Plus, Freekbass to teach London
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The free, every-Friday MidPoint Indie
Summer (MPIS) series concerts at Downtown’s Fountain Square goes all-Punk this week. Plus, musician Joe Hedges teams up with artist Jiemei Lin for a performance at the Contemporary Arts Center and local bassist Freekbass is the first "master class" teacher announced for next year's
London Bass Guitar Show in the U.K.
by Mike Breen
Free MidPoint Indie Summer series presents all-Punk lineup
The free, every-Friday MidPoint Indie Summer (MPIS) series concerts at Downtown’s Fountain Square have featured some eclectic music over the past few years, everything from Bounce and Electro to Roots Rock, World music and Pop. But this Friday, the series goes where it has yet to go, presenting the very first all-Punk MPIS concert. Though Punk is known for its quick bursts of songs, it’s a mere coincidence that this Friday’s free show features four acts (as opposed to the usual three per show). The quartet of bands playing offers a nice cross-section of Greater Cincinnati’s Punk scene. The Pop/Punk crew BoyMeetsWorld opens the concert at 8 p.m. After coming out of the gates fast (in just its first year as a band, the group won first place at the popular “battle of the bands” competition presented by Forest Park’s The Underground), the hooks-heavy BMW released its debut EP, Do What’s Best for You, this past April. (The band is performing acoustically at the Microsoft store at Kenwood Mall this Saturday at 4 p.m.)At 8:45 p.m. The Lockland Brakes take over the MPIS stage. The punchy, melodic band just played its first show and released a three-song EP last month. But they’re far from “green,” with a lineup that includes past/present members of Situation Red, Newport Secret Six and DAAP Girls.Unwelcome in my Head by The Lockland BrakesThe excellent, raucous trio The Dopamines, which spent a chunk of its spring touring Europe, perform at 9:15 p.m. The hard-touring band has put out several excellent releases, including last year’s stellar Vices, which caused JadedPunk.com to declare, “For a bunch of goddamned drunks, The Dopamines sure can write some catchy hooks.” Headlining the night at 10 p.m. is Loudmouth, a high-energy local five-piece that mixes power and melody in the vein of Screeching Weasel, NOFX and No Use for a Name. Loudmouth digitally released its latest effort, the eight-track Future Boredom EP, in late March. For more on the MidPoint Indie Summer concerts — and all of the PNC Summer Music Series concerts — visit myfountainsquare.com.
by Mike Breen
Popular area Pop Punk band releases new album at swan song performance
One of Cincy’s more popular Pop Punk bands has decided to call it quits. But first, they're giving fans some new music and one final blow-out show to remember them by. The quintet Loudmouth has played well-attended gigs regularly around town for the past half decade or so, eventually becoming headliners of self-booked multi-band shows at places like Madison Theater in Covington. Tonight, the group returns to the club for its farewell show and the release party for its final album, the eight-song Future Boredom. The band is splitting because guitarist Mike Ulanski took a job teaching English in Abu Dhabi.I sent Loudmouth a few questions about their experiences as a band in Greater Cincinnati and their individual plans moving ahead. The tight knit group of pals got together and answered them as a band.CityBeat: You guys have your last album coming out at the farewell show. Tell me a little about Future Boredom. Was it material you were working on before you decided to split or did you know you were splitting and went in the studio to record these final tunes?Loudmouth: The songs were written or were in the process of being written before Mike announced that he accepted the job offer, but we all knew this was our last record when we went into the studio. The toughest decisions we faced were which songs to record, and how many we could afford to do without sacrificing the quality of each songs production. Tim and Mike were writing lots of songs at the time, but their styles were heading in two different directions, which can be seen on Future Boredom. The songs weren’t written about the break up, but they were recorded as if they were the last songs we’d ever do, which means we couldn’t afford to leave anything unsaid. Between Eric Tuffensdam’s (Moonlight Studios) expertise and our previous studio work with him, we definitely got what we wanted out of this record, a definitive and uncompromised collection of our best written songs.
