Independent British record label Damnably has teamed up with another Cincinnati Rock band. The imprint, also the overseas label for acclaimed Cincy group Wussy, is issuing the first full-length release by Cincinnati “Lush Punk” trio Leggy later this month.
When Damnably hooked up with Wussy in 2013, the label released Strawberry, a compilation of material compiled from Wussy’s releases on Shake It Records that served as an introduction to U.K. music listeners. The label is taking a similar tact with Leggy — the band’s self-titled full-length for Damnably will consist of songs from the group’s three EP efforts (2014’s Grrrls Like Us, 2015’s Nice Try and this year’s DANG), as well as one new track (“Kick the Habit,” which debuted April 5 on the music site Stereogum). Leggy is due for release April 29.
The release will facilitate some overseas touring for the band. Leggy, which frequently tours the U.S. (the trio recently played six shows at Austin, Texas’ South By Southwest, part of a month-long trek that wrapped up at the end of March), will be opening for Japanese Punk Pop legends Shonen Knife (also on Damnably) throughout the U.K. beginning in Manchester on April 14. The tour wraps up May 8 in Bristol with a show that will also feature Wussy, which will be touring the U.K. beginning in late April behind its most recent release, Forever Sounds. (To complete the Cincinnati British invasion, by coincidence, local rockers Electric Citizen — which has its new album, Higher Time, coming out in early May on RidingEasy Records — will also be in the U.K. in April, part of its extensive run opening for Wolfmother all over Europe.)
Leggy returns to the States May 9 and is scheduled to play Newport’s Thompson House on May 10 with L.A. Witch and Cincy’s The Slippery Lips.
More Local Notes
• Cincinnati band Ethicist (which self-describes its sound as “blackened Post Metal”) issued its four-track, 35-minute-long sophomore release II on Bandcamp (ethicist.bandcamp.com) late last year, and a cassette version of the recording is also available. Now, the album is getting a vinyl release through locally based label Phratry Records (a CD version will also be made available by the label). The record will be issued on random colored vinyl, and the packaging includes a lyric book and hand-printed insert. The vinyl version of II will be available beginning Friday and to celebrate, Ethicist is playing Friday at Northside Yacht Club (4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com). The 9 p.m. show also features performances by Cincinnati’s Great Dane and heavy St. Louis-based Post Rock/Post Metal band Staghorn.
• Springtime brings the return of the Cincinnati Zoo’s (3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.com) free annual Tunes & Blooms concert series. The series features two local bands every Thursday throughout April, beginning this week with Americana artists Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle and Honey & Houston. Future Tunes & Blooms shows feature Folk acts Shiny and the Spoon with Jake Speed & the Freddies (April 14); Reggae favorites The Cliftones (April 21); and modern rockers Multimagic with Indie Folk ensemble Young Heirlooms (April 28). Shows run 6-8:30 p.m. each week; the zoo is free on concert evenings beginning at 5 p.m. (There is a $10 fee if you want to use the zoo’s parking lot.) Find more info at cincinnatizoo.org/events/tunes-blooms.
UPDATE: Due to the bad weather, the April 7 Tunes & Blooms kick-off concert is canceled/will be rescheduled.
• Friday, the Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, southgatehouse.com) hosts a showcase of some of the area artists who performed at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis back in January. The SoulFixers and Johnny Fink and the Intrusion (IBC semi-finalists in the band category) perform in the venue’s Sanctuary room, while finalist Sonny Moorman and Dayton, Ohio’s Chris Yakopcic (who both competed in the “solo/duo” category) play the Southgate’s Lounge. Music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 (in advance through ticketfly.com) or $15 at the door.
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