Reuniting in 2013 after an eight-year hiatus, New Planet Trampoline is releasing the long-awaited double album they started before they broke to work on different projects. Join them at the album release show Saturday March 12 at Cleveland’s famed Happy Dog.
Part of Lakewood’s long-standing Davenport Collective, which started in the mid ’90s in the Kent State music scene, New Planet Trampoline recorded Dark Rides and Grim Visions in the space the collective has been working out of for more than 15 years. It’s being released on Stow House Records, the label co-founded by Cleveland legend Ken Janssen.
The band consists of Matt Cassidy (guitar, vocals), Ben Gmetro (Farfisa, vocals), Dave Molnar (bass, vocals) and Charlie Druesedow (drums). Members have played together in other bands as well, including The It*Men, The Hot Rails, and The Dreadful Yawns.
Hear a track from the new album below, and watch a video of when they covered Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn for Halloween, which wound up taking them to Austin Psych Fest in 2014.
Midnight Passenger album-release show tonight at Mahall’s, with Corduroy Season and Nights.
The new Midnight Passenger album, Calypso, was recorded over the past year by Jim Stewart at Lava Room, Whiteout Audio and Jim Stewart Studios. “Jim sent us some tunes and we were blown away.” said Justin Markert of Cellar Door Records. “Midnight Passenger have a unique electric energy on stage that forces you to pay attention. Masters of their craft, they’re not afraid to explore new territory, climb to greater heights and take the listener with them. We couldn’t be more excited about this record.” Midnight Passenger is an Alternative/Indie Rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, consisting of Tony Zaro (lead vocals), Dan Metyk (lead guitar, backing vocals), Ricky Zaborowski (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jim Janek (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Shane Zigler (drums). Calypso also features guest appearances from Sam Getz (Welshly Arms), Vinny DiFranco (Ohio Sky) and Jenna Fournier (Nights).
NIGHTS is the amalgamation of four strong musicians and songwriters with diverse musical backgrounds. Their songs, sound, grooves, and melodies are composed to rock, soothe, excite, entangle, and envelop listeners in a variegated aural experience. NIGHTS’ sound is amorphous yet distinct, wide in scope, influence, and imagination.
Fronting NIGHTS, Jenna Fournier, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar, writes the majority of NIGHTS’ lyrical content and composes the skeletal song structures. Jenna joined NIGHTS New Years Day of 2010 at the invitation from Francesco Maraldo, sonic sculptor, guitarist, and unapologetic rocker. Francesco contributes to lyrics, arrangements and instrumentation, and manipulates the sounds that paint the starry-sky over the rhythmic foundation NIGHTS stands on. Together they joined Chris Dalman, classically trained percussionist, sound engineer, and accomplished athlete (both behind the kit and apart from). After a search for the final piece, Vincenzo Mauer stepped into the sonic foray. Aside from being NIGHTS bassist and Donatello, he is an accomplished sound sculptor, and often the witty comic relief that fuses together a multi-headed, musical, mythological monster that stomps out tumultuous rock rhythms, breathes sinuous sonic-scapes, and hums mellifluous melodies.
NIGHTS released their first EP, A Tangle of Arms, in 2010. After a year in the studio recording the follow-up, they decided to scrap the entire thing and start over, unsatisfied with the quality. They switched studios and engineers and finally released their debut ‘whisper’ in 2013. Shortly after, they landed a deal with an indie label in Japan, 2670 Records. Whisper was officially released in Japan via Tower Records on September 18, 2013.
Corduroy Season features Ron Kenzig (Drums, Vocals), Scott Larson (Guitar, Vocals); Jason Libal (Guitar), Zach Panek (Bass, Vocals) and Matt Sweeney (Keys)
It may have been a good idea to bring a set of earplugs to the Beachland Ballroom Friday night as the aggressive chaos-inducing noise-rock of Lightning Bolt, METZ and Chomp emanated from the stage and penetrated concertgoers’ ears.
Cleveland’s own Chomp kicked off the night with Joe Boyer on vocals, Jeff Latimer on bass and Scott Reid on drums. Boyer’s voice ranged from melodic drifts to gravelly screams. Reid’s drumming reached a vomit-inducing high that did not deter him one bit except for a five second recovery period before delving into one of Chomp’s newest songs, “The Rational Anthem”. You can catch Chomp again at Mahall’s on April 30.
METZ hailing from Toronto took no time to create a sweat-filled haze over the crowd that literally fogged up lead singer Alex Edkin’s glasses. Edkin’s shredding matched bass player’s Chris Sloarch’s wild antics while drummer Hayden Menzies pounded away in a maniacal fashion. Edkin’s interactions was minimal but when prompted, the crowd responded back with mighty whooping before diving back into the mosh pit once a new song started.
Much anticipated headliner Lightning Bolt took to the stage – a rarity as their sets are usually performed on the ground surrounded by the crowd. Bassist Brian Gibson left the talking and crowd interaction up to drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale as he stood off to the side quietly concentrating on his loops and tapping. Chippendale’s furious drumming threw concertgoers into a violent frenzy while he bellowed unintelligible lyrics into his masked microphone. Playing songs off their recently released album Fantasy Empire, it was not long before those in attendance mustered the courage to hop on stage and thrash along in usual Lightning Bolt fashion.
King Tuff and Herzog play the Beachland Ballroom Thursday April 2, 2015.
Show starts at 8:30pm (doors at 7:30pm).
King Tuff (Brattleboro, LA; Sub Pop)
Herzog (Cleveland; Exit Stencil Recordings)
Herzog has quietly been building a devoted following with their relentless take on guitar-driven power-pop. Comparisons to ’90s luminaries such as Built to Spill, Sebadoh, and Dinosaur Jr abound—apt and warranted—but similarities with present-day bands like Diarrhea Planet, Thee Oh Sees and FIDLAR are equally appropriate. Boys is the new album by Cleveland’s Herzog on Exit Stencil Recordings and is by far their most ambitious, cohesive, and sonically diverse album to date.