While the music that has originated out of Ohio runs the gamut between, say, the funk created by the Ohio Players, the pop country of Rascal Flatts and the avant jazz of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, if there is one musical tradition that has consistently characterized the Buckeye State, it is the strains of lo-fi noise emanating from its metropolises since the early ’70s. As such, tonight’s bill at the Cake Shop seems very representative of the Ohio music scene, with three bands of varied experience sharing a bill with a couple locals.
Sex Tide are the rookies on the bill, but though the Columbus band has been together for just over a year, they have an experienced veteran in guitarist Chris Corbin, who has played with Geraldine and the Dropdead Sons. The band recently released their debut album, Flash Fuck, a mix of white-heated distortion, primitive rhythms, and touches of Appalachian twang that has long epitomized the Capital City. To these ears, it sounds like home.
Also hailing from Columbus are the Guinea Worms, a band who has been slithering around in one form or another for more than a decade. Led by Will Foster, the band has amassed an impressive catalog (much of it on self-released CDRs) that’s as wonderful for its diversity as for the off-kilter hooks and vitriolic cacophonies that punctuate it.
Rounding out the Ohio contingent is Obnox, the solo project of Bim Thomas (also of Bassholes, This Moment in Black History, and Puffy Aereolas), that live is fleshed out as a two-piece with drummer Elijah Vazquez. Bim has been releasing records at a rapid pace, blending elements of psych and spastic punk as he lays down originals and deconstructs songs by the Cheater Slicks and even his own Bassholes.
The Ohioans will be joined by Curtain and the Doors, a collaboration between Robert McNeill of the Country Teasers and visual artist Lucy McKenzie, as well as Richard Papiercuts. Check out the tracks below for a taste of what to expect.