Liquid Fire, a local five-piece that mixes Metal and Hard Rock influences into their boot-stomping Country mix (they are nominated in the County category for this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards), releases its first full-length CD this weekend. The band found a fan in Country music star John Michael Montgomery and the disc (which follows last year's Open Road EP) is marked by many of Montgomery's associates. The album is being released through Ohana Music and it was produced by Kirk Willie (Montgomery's live sound engineer) and Kimo Forrest (Montgomery's lead guitarist), both of whom run Ohana. The album also features guests like Heath Wright (Ricochet's frontman and guitarist) and Montgomery's touring fiddler, Steve Stokes. The album's first single, "Crank It Up," is being pushed to radio nationwide and they are currently working out a broader distribution deal for the disc. Early next year, the band kicks off a tour in support of the album, but this Saturday they are giving hometown fans a taste of the new stuff with a CD release party at Trifecta Sports Bar and Grill in Florence, Ky. (lfire.com) · Local Pop/Punk band Bottom Line announced their signing to Maverick Records last year. The band recorded an album earlier this year with producer John Feldmann, but label realignment (an all-too-common story today that has killed many bands) left the band without a label to put it out on. The group hasn't slowed down though; they've toured twice opening for Feldmann's Goldfinger and once with Reel Big Fish, amidst other smaller treks. As if things weren't going bad enough with Maverick, the group suffered yet another all-too-common fate.
While in Atlanta this summer, the band's van, trailer and all of their equipment were stolen. They dropped off the tour they were on (with Virgin Records' The Summer Obsession) and came back to Cincy, playing acoustic shows just to make the money to replace their gear. This Thursday at the Poison Room, the ever-resilient Bottom Line plays its first "real" show in town since the unfortunate incident in Atlanta. The band has been looking for a new label home (they've also kept busy recording demos of new material) and, at Thursday's show, several industry folks will be on hand to check the band out. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is all-ages; admission is $5. Also performing: Landen Falls and Persephanie. (wearebottomline.com)
· In 1999, The Flaming Lips — before they were big enough to pack Riverbend-sized sheds — released their new-direction album, The Soft Bulletin, and launched the "Music Against Brain Degeneration Revue," a tour that featured acts like Sebadoh, Sonic Boom and Robyn Hitchcock. At the group's sparsely-attended Bogart's show (as on the rest of the tour), audience members were loaned small headphones and an FM receiver and instructed to tune into a specific frequency, which broadcast the performances in high-quality sound. It was yet another novel idea from a band always looking for new ways to present music. But, for the most part, it failed, due to technical complications and bad reception (I remember going, "I think I hear something"). This Friday, a local musician is presenting a similar concert, though in a much more controlled atmosphere (meaning it will likely sound a billion times better). And the musician is someone who knows a thing or two about sonics: Ric Hordinski, who has been nominated for a Grammy for his deft production skills. Hordinski (co-founder and former guitarist for Over the Rhine) is hosting an "experimental concert" at his new, 6,000-square-foot recording facility, The Monastery Recording Studio (2601 Stanton Ave., Walnut Hills), located in a former church. Because he felt frustrated by the typical sound of a live concert, Hordinski is asking audience members to bring headphones and a Walkman-like radio with an FM transmitter (a very limited number will be available that show) so they can hear the intricacies of the music performed on high-end gear. The show — which will also feature longtime Hordinski co-horts Josh Seurkamp (drums) and Tony Moore (bass) — begins at 7:30 p.m. For further details (including info on where to buy a cheap set of headphones!), go to richordinski.com.
· Brad Schnittger of the local Indie trio The Sundresses is putting together a monthly showcase through his The ANP (All Night Party) Cincinnati, a "company/agency/political party" which he also used as the springboard for an abandoned run for mayor of Cincinnati last year. The first showcase takes place at the Courtyard Café this Friday and features solo performances from Schnittger, Austin Brown (of the Staggering Statistics), Bill Alletzhauser (of The Hiders and Ruby Vileos) and Matt Shelton of Me or the Moon. Admission is free. (thesundresses.com)
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