This weekend, dynamic Cincinnati Rock crew Lemon Sky is releasing a new EP, Mirco Dos. The band is celebrating its first new music in three years with a free show Saturday, Feb. 16 at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com). Cleveland, Ohio rockers The Sublets will open the night at 10 p.m.
Featuring singer/guitarist Aaron Madrigal, drummer Eric Keyes, bassist Steve Korfhagen and guitarists Ed Bruker and Eric Cronstein, Lemon Sky accurately describes its sound as “Psych Rock/Prog Pop.” The quintet’s previous release, the full-length Dos, came out three years ago this Thursday and was the follow-up to Lemon Sky’s self-titled 2011 debut. Dos and Lemon Sky are both available at lemonsky.bandcamp.com as “pay-what-you-want” downloads; they are also available to order on vinyl through the Bandcamp site.
According to a press release, Micro Dos includes songs recorded during the Dos sessions that didn’t make the album because they didn’t quite fit with the eight tracks chosen for the 2016 full-length. As the band members told CityBeat in late 2015, when making Dos, they were very conscious of making a fluid and cohesive artistic statement with the album.
“That’s the thing about not going for a particular sound,” Madrigal said. “If you listen to (Dos tracks) ‘Guillotine’ or ‘Kept in Beyond,’ and then ‘Navel of the Moon,’ (they sound nothing alike), but placed where it is on the record, it totally makes sense. We know what the sounds are, and we plot out the course of the record. That’s why the cohesion itself isn’t an issue, as long as we have it properly mapped out.”
The Micro Dos tracklisting includes four songs — “Cabin Fever,” “Near Here,” “Moses Acid” and “I Am One.”
Mirco Dos will be available beginning Saturday on streaming sites like Spotify or as a digital download through platforms like Amazon (click here for links to pre-save/pre-order). For more info, visit lemonskymusic.com.