Friday, the free, weekly MidPoint Indie Summer series on Fountain Square features headliners Bad Veins, the Cincy-based Indie Pop act with loads of acclaim thanks to a pair of phenomenal nationally released albums and frequent touring. Earlier this year, singer/songwriter/guitarist/tape operator Benjamin Davis parted ways with founding drummer Sebastien Schultz. Davis has since been touring with new skinsman Jake Bonta. Nashville, Tenn., rockers The Protomen open the show at 8 p.m.
In the middle 9 p.m. slot, Cincinnati Pop Rock six-piece Archer’s Paradox performs, fresh off of the release of its debut album, Pyramid Lake.
Archer’s Paradox came out of the gate hard — one of their very first shows was at last summer’s inaugural Bunbury Music Festival — and listening to the young musicians’ debut album, it’s not difficult to hear why they’ve gone over so well. A relatively new band is not supposed to be so accomplished and ready for its close-up on its first (self-made, self-released) album. And the rare ones that are usually move on to the next level fairly quickly. Don’t be shocked if AP is the next Cincinnati band to grab some of the national spotlight.
Frontman/singer/songwriter Seth Huff has an uncanny knack for hooks, writing songs that seem to have a melodic treat around every corner. On Pyramid Lake’s 10 tracks, Archer’s Paradox showcases a sound that fits perfectly with today’s radio-friendly Pop Rock, yet doesn’t feel like forced pandering. Though rooted in the now, Archer’s Paradox comes off like an updated amalgamation of The Cars’ synthy quirk Pop, U2 guitarist The Edge’s ping-ponging guitar echoes and the heart-swelling melodies of ’90s hit-makers Gin Blossoms.
Lead-off track “Meant to Be” sets the tone for the rest of the album nicely, with its melodic ’80s synth riffs, a rock-solid rhythmic foundation, subtle electronic percolations and guitars that hover, soar and punctuate. That electronic quality is dialed up and back throughout the album to great effect but, again, it never feels gimmicky or as if the band is attempting to, say, court the EDM crowd.
Quite simply, like everything on the album, it serves the songs and their flourishing melodic acrobatics.
On Pyramid Lake, Huff and Archer’s Paradox introduce their majestic Pop Rock to the music world with bags packed, more than ready (creatively, at least) for whatever comes next. With an introduction this polished and a base this sturdy, it will be interesting to see where they decide to take it from here. (facebook.com/archersparadoxband)
Tennis and Local Music, Anyone?
The Western & Southern Open, one of the world’s premier tennis events, returns to Lindner Family Tennis Center near Kings Island in Mason beginning this Saturday and running through Aug. 18.
The event has beefed up its non-tennis-related amenities, with expanded food, drink and shopping offerings. And local music returns with even more performances throughout the eight-day tournament. Tennis fans will have the chance to check out local acts like Veronica Grim & the Blue Ribbon Boys, Shiny Old Soul, Young Heirlooms, The Sundresses’ Brad Loans, Magnolia Mountain, The Kentucky Struts, Jody Stapleton, The G. Burton Story, Wendy Oakley, The Cla-Zels, Hickory Robot and many others, largely from Cincy’s rich Roots/Americana scene.
More Local Notes
• New band alert! Chardez is a “soulful Blues/Americana” trio fronted by singer/guitarist/keyboardist Dusty Bryant and featuring violinist Dawn Weast and drummer Eric Cope. The band recently played its debut show at Northside Tavern, but this week it will embark on an introductory series of shows for what Bryant calls a tour of the local “Bar-Muda Triangle.” Be one of the first to see/hear the band when it performs Wednesday at MOTR Pub, Friday at Boswell Alley, Saturday at Barrio Tequileria and Aug. 14 at Southgate House Revival. Click here to keep tabs on what’s next for the group.
• This Friday at Northside Tavern, local imprint Grasshopper Juice Records celebrates the release of its first charity compilation album, one of many the label has planned. All proceeds from the Turbo Nati Music Compilation comp will be given to the local Play It Forward organization, which assists working musicians financially in their time of need. The release show will feature performances from album participants Sacred Spirits, Talk Mouth, Todd Hepburn and Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar. The compilation also includes contributions from DAAP Girls, Lisa Walker & Chuck Cleaver of Wussy, Daniel Martin Moore & Joan Shelley, Counterfeit Money Machine, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Revenge Pinata, The Harlequins, Business & Pleazure and Juan Cosby. (grasshopperjuice.com)
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