Over the past nine years, The Bled has lived up to its name in more ways than one. The Tucson Post-Hardcore quintet formed in 2001, initially billing itself as the Radiation Defiance Theory and then almost immediately (and wisely) shortening it to The Bled. A pair of EPs within their first year raised the band's profile, making them a hot local club draw and ultimately leading to the band signing with Miami's Fiddler Records.
As we approach the beginning of a new decade, I decided to try to think of 100 reasons why I've enjoyed covering Cincinnati music over the past 3,650 days. At first I was worried I might not be able to come up with enough. A couple of hours into an "off the top of my head" list, I considered changing it to 1,000 reasons. After some hard editing choices, I've managed to squeeze the decade down into 50 items.
In an era when a lot of music has scaled back and become overly somber, Electric Six has revived the concept of "more is more." Their high-energy guitar, shimmering banks of synthesizers and humor (featuring equal measures of tongue and cheek) have reinvented the Rock experience as a contemporary high-energy vaudeville act.
It's been a momentous four years since the postmodern New Wave blurt of The Features' major label debut EP, "The Beginning," and their first semi-full length album, "Exhibit A." The band has managed to maintain a consistent sound through personnel shifts, infusing contemporary verve into their classic Pop/Rock influences.