the SST lineup. The music is melodic but also contains a sort of melancholy aggression. Parts of the songs remind me of Sunny Day Real Estate. This is a good thing! I am very much looking forward to hearing the full LP. Keep these guys on your radar.
-WRITEUP BY MATT GREENFIELD
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Chat Logs hail from the cultural hub of Brooklyn, New York, and has at least one member originally from dreary Ohio. They combine elements of noise rock and no wave which blend together nicely. Do you like sonically heavy music? I do and I like what Chat Logs are constructing. They would fit rather nicely on a bill with Swans or Big Black. Call me a masochist, but I enjoy my ears being punished and Chat Logs fulfills all of my demented needs. They even recently appeared on the television show “Girls”.
Stiv Bators was from my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. When I first got into punk, I would get my hair cut by a guy who played and grew up with a pre-Rocket From The Tombs Stiv. He would tell me some pretty wild stories. Mr. Bators is somewhat of a Rust Belt folk hero. While digging around, these two great clips from Dead Boys surfaced. I especially love the old tour promo clip. Continue reading RIP STIV BATORS. RARE DEAD BOYS TELEVISION FOOTAGE.→