Second Chance at Eden Launches New EP

Second Chance at Eden has been kicking around the Cincinnati music scene for the past six years. After some shuffling, the band landed on its current lineup, which features original members Josh Donaldson (guitar) and Dan Snow (bass), plus newest members

click to enlarge Elle G of Second Chance at Eden
Elle G of Second Chance at Eden

Local Rock quartet Second Chance at Eden presents a release party for its new EP, Intrascape, this Saturday at Leapin’ Lizard Lounge (726 Main St., Covington). Joining the band are special guests Killer Star Effect and The Red Maja. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and cover is $5. 

Second Chance at Eden has been kicking around the Cincinnati music scene for the past six years. After some shuffling, the band landed on its current lineup, which features original members Josh Donaldson (guitar) and Dan Snow (bass), plus newest members Brandon Miller (drums) and frontwoman Elle G. 

On Intrascape, SCaE proves that the current incarnation of the band is a rock-solid entity capable of making a name for itself not only regionally, but ultimately on the national front.

SCaE’s music is the sound found at the intersection of Classic Rock, Modern Rock and Hard Rock, highlighted by the rhythm section’s strong foundation, Donaldson’s impressive vintage Rock leads and G’s powerful voice, which has an elastic soulfulness similar to Grace Potter’s impressive pipes. 

G’s voice and melodies give the EP a cohesiveness that allows the musicians to craftily mold and shape the sonic backdrop. The track “Sleep” is a standout, a gradually building soundscape that pings along on Snow’s muscular bassline and Miller’s tribal pounding, with G’s emotive and catchy vocals soaring overtop. 

For more on the band (and to sample some tunes) visit 

New Band Alerts!

• The new group DAAP Girls makes its live debut this Friday, opening for The Sights at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. The band consists of members of rockers The Lions Rampant and Ska/Reggae crew The Newport Secret Six. Lions/DAAP Girls member Stuart MacKenzie describes the band as a “dance-oriented mix of early Stones’ guitars, Funk breakbeats, three-part harmonies and Reggae bass.” Friday’s free show kicks off at 10 p.m. 

• Saturday night you can catch the new band from Joshua Hill, talented singer/songwriter from the band Ellison (which broke up four years ago). Hill returns with the darker new band The Grey Academy, which is described as “Interpol hosted a Bloc Party, and the band playing there was The Killers, joined by members of Mutemath.” The four-piece (which has an electronic element via synths and programming) makes its debut appearance this Saturday at Northside Tavern. The free, 10 p.m. show also features local bands Come Here Watson and Pluto Revolts. (

More Local Notes

• This Thursday-Saturday sees the return of the Ohio River Way Paddlefest to Coney Island for three days of fun on and around the Ohio River. Fans of Americana/Roots/Folk music can catch some of the area’s finest on Friday at the event, as WNKU presents the Roots on the River Music Festival. Artists scheduled to appear (5-11:30 p.m.) include Jake Speed & The Freddies, Tex Schramm & the Radio King Cowboys, The Lewis Brothers, Magnolia Mountain and Brown County, Ind., Country Blues faves Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Full details on Paddlefest can be found at 

• Veteran, internationally acclaimed Cincinnati band Over the Rhine will be performing a free concert this summer in Over-the-Rhine (the neighborhood). The group is kicking off a series of “grand opening celebration” concerts this summer at the newly renovated Washington Park. The first big event is Over the Rhine’s July 22 concert at Washington Park’s permanent stage on the new “Civic Lawn.” An opening act will soon be announced.

• The Afghan Whigs have finally announced a homecoming date on their current global reunion jaunt. The band is booked to play Bogart’s in Corryville on Oct. 25. Bogart’s was the site of many great Whigs shows, including their final public performance (before the current reunion dates) on Sept. 25, 1999. A fan pre-sale snatched up many tickets; they go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. through (

• And we leave you this week on a sad note. Great Neo New Wave/Electro Rock group Eat Sugar broke up. Like, months ago. The band decided to end things quietly rather than go the cliché “Farewell Show” route. But the more pressing news is that Cincinnati is losing one of its best drummers (and a popular DJ of late), Greg Poneris. The drummer/DJ is relocating to Berkeley, Calif., at the end of July. Before he goes, he’ll host one more of his traveling Indie Dance nights, Thriller No Filler, on the event’s one-year anniversary, this Saturday at Mayday in Northside. Poneris spins from 10 p.m.-2:10 a.m., and the event is free.


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