by Mike Breen
Cincinnati Darkwave duo releases creeping new clip for latest single
In February of this year, Cincinnati area
Electronic/Darkwave/Post Punk twosome Skeleton Hands released its
stellar full-length album, Gone (read CityBeat's review here). One of the standouts on the LP is the track "Oxygen," which encapsulates everything compelling about
the duo's sound — it's dark, danceable and moody, with synth
atmospherics, creeping melodies and vocals, electro-bass wobble and
shimmery guitar waterfalls.
Those retro/modern/futuristic urban-gothic sonics are
perfectly reflected in the brand new video clip for "Oxygen." The
ominous video — written by Thomas Stemrich (Director) and Josh Chiara
(Director of Photography) of local band Holy Beast — was shot over three
days in Northside and Over-the-Rhine.
The nutshell synopsis of the video: "In New Berlin, in the
basements of post-industrial mansions, lost youths pray to shrines for
nothing and participate in rituals that don’t matter. But tonight, one
of New Berlin’s daughters is through with the minutia, ready to dive
beneath the insincerity of cult posturing, and finally awaken the beacon
of change that swells beneath the city streets. Will this be another
lost night in Neverland or will she finally meet the beast of her
Stemrich and Chiara have made other music videos,
including "Night Drive" for the local act Polar Sky (Polar Sky and
Skeleton Hands both record for locally based Racecar Productions).
Sharfe says "Night Drive," and now "Oxygen," are unofficially akin to part
of a "series," with the Polar Sky clip setting the "New Berlin" tone
initially, and the Skeleton Hands' video taking it further.
"In the New Berlin videos, we see Cincinnati through a
dystopic lens," Sharfe says. "Prostitutes, cults, deities, people with
holes in their torsos. Strange stuff."
Skeleton Hands are currently taking pre-orders for copies of Gone
on vinyl. Click here to get in on the action. "Oxygen" will be
available as a single this fall through Racecar. The single release will
feature remixes, including ones by Kontravoid and the aforementioned
The duo also returns to the MidPoint Music Festival this
year, coming up towards the end of September in various venues around
Over-the-Rhine and Downtown. Skeleton Hands is slated to perform at 10
p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at MPMF venue Below Zero Lounge (on Walnut
Street, next to Emery Theatre). Click here for MPMF tickets (or visit
Fountain Square Friday night between 8-11 p.m., where you can buy
tickets in person — one night only — for $10-$20 off).
Plus, new releases this weekend from Dallas Moore and Pure Predication
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
After a couple of singles and EPs on
esteemed (and diverse) local Electronic/EDM label Racecar Productions,
local electronic Coldwave/Darkwave duo Skeleton Hands present a free
album release party.
by Mike Breen
Like every Friday, a great place to start your evening is Fountain Square, as the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert series continues with headliner Lydia Loveless. Loveless is an Ohio native who performed fairly regularly in the Cincinnati area (and elsewhere around the region) before she caught the attention of AltCountry/Modern Roots music institution Bloodshot Records with her natural blend of classic Country influences and more contemporary Rock flavors. Her debut for the label, Indestructible Machine was released last year and Loveless was one of the more buzzed-about names at last year's MidPoint Music Festival (even making the cover of CityBeat the week of the event. Loveless is currently working on new material. Read more about Lydia from this week's CityBeat here, as well as from last year's MidPoint issue here.Northern Ohio Roots/Blues artist Patrick Sweany and Cincinnati rockers The Ready Stance (check out our recent interview here) warm things up for Loveless starting at 7 p.m.• Christopher Dexter Greenspan — better known as Bay Area Electronic artist oOoOO — brings his spectral beats and melodies to Northside's Mayday tonight for a 9 p.m. show with guests Fogger and Skeleton Hands. Admission is $12.Greenspan's hypnotic, slanted mix of Chillwave and ethereal Trip Hop — at times sounding a little like Icelandic electronic act múm or a ghostly, gauzy version of M83 — was most recently showcased on oOoOO's second EP, Our Loving Is Hurting Us, which includes spacey vocals from singer Butterclock (as well as Greenspan's own voice, which delivers melodies slathered in a glaze of effects). Here's the new EP track "Break Yr Heart."• Former local musician GD Mills once again brings his raucous Minneapolis Garage Punk group Fuck Knights back to his former stomping grounds, performing a free show tonight at MOTR Pub with Muddy Udders, Children of the Emerald Fire and Martin Luther and the Kings. Showtime is 10 p.m.How are Fuck Nights like Batman? Click here to find out. Here's a clip of the Knights playing live last year (that's Mills singing and playing drums).Click here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
by Mike Breen
Up-and-coming underground rapper Chris Webby performs tonight at downtown club Play. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 at the door. The show is open to all ages. Guests include GMB, Nynewest and hosts DJ Scholar and DJ Drowsy. Webby is a Connecticut native (he has it tattooed on his chest; I'd move to Ohio if I were going to do that) who started rapping before high school and began to draw crowds at freestyle battles and with his popular mixtapes releases. Webby's built huge buzz in independent Hip Hop circles and has so far resisted signing a record deal. Click here to check out his mixtapes and other releases. Webby recently tweeted that he's just recently boarded his plane to Cincy. "PLAY in Cincinnati is about to get real weird tonight," he added.• Utah rockers The Used blast into Bogart's tonight. The 7:30 p.m. show is all ages and includes openers Stars In Stereo. Tickets are $25. The Used's energized Post Hardcore style is sparked by vocalist Bert McCracken, whose stage antics are an unpredictable throwback to Rock & Roll's more dangerous frontmen (Iggy, etc.). The Used's latest album, Vulnerable, came out earlier this spring on Hopeless Records. The album hit No. 1 on the Top Independent Albums chart when released and made it to No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Here's the video for The Used's single "I Come Alive." • The song of legendary drummer Ginger Baker, Kofi, is bringing his Cream tribute band to Covington tonight for an 8 p.m., all-ages show at the Madison Theater. Kofi Baker formed Kofi Baker's Cream Experience after catching the Cream reunion in 2005 and deciding he'd like to pick up where the originals left off. In the Clapton role is Tony Spinner, a Rock/Blues singer and guitarist who was a member of Toto in the ’00s. Playing bass is another talented musician, Ric Fierabracci, who has performed with the likes of Chick Corea, Shakira and Yanni. Kofi made his first live appearance when he was 6, playing with his pops on BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975. Here he is rocking with the Cream Experience in more recent years.• MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine has a free show tonight headlined by Canadian Electro Pop group Parallels. Showtime is 10 p.m. and like-minded locals Skeleton Hands also perform. Parallels has drawn comparisons to New Order and singer Holly Dodson has been likened to singer Kate Bush and Madonna. The band was formed in 2008 by Dodson and Cameron Findlay, the former drummers for popular electronicists Crystal Castles. Parallels sophomore full-length, XII, is due out June 26. Here's a clip for the band's song "Ultralight." Click her for more music events around town tonight.