Follow Up : The Harlequins/Vice Magazine Party

The Harlequins play MOTR Pub

Back in July, Indie Face covered the Vitamin Water/Vice Magazine shindig at MOTR Pub featuring Cincinnati band The Harlequins.  The event was filmed and is now the latest episode of Uncapped, a fabulous new web series sponsored the Vitamin Water brand.  The video features footage from the show as well as interviews from the band.  Watch the episode here.



The Dukes Are Dead : Fountain Square Cincinnati : August 12

Ding dong.  The Dukes are Dead.

After being threatened with legal action by the douche bags at Warner Bros., favorite Cincinnati up-and-comers The Dukes have been forced to reinvent themselves.  Though the original Dukes were short lived (1978-1979) and imploded after the overdose of one of their members, our Dukes keep moving forward undaunted and have hyped their name change for weeks leading up to their performance last night as part of the MPMF Indie Music Series.

However, despite the buildup of the name change, the announcement itself was a bit of a letdown – not much more than the new t-shirts being unrolled at the merch table.  If they said something from on stage, it was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.  Their new name however, is a good one.  “The Dukes are Dead” still keeps the classic rock vibe of their original name, but adds a big middle finger to the haters [Warner?]  It is more Dukes than The Dukes.

But no matter what a band wants to call themselves, the only thing that counts for anything is how they can play.  And these boys can play.  One of the stand out acts at this year’s Punk Fest at the Southgate House, I always look forward to hearing them play.  Expectations are high, but they conquered the massive stage at Southgate’s ballroom without even blinking so I was eager to see how they’d fare on a large, outdoor stage.

The Dukes may be dead, but they are proving to be unstoppable.  No matter what variables are thrown at them, they steam forward like a freight train of hard, gritty, mustachioed rock and roll.  Though the set did not include any of the antics that the band are famous for [maybe because there were no real rafters to hang from] it was certainly solid.  Luke Darling and Lucas Frazier took turns turns fronting the hard blues machine while bassist Randy Proctor proved he is the funkiest ginger in all of Hazzard County.  David Reid seems almost zen-like behind the drums compared to the rest of the band, but his hard driving rhythms act as the heartbeat to the howling blues guitars the rest of the band lays down.  Together they mix to create the filthy blues-rock sound that just makes you want to get sweaty.  In a really good way.

This inevitably will be only one of many snags this growing band will face over time, however if they face every challenge with as much good humor and enthusiasm as this one they should age like a fine scotch.  And if they continue to put on performances like this one, they’ll be around for a long time.  The Dukes are dead, and everything is as it should be.

by Adrienne Panveno

Songs of Summer Series – The Seedy Seeds

#5  Verb Noun – The Seedy Seeds

The darlings [no pun intended] of the Cincinnati music scene, The Seedy Seeds are the very ultimate in feel good music.  Using electronic beats to back traditional folk instruments they create a sound that is truly their own, resulting in what has been dubbed “Appalachitronica”.  Their latest release Verb Noun keeps everything that makes them so great – sing-along lyrics and fun musical arrangements- but spotlights their continued growth as a band.  Their sound is more mature, and the songs are a bit dreamy while still keeping a beat you can tap your toe to.  The title song and accompanying video portray one of the best parts of Summer – hanging out and doing silly shit with your friends- which makes it the final installment of our Songs of Summer Series.

Songs of Summer Series – The Harlequins

With the sweltering heat of Summer in full swing, our tastes tend to shift to music that invokes feelings of days by the pool, cooking out with friends, and steamy Summer nights.  Indie Face kicks off with a sampling of  five songs to start the perfect Summer playlist:

#1  Midwest Coast – The Harlequins

One of the hardest working bands in the Cincinnati scene, the Harlequins are setting themselves up to be one of the great bands of Summer.  Their single “Midwest Coast” could be the anthem behind all sorts of Summer shenanigans, with its psychedelic surf vibe and gritty guitar chords.  Though this video was released back in January, when they rocked this track at a free show at Downtown Cincinnati’s Fountain Square just a few weeks back, the crowd erupted into a huge beach party, complete with flying beach balls.  Even despite the oppressive heat, every single person was moving and dancing and smiling.  It was a great reminder of why we have one of the scenes in the country.  Thank you, boys.