God Bless Us…

Ohio bands deliver badass tunes for everyone!

By Tim Anderl

When the editors at Dayton City Paper requested that I review some albums for this issue, inclusion of my input was contingent on including a review of a release by an Ohio band.  “Bah humbug,” I thought.  Why would this squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner ever consider being charitable to bands from my home state?

But when I turned in that evening, I was visited by three spirits: Worship This!’s Jeremy “Rozco” Provchy, the ghost of Ohio releases past; Belle Histoire’s Jane Smith, the ghost of Ohio releases present; and Rad Company’s Josh Goldman, the ghost of Ohio releases yet to come.  Armed with their bands’ latest (and forthcoming output), I came to a change of heart.  So here’s a little taste from my dalliance with the spirit world sure to renew your sense of merriment and wonder for the music Ohio bands have to offer this year.

The ghost of Ohio releases past:

Worship This! (Cleveland, Ohio)

The Nard Years 7”, Messy Life, January 21

When did you begin writing the material for Nard Years?

We started pretty much after we recorded our demo in January 2011. (Jeremy “Rozco” Provchy)

Is there an overarching concept behind Nard Years that ties the record together?

Being a 7”, we didn’t really conceptualize anything. The title, The Nard Years is named after my dog, Nard Dog, which we got at the same time we started writing this batch of songs. I can’t speak for Josh, but “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” and “Rest In Piss, Buju,” in my opinion, speak in terms of getting over the insecurities we have in adult life. We watch all of our friends that we’ve grown up with move on to elaborate careers and it can definitely have you wondering if you chose the right path in life. At the end of the day, none of us regret playing in bands and touring and writing and working jobs that we can take the time off of to do those things, because the relationships and experiences we build and collect will always surpass any monetary supplement that we’ve chose not to chase. We’ve accepted that we’re not the same as those people and never will be, and we’ll never stop creating things we’re passionate about. (JP)

What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing? Why was it so troublesome?

“Rest In Piss, Buju” was probably the most difficult song. It was originally called “The song we liked, that we didn’t like that we like again.” We definitely arranged the parts quite a few times, but we are happy we put it on the record. (JP) For more info visit: worshipthis.tumblr.com

The ghost of Ohio releases present:

Belle Histoire (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Dreamers, InVogue Records, July 17

When did you begin writing the material for Dreamers?

I collected lyrics from over two years ago and slowly pieced them together for songs with the boys. We really started perfecting the songs towards the end of February 2012. (Jane Smith)

Which of the songs on the record is most different from your original concept for the song?

Definitely “My Dear.” When I wrote the song, it was super jazzy and slow. Then one day I came into the studio and heard what they did with the drums for it. It became a super-upbeat folk song, and I loved it. I owe all my thanks to the boys for that song, I could have never thought of taking it in that direction. (JS)

Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?

We started playing a couple songs from the record on a tour back in May. Almost all the songs from our previous releases were slow and hard to get into live, so we started playing “Don’t Run Away,” and “Kids” live. We were very surprised with how much people liked the new songs as they were so different from our previous material. “Don’t Run Away” was definitely an awesome song to play live, it seemed like everyone loved it! (JS) For more info visit: www.bellehistoiremusic.com

The Ghost of Ohio releases yet to come:

Rad Company (Dayton, Ohio)

Split with Tight Bros., Rad Girlfriend Records, September 2012

When did you begin writing the material for the split?

We have a few records that are in the works so we recorded 6 songs and we are not really sure exactly which ones are going where yet. (Josh Goldman)

Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?

Yes, we actually got Joe Queer from the The Queers to sing a few lines on this one song called “Awkward.”   It’s a 20 second song, but we think it’s pretty cool. (JG)

Who produced the record? What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?

Joe Queer produced the six songs that we recorded.  We recorded with him at his home studio in Atlanta.  We also had a really great engineer that we were working with.  Joe’s input was mainly telling us when something was good enough or not good enough as well as telling us how he thought we should actually record the tracks. He was a pleasure to work with.  (JG) For more info visit: radgirlfriendrecords.bigcartel.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Anderl at TimAnderl@daytoncitypaper.com

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