CB: You guys had a great run of about four or five years. What are you most proud of from your time playing around the area? LM: We’ve been fortunate enough to share a stage with just about every one of the bands we grew up idolizing, but opening for NOFX takes the cake on moments that we’ll remember forever. The proud moment there was that the 2000 people crammed into the Madison Theater didn’t boo us off the stage like NOFX crowds are prone to do. But besides that, we have a lot to be proud of, and more importantly a lot to be thankful for. None of the amazing moments we had as a band would have existed without the help of some amazing people. Frank Heulfeld and Kevin McNamee with the Madison Theater, and before that the Mad Hatter, Rome and the Clifton Heights Music Festival (which we’ve only missed one since the beginning of the festival because we were on tour), Rich and the entire Southgate House staff, Adam and CincyPunk Fest, the staff at the Madison Theater, who among other things, talked the cops out of arresting Tim seconds before we hit the stage, Chris Joselyn and Brian Carothers for all their help booking tours. Above all else, and we mean this with all sincerity, the thing that makes all of us proud and grateful is the support we’ve gotten from day one. We’ve never, not exaggerating, played a show where people didn’t dance by the end of our set. We came up in an age where kids were too cool to dance at shows, and we’ve watched so many great bands play killer sets to a bunch of stone faced hipsters gently bobbing their heads in jaded approval. Those kids got pushed to the back of the crowd when we played, and we couldn’t be more proud to have that kind of effect on people. All that dancing and moshing and shouting of our lyrics translates that people get it, and what’s more, they actually like it, and nothing is more gratifying then having that kind of connection with your friends and fans. CB: Anything you would have done differently?LM: Tour. Tour all the time. We did three tours; the last one to Florida was our most successful, but touring would be the No. 1 priority if we could do anything differently. We probably could have been more business savvy and networked a little more, too.
CB: What's been the low point? LM: The worst show we ever played happened at the Blue Rock Tavern in Northside. There were a lot of people out that night and we were headlining and everything that could have gone wrong did. The P.A. kept over heating, it was 900 degrees and Mike’s guitar broke four songs in, and there was no replacement. We had to just stop. It was embarrassing and people got pissed. Moving out of Loudhouse and losing that as a place to party and throw shows was also a bummer. We had to pay for a practice space again, we lost our afterparty, which had become a huge part of our shows, and, of course, we couldn’t invite a bunch of awesome bands to play the basement. The Bike House died shortly after that, and it seemed like Cincinnati’s basement scene sort of dried up all at once. We went from a city who had an entire weekend fest dedicated to basements to having no real basement venues to speak of. That was definitely a bummer.Shortly after that Sam Duff left the band and the months leading up to and following that time were pretty rough. We practiced in a moldy closet sized room in the back of the Mad Hatter, we weren’t sure who was going to play bass, how we could afford to tour; it was a cold wet winter and things were just all around crappy.CB: Can we expect future musical projects from the Loudmouth members? Any concrete plans as of yet? LM: None of us will ever stop playing music, but where, how and with who is bound to change. Tim, Adam Bret and Chris have already talked about their next project and things are in the works. Mike will be playing acoustic Journey covers at an open mic in Abu Dhabi to pay rent.
CB: What can people expect from the last blow out concert from Loudmouth?LM: You’ll have to come to find out.Tonight's 9 p.m., all-ages show features a great support bill: The Frankl Project, Horsecop, Situation Red and The Milky Way Persuasion. Tickets are $5. Visit www.loudestmouth.com for more on the group and to sample some tunes.
Plus, Browngrass 2012, New Noise Showcase and Stanley's Blues & BBQ offer variety of local performers
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Cincy Punk Pop quintet Loudmouth has played
well-attended gigs regularly around town for the past half decade or so,
eventually becoming headliners of self-booked multi-band shows at
places like Madison Theater in Covington. This Friday, the group returns
to the club for its farewell show and the release party for its final
album, the eight-song Future Boredom.
