Our Ear to the Ground: Cleveland sampler showed that the Northeastern Ohio town is not hurting for great bands. Last night’s release party and showcase at Cleveland’s Grog Shop also proved that there’s no shortage of passionate music fans in Cleveland, either; the free showcase featuring four of the bands on the sampler was packed.
The Replacements-like Prisoners started things off with a sweltering set of garage rock, and This Moment in Black History followed them up with a set that was defined by a good groove as drummer Lamont “Bim” Thomas and bassist Lawrence Daniel Caswell kept the bottom end of things tight and heavy. “We’re here to make you guys happy or at least create that illusion,” said wiry singer Chris Kulcsar. Mission accomplished. Even the false starts that often accompanied the new songs didn’t detract from their performance. The Suede Brothers, a power trio that takes its musical cues from Rush (also a trio) and Black Sabbath (not a trio), followed up with a set that mostly showed off new material it has written for an album it is currently shopping to record labels. While bassist Kevin Naughton whipped his “rock mane” with abandon, baby-faced singer-guitarist Dylan Francis was the real star as his Geddy Lee-like vocals had real power and sounded super sharp during the band’s rocking set. Above This Fire finished things off with a traditional set of hardcore that even inspired a mosh pit. “I have never been more proud of Cleveland than tonight,” singer Andy Hoffman said in reference to the overall quality of the bands on the bill. Delivered with a bit of irony, of course. But many in the crowd seemed genuinely proud about the spotlight these bands are getting with Ear to the Ground. Thanks, Cleveland, for reminding us how fun a rock show can be — we’ll be back.
review and images by Tom Monday
This Moment In Black History
Above This Fire
ETTG Cleveland Poster
Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog