Basement Shows – Indie Rock

 
Today’s a wonderfully chilling morning and that excites me for tonight. As a band, we’ve been spending most of our time preparing for our next record, writing material for the next next record and honestly just spending a lot of time together. In the last few months, Corey got married, Chris & Lisa bought a house and Tyler cut off his rat tail. A lot of incredible changes in our lives have been happening and if anything, it’s made us as musicians stronger. We’ve always felt that the music comes out of our friendship, not the other way around. Accordingly, the last few months of us growing together has been come out in the music we play together in the small ex-children’s bible study room that serves as our practice space.

So tonight, in a big basement with low ceilings in Anderson Township, the east-side where most artists abandon to go to Clifton after high school (but come back at 26), we’re playing a show.

Indie Rock Bands - TNSSA close, loud show for us to share the music that’s been brewing in us over the last year. And thankfully there’ll be a cool evening for all the steaming bodies to cool off in between songs and after it’s all over.

Long live indie rock.

– Corey

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Backflips – Great Young Hunters – Indie Rock

A lot, as always, has been going in the lives of The Never Setting Suns.

To start things off, here’s an awesome video we made of us jumping off cliffs at Red River Gorge. We spent labor day weekend their with a larger group of like minded friends and this is what we spent a good amount of our time doing.

If you noticed in the video, there’s a snippet of a new song off our album! This song has a name, it’s called “Meet Me There” and it might be the “single” or whatever you want to call it that we release before the album. Who knows. Either way, this past week, we completely finished mixing the album. YEAH! So, what’s next is mastering, then pressing, then releasing, then laughing, then crying, then Dixie Chili.

Now, this week’s slug from the slew of indie rock bands that we love are Great Young Hunters.

Great Young Hunters are great friends of ours. Somewhere along the lines of the two years ago, I traded a BYOC Tone Bender II fuzz pedal for two guitars that needed a lot of love (a Japanese electric from the 60’s and a German acoustic from the 70’s) with a guy named Nick down in Clifton. Fast forward a few months and I’m in a class at the University of Cincinnati meeting a guy named David Coombs for the first time. The thing about my Integrated-Science-Secondary-Education-with-a-concentration-in-Physics degree is that there were (well, are until this winter when we graduate) only two other people in my major, one of those two being David. Two years into the program, we actually meet for the first time and we figure out that we both play guitar in bands and he’s playing in a band called Great Young Hunters, with a guy named Nick, who I happened to trade a boutique pedal to a few months earlier. The stars aligned and band-love ensued. We’ve played a handful of shows with these guys and they are absolutely incredible musicians. Real indie rockers. Here’s a song from them.

Think Radiohead meets Cavesingers. Kings of tone of tone with abrasively sweet vocals. Nick & Dave play the guitars and they’re both gearheads, giving their sound that incredible wall fuzz feel only a Jazzmaster through a Ram’s Head Big Muff (that’s right, Nick has a Ram’s Head!) could provide. Sadly, however, they’re going on indefinite hiatus as of their last show which happened this past Friday. I wanted to get this post out not too long after the end to at least bring a little memorial to these great guys. You can still get a hold of their album Civil Twilight on their Bandcamp account though, so feel free to pick up a piece of Cincinnati rock history. What I loved most about these guys was their love for the creative spark and rock & roll. They were great guys who wrote songs that they would want to hear. They loved their songs and they loved to play their songs. That’s what makes a great indie rock band. I hope they’ll be remembered for that.

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New Album – Indie Hair Cut – Starfox

It’s high time we start updating this blog, if you ask me.

A lot of people have been asking us lately about how our album is coming. A lot of people have also been asking about the video of Tyler Griffin’s rat tail getting cut off. So, in response to the inquiries, I decided to satisfy everybody’s needs in one video. Here it is, on the youtube, in HD.

If you didn’t notice, the new song is in the background of the video. We hope you like it. As for the album, we’re almost there! Still have mastering, pressing and a few emails to send out but we’re close. Expect updates and previews over the next few months  :)

On another note, we’ve felt pretty ashamed lately for not sharing more about different artists and groups that we love through this website. So, we’ve decided to start mention more local artists and friends in our blog posts.

Today’s is an awesome band called Starfox. Their a bunch of weirdo-awesome intensity builders that have been dominating Cincinnati the past year. We’ve never really had the opportunity to get to know these guys very well but that hasn’t stopped us from stalking their facebook/soundcloud accounts and enjoying both of their awesome EPs (and some demos too). I am personally moved by their frantic use of delay and fenders. Sadly, however, it seems that this band is going on indefinite hiatus for a while. On a hopeful note though, it appears that at least a few of these guys will be continuing their indie-endeavors in Cincinnati! So, be on the look out for their next project, show Starfox some love while you still can (they have one more show I believe) and pray that what comes next is a Smashing Pumpkins/Silversun Pickups influenced powerhouse.

Here’s a sound cloud:

Trans-Atlantic (new) by Starfox (band)

Here’s there Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/starfoxband

Thanks for reading guys, be our friends, leave us comments, ask us questions …

– Corey

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New Website, New Blog

 

That’s right, here’s our brand spanking new website! Should be up an running like a champ soon. This is my (Corey)’s first website design so hopefully it turns out alright! Here’s a funny picture of us at scallywag tag:

 

 

 

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For Anyone Wild About Modest Mouse

Just thought that I would post this for any of our friends who are avid Modest Mouse enthusiasts. In the last year or so, three unreleased ‘albums’ have surface of Modest Mouse. The first being a cassette tape from 1993 entitled Tube Fruit, All Smiles and Chocolate which apparently was their first ever release (only 100 copies made). Then recently Isaac Brock mailed out copies of some really old cassette recordings to close friends and called it Uncle Bunny Face. The third is less of an album and more a of cool thing (Sonic Youth pun intended). The third is apparently just a copy of demos that Eric Judy (bass player of Modest Mouse) gave to Chris Early (former bassist of Band of Horses).

I thought this was noteworthy sooooo …. here’s a link for you to download them:
And here’s a song from the Chris Early demos that I am loving right now:
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New Updates

Hey Girlos and Boyos,

It has bee a little while now since we have updates our blog, we do apologize for that, I know many of you have been clicking refresh since our last post about the Toadies – to you, our biggest sympathy, you may now get on with the rest of your life.

I just want to take a minute and update anyone who is interested with the happenings of the “Suns.” This past week was spent at the Monastery Studio in Clifton. A truly adventurous, fun, and exhausting week for the 3 of us. I am sure all of us are really excited and satisfied with the work that we did, however, there is still more to be done. But, the longest and most time consuming parts of recording are all out of the way.

Going to the studio is always eye opening to me when I begin observing my two band mates. And to be up front – these are a couple of the closest people in my life. A lot the times, when the 3 of us are at a common area with other friends, family, co-workers, etc, we find ourselves naturally drawing towards each other. Its funny, I can think of several moments in particular, even at my own wedding, there were several times where one of us would look around and laugh because we had found ourselves hanging out exclusively. But, there is a side to each of them spiritually, emotionally and artistically that not everyone gets to see. In practice and playing shows, some of this comes out and its amazing to watch, but another side is uncovered when we are in the studio. Each one of their work ethics is shown. There were two days this week that I wasnt able to get to the studio, due to a sickness, but Tyler and Corey pressed on, putting together the skeletons of the songs, so upon arrival, I could just jump in.

This album will consist of mixture of songs we have been working since we wrote our first album, songs that have been slowly written through the course of practicing and playing shows, and several heart wrenching, foot stomping, head banging songs from the grab-bag of Corey’s past. Some people have asked me how this album will sound. Its hard to describe really, especially to not give too much away just yet. The only thing I can do is compare it to previous albums. All I can really say is that we really wanted to capture the intensity and boldness of a live show – easier said than done. Also, I would say there is some different song structure compared to previous material, not so much the plane jane song, but much more intricate infused with melodies turning into an abrupt explosion of chaos.

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we are excited to release it TBD and thank you for your continued support and words of encouragement.

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The Toadies

So, in case you weren’t aware, we’ve been given an incredible opportunity to play with the Toadies!

We’re terribly excited. The last time the Toadies came was about two years ago at Bogarts which was an amazing show that many of our friends went to. Now we’ll be sharing the stage a the Mad Hatter with them.
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Neil Young

Just a simple post in honor of a complex man. “Has your band begun to rust?” One of the more basic concepts that I personally treasure in regards to art is that statement by Neil Young. The idea that the artist can rust, fall into irrelevance or become static. I liken the idea to the creative spark within a person that beckons them to create. A spark that can be fanned into a flame or conversely dwindle out. Neil Young has done quite a job at fighting off the rust. Here is in 1996:

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A few months ago we played a farewell show for a good friend of ours, Joel Swanson. He filmed and edited a lot of the footage. The second half of Spheres was unusually out of tune and emotional so I thought I would post it for more people to see. Many many many thank yous to Joel for being such a good friend.

