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TWO NEW SONGS FROM THE UPCOMING ULTRASPHINX LP (EX MEMBERS, PARTY OF HELICOPTERS)‏

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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KENT, OHIO HAD SOME MUSICIANS YOU HAVE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD BUT SHOULD

After posting about Kill The Hippies, the Kent inspiration has been flowing.  I have a love/hate relationship with that place but will always treasure my fond memories of yesteryear.  Getting carried out of the Zephyr while on crutches for calling the door guy a “fat piece of shit, cocksucker, failure at life” after he called my ID fake, knowing that it wasn’t.  Putting on a show hosted by Toby Radloff of American Splendor and Killer Nerd fame.  Living in the “Yellow House” and hosting house shows where anything could and did happen.  Hell, I even went to class sometimes.  Like many little hidden pockets of America, Kent has always been home to some great and interesting musicians.  Everyone knows Devo, but here are some people you may not have heard before that have origins in Kent. Continue reading KENT, OHIO HAD SOME MUSICIANS YOU HAVE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD BUT SHOULD