“Trash Pop” trio Tweens has quickly become Cincinnati’s most buzzed-about unsigned band
1 Comment · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In a short time, Cincinnati "Trash Pop"/"Nasty Doo Woppy" band Tweens has become the most talked about unsigned band in Cincinnati. And the music industry is watching too
by Mike Breen
33 days ago
Spiky Cincinnati Noise Pop band has track from forthcoming album world premiered by Spin
Cincinnati Noise Pop trio Vacation had the first sampling of its forthcoming sophomore LP debuted by Spin.com today. The messy but blissfully melodic track "Pyro Hippies" is set for the band's Candy Waves album, scheduled for release on June 18 through New Jersey-based label, Don Giovanni Records. Vacation features singer/drummer Jerome Westerkamp (former singer/guitarist for The Read), guitarist/singer Peyton Copes and bassist/singer Evan Wolff (both formerly of Till Plains). The road-tested trio will play a couple of shows in July and then do three weeks on the road starting in early September. "Vacation" is starting to sound downright ironic given the busy bees Westerkamp and Copes have been lately. Besides Vacation, the pair is also 2/3 of the much-buzzed about trio Tweens, self-described as a "Nasty Doo Woppy band." The group — which mines a vein similar to Vacation, but with a female vocalist — has been garnering big attention from both music fans and the industry. Tweens recently opened for The Breeders when the "Alt" legends played a tour warm-up show at Southgate House Revival in Newport in advance of their global jaunt celebrating the 20th anniversary of the seminal Last Splash record. It must've gone well — Tweens were chosen to open for The Breeders in Washington D.C., Philly and New York City in early May.Look for a profile of Tweens in the May 1 edition of CityBeat. In the meantime, check out "Rattle&Rollin," which the esteemed U.K. label Fat Cat showcased on its website a couple of weeks ago.
Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery try not to make too many plans for R. Ring
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In musical parlance, "organic"
describes a process free from self-conscious overthinking and
blueprinted deliberation, resulting in a pure, unplanned outcome. That is exactly how Ampline/thistle
guitarist Mike Montgomery and Breeders
guitarist/vocalist Kelley Deal formed their powerful
acoustic-based duo R. Ring.
by Emily Maxwell
Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery of R. Ring rock Austin for the first time
Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Greater Cincy bands like thistle and Ampline debuted their newest project to eager SXSW crowds Thursday and successfully left them craving more.Deal (from Dayton, Ohio) and Montgomery (from Dayton, Ky.) formed R. Ring about a year and a half ago. Even though they have yet to release a record, the group attracted a substantial crowd to Frank's on Colorado Street, despite the fact that hundreds were waiting in line to see Tenacious D next door.Earlier in the day R. Ring played at the DOWN showcase, which was a collaborative effort between Jason Snell, of the Cincinnati bands Chocolate Horse and Ohio Knife, and the local branch of design firm Landor. R. Ring charmed the crowds not only with their performance, but also with their wit and gentle demeanor.Before the show, I managed to snag an interview with the pair inside their van. Below is what Deal, a SXSW veteran, and Montgomery, a first time attendee, had to say about the festival.CityBeat: What do you think of SXSW compared to other music festivals?Kelley Deal: When I think "festival," I think like a main stage and over here's a secondary stage … I 'm used to it being in one kind of area, so It never feels like a festival here. It always just feels like a gig. I hear about all these fabulous things going on and I'm not from here so it seems like, yeah, I need to see this, but where is it? Mike even downloaded a SXSW app today. Mike, how to do you feel about that?Mike Montgomery: I haven't used it yet. I just asked one person a simple question — where's this band playing — and this guy said, "I don't know, fuck off, get the app," so I got the app. Neither one of us have looked at anything to do at SXSW yet. I just wanted to get here and figure it out as we went. I already feel overwhelmed, like there were a million bands and all this stuff happening. It feels like there's too much to think about, so I need to protect my brain as much as possible. CB: What's the best way for bands to approach the festival?KD: I prefer to get here and meander about instead of planning this rigid itinerary that you have to adhere to — that sounds like a job, not fun. The first thing we did was pull in and go to a knitting store, because I love to knit.MM: It's overwhelming, I looked at the app briefly. There were so many words … that I put it back in my pocket. CB: How does the scene in Cincinnati compare to a music town like Austin?KD: It does have this trailer-park feel, but all the good parts, like the camaraderie … it's got this very informal quality/type of living, in a way. I haven't seen big beautiful houses with people just showing wealth for no reason other than they have it. All the places we look at they're very cute houses and it seems like they value art.MM: (Cincinnati) is all I really know. I've been playing and working there for 20 years. You hear people bitch, "Oh, the local scene sucks," but get out there and go to another town, get out and travel. If you're only looking to play at your local club once a month, then it does get boring, it does get old and you play with all the same bands. But go to another city, meet some new bands and bring them home, get it going. I'm always impressed there's always new bands I've never heard of, there's always people doing stuff. It's inspiring that there's a lot of youthful energy and a constant supply of talent in the Cincinnati music scene — but everyone bitches about their hometown.KD: That's what we're saying about Austin, that's what they're good at — supplying that lifestyle for themselves. CB: What expectations do you have for SXSW? What do you hope to accomplish down here?KD: I don't know, what are they offering? Is someone offering some shit? It seems like any band you can ever think of is inside their box (at SXSW).MM: We have no expectations. We're here to have fun and play some shows. When I talk about feeling overwhelmed by the conference and bands, I feel like there's something in the air with people thinking this is going to be an advantageous career move or something like that. So that's what neither of us are excited about — that we're going to get something — but it's nice to see people doing stuff in different cities. It's cool to see friends from home here, too. I was surprised to see so many guys from Cincinnati. CB: Would you come back to SXSW?MM: I'm not going to make it a life goal, but if someone invited us again, I'd definitely do it.