by Mike Breen
Pre-St. Paddy's celebrations plus surfin' OTR
The good part about St. Paddy's Day being on a Saturday this year is pretty obvious — unless you're a preacher, there's a good chance you don't have to work Sunday, so you can drink your heart out (if you're into that kinda thing). The bad news — you have to wait until tomorrow morning to start drinking — or at least start drinking with an acceptable excuse for your excessiveness. Tonight at Covington's Madison Theater, local Punk band Loudmouth provides you with a doctor's note to get a jump on the Irish-inspired revelry as they headline a St. Patrick's Day party/concert at the Madison Theater. The all-ages show kicks off at 8 p.m. and also features performances from Milky Way Persuasion (formerly Ready to Fall), The Worthmores, Situation Red and ace Ska/Reggae crew The Newport Secret Six. I bet there will be Pogues and Dropkick Murphys covers performed. Tickets are just $7.Loudmouth is currently working on a new release, but you can check out some tracks from the band's Cabin Fever EP below.<a href="http://loudmouthohio.bandcamp.com/album/cabin-fever-e-p">Cabin Fever E.P. by Loudmouth</a>• Also in Covington, local band The Dublin Defense present its "St. Patty's Kick Off" at the Leapin Lizard Lounge (726 Main St.) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. The Northern Kentucky six-piece plays a variety of Rock, Pop and Alt music (they've done ’80s themed shows in the past), but their St. Patty's Day show is certain to be loaded with Irish tunes, particularly songs by The Pogues (one of the group's main avowed influences). You'll also get to sample some homemade Irish soda bread, as two of the band's members compete in a soda bread taste-off (you can help pick the winner). I guarantee they'll play this one (contact me if they don't and the $5 and soda bread's on me!):• Two great area Surf Rock bands play MOTR Pub tonight in Over-the-Rhine. The free show kicks off around 10 p.m. The Maladroits have been kicking around the area for several years, something of a family act for many of them, with papa Ron White leading a band that included sons Eli and Sky, who has found great success playing keys with Foxy Shazam (the band's Facebook has this funny note in their "About" section: "Once the most powerful surf band in all of Cincinnati. Now not even a minor footnote in the history of Foxy Shazam"). Currently, the band features Ron White (guitar), long-timers Bryce Rhude (guitar) and David Freeman (sax), new drummer Brad Grawe and, keeping the family-band concept alive, White's wife, Tamina, is now the group's bassist. The AmpFibians (one of my favorite local band names ever!) have been helping to keep Surf music alive for the past three or four years in Cincinnati. The instrumental trio features local musicians Dave Davies, Tom Coates and Chris Damele. Check out this killer AmpFibians track "Attaque De Los Conquistadores":Click here to see all of tonight's live music events.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The CincyPunk Fest has emerged as one of the most popular benefit concerts in the region, raising money for various charities since its inception a decade ago. For CincyPunk Fest 10, the event returns to Newport’s Southgate House this Saturday and Sunday under new management and with a lineup full of some of the top music-makers in Cincinnati. And, despite its name, the fest is again a showcase for much more than just Punk Rock.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
This weekend, the folks from local indie label Grasshopper Juice Records are gearing up for its fifth annual Adjust Your Eyes Music & Art Festival. The eclectic, camping-friendly event (this year being held at the Branch Hill VFW Hall in Loveland) will feature more than 30 musical acts on two stages, one indoors and one outdoors.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Brothers and The Sisters feature singer/songwriter Jeremy Pinnell, whose work with The Light Wires and The Great Depression proved him to be one of the most soulful writers in the Folk/Roots arena. The songs are similar but presented in a different setting — instead of electric instruments or a stark acoustic-duo format, The Brothers and The Sisters use banjo, acoustic guitars and dobro (and drums and bass).
Feb. 3 • The Mad Hatter
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 2, 2010
If you're a frequent attendee of local music shows, you've no doubt seen Pat Rice, the 65-year-old "superfan" who probably attends more music events than just about anyone and is beloved by the bands she consistently checks out. Rice recently lost her residence and is without the money for a deposit on a new place to stay, so several bands are hosting an "emergency" benefit show for her.
Loudmouth puts the party in Punk and nabs a CEA nod
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2009
After a year of existence, Loudmouth experienced the gamut of local band emotions in a fairly compressed time frame. For starters, Loudmouth would never have existed if former Now Entering Rehab guitarist/vocalist Mike Ulanski had opted for a Florida teaching job.