For years, 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement has been a valuable outlet for aspiring musicians. After the closing of Bourbon Street, the program was moved to Baltimore Sound Stage and has now found its new home at the Ottobar. Hosted by 98 Rock’s very own Matt Davis every Monday night, the event offers a variety of genres from week to week. Bands interview and get airplay on Davis’ Sunday night radio show and then play live at the club the following night.
“[There will be] a mixed-genre show this week: rock/indie/experimental in the first half, and then punk for the second half” –Matt Davis.
Monday night’s acts include Soulful Aggression, Pompeii Graffiti, The Street Parade, and PAIN!
No stranger to the Ottobar is Soulful Aggression, a band that aptly describes themselves as “a punk, grunge, metal band playing soulfully aggressive music.” This punk trio is made up of Dar Stellabotta (guitar/vocals), Sean Sweeney (bass/backup vocals), and Dave O’Daly (drums). With a sound reminiscent of Babes in Toyland, Soulful Aggression’s scratchy vocals and fast-paced rhythms give the band a sound that is lucidly grunge, passionately punk, and positively in-your-face! Monday’s show marks the CD release of their EP Destroy!Destroy!Destroy! Visit their website for a free download! http://soulfulaggression.com/fr_home.cfm
Bringing a different kind of noise to the basement on Monday is Pompeii Graffiti, an eclectic Indie Rock band from Annapolis, Maryland. Members include Ahren Buchheister (guitar/vocals), Thom Beall (guitar/vocals), Robin Eckman (drums), Aaron Lahey (bass), and Cara Santin (keys/vocals/melodica/glockenspiel); violinists, trumpet players, and cellists are also a common element to their performances. Very resonant of front-man Jesse Lacey of Brand New, Buchheister provides vocals textbook of Indie Rock. Though he shares the same vocal styling’s as Lacey, the band is anything but “emo”; Pompeii Graffiti’s boldness to play with and poke-fun of different genres, such as pop punk and “faux-hip hop”, separate them from the countless other Indie Rock bands that seem to pop-up every year. “We have a couple new songs for this show that stretch our style quite a bit”, comments Buchheister in regards to their set list for the upcoming show.
Pompeii Graffiti released their first full length album, Five Minutes to Midnight in June 2011. The album is available through Bandcamp.com, CDbaby.com and Itunes. They are currently working on their second full length album, Phantom Power.
The Street Parade
Also performing on Monday night is Charm City’s very own: The Street Parade. Made up of Ryan Riot (lead vocals/guitar), Christian Ries (bass/vocals), and Eric Erdman (drums), the band offers a sound that is leans towards pop-punk side of the Punk Rock genre rather than Anarcho or Hardcore Punk. In other words, they are more like Rancid than Black Flag. In any event, The Street Parade will be sure to have you on your feet, dancing and singing to their upbeat tempos and catchy lyrics.
Returning to the Ottobar for the first time in nearly a year is PAIN!, a horror punk/metal band whose mission is to bring proud American rock to all. Known for their whole-hearted performances and musical know-how, this quintet of chaos is consistent in their ability to thrill their fans while simultaneously recruiting new ones. Members include Timmy Pain (vocals), Baron Von Pain (bass), Nekro Pain (drums), Reverend Pain (guitar), and their newest edition, Draco Pain (rhythm guitar). For Monday’s show, the band plans on playing mostly all new material off of their upcoming CD which will be released early this summer; “It’s more high energy horror punk with a little metal mixed in,” comments front-man Timmy Pain. The cover for the new CD will be done by the same artist that does The Cramps artwork.
On the eve of Monday night’s show, PAIN! will be interviewed on 98 Rock’s Sunday night radio show between 9-10 pm. The group plans on discussing their upcoming CD and playing its first track, “Don’t Walk on My Grave”. “The song is a horror based song, but like most of the stuff I write, it is about relationships,” explains Timmy Pain, “It is about when someone comes back into your life and it just messes things up.”
PAIN! is giving away free tickets to fans so visit them at www.facebook.com/paintheband and get them before they’re gone! The PAIN! merch-table will feature t-shirts, their first CD, stickers, buttons, patches, guitar picks, new sweatshirts and girl’s tank tops, and tickets to their upcoming show with the CRO-MAGS on March 8th at Cafe 611 as well as tickets to their show with ORGY at Empire on March 17th