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Lyrics

Here are the lyrics from our first album, And Now We’re Not Alone :)

Made of Hearts & Four Leaf Clovers

I’m climbing up the cupboards
For some wine to discover
But your hands are holding me
From all the harm that I can’t see

Why don’t we all keel over
If we’re made of hearts and four leaf clovers
Bought me for all I’m worth
And still you’ll heal all of my hurt

Stupid Girl, Crazy Horse

I must be trustworthy over the phone
When you see me all I seem to receive is a dial tone
You’re such a stupid girl and I’m a crazy horse
No reason in this world for you ignore

You’re right, I’m wrong all about you again
You’re mind can’t decide whether I’m still a friend
You’re such a stupid girl and I’m a crazy horse
No reason in this world for you ignore

You’re such a stupid girl and I’m a crazy horse
No reason in this world for you ignore
You’re such a stupid girl and I’m a crazy horse
No reason in this world for you ignore

Explosions in the Sky

I’m sitting on the edge of what I one day will acquire
I’m looking out as if to shout that all this will expire
O how my heart does fall apart inside of this consuming fire

I was sitting in my room when you renewed my mind
So why then do I pretend that your daughter is mine?
O how this omnipresence effervesces up into my spine

Tonight all my dreams align
Exploding in the sky
Colliding with my eye, Oh I…
But I’m terrified of flight
Of falling from on high
Of what it’s like to die, Oh I…

I’m looking for the honest love and reproof of a friend
So I’m walking through this crowded room into a sea of men
But none of ‘em know what I’ve done, who I am or where I have been

Holding onto us must feel like holding onto knives
We’re sorry for playing the whore for living double lives
Like lovers in the suburbs under cover as their husbands wives

Tonight all my dreams align
Exploding in the sky
Colliding with my eye, Oh I…
But I’m terrified of flight
Of falling from on high
Of what it’s like to die, Oh I…

Chasing Ghosts

I’m just lying on the carpet
Pretending that I’m just a carcass
A silly game, yeah I know
But all day, I’ve been chasing a ghost

We’re chasing ghosts…

My soul, or whatever it is
Is it getting cold from all of this
A dream in a dream led me to the coast
And at the end I was chasing a ghost

We’re chasing ghosts…

Spheres

My old man, welling up tonight
Cold calm cues to win this fight
Hiding out at your back door
Will we die after one more?

I don’t ever want to do that again
I don’t ever want to do that again
I can’t believe that I did again
I can’t believe that I did …

You don’t speak as I sneak out
Meek blood leaks as I freak out
The day is coming, the day has come
When all my apathy will be undone

And I will never have to do that again
And I will never have to do that again
And I will never ever do that again
And I will never ever do …

Who will save me from this body of death?

Into Your Hands

Turn out the lights and fall to the earth
Thrown like a stone to fall to the dirt
And if this cup can pass, take it away
But what you ask let it be as you say

Move in me like fire and if it must be, let it be done
Men I call friends, why are you asleep?

The weight of my soul’s beginning to tear
A heart in the grass with hands in the air
And if this cannot pass, I will drink death
Pour out your anger, drown out my breath

Move in me like fire and if it must be let it be done
Men I call friends, why are you asleep?

Soaked in the ground I’ve soaked in before
Soaked in this sound an old song of yours
And if this cannot pass, I will drink death
Pour out your anger, drown out my breath

Move in me like fire and if it must be let it be done
Would you betray me with a kiss?

Why can’t I hear noise, why can’t I hear noise?
Why can’t I hear noise, why can’t I hear noise?

Live by the sword and by you’ll die
Am I robber that you’ve come to find

You a mere man claim to be God.
You a mere man claim to be God.
You claim to be God.

What the Earth Can’t Hold

The mother of a friend was there with her eyes
The live among the dead they said she’ll never find
Seven miles from the holy land,
Didn’t know who was holding our hands

Lock the doors or we’re all going to die
How did this man come inside?
No ghost has ever had bones
My hand on your scar now I know

There is no one in here to find

Even Though

Even though I went home and I turned from the plow
Even though I let go and I started to drown
Even though I said no when she asked me about
Even though there were crows from the birds all around

Even though I’m here
Where you found me before
You still turn to my ear
And you ask me once more

Do you love me, do you love me, do you love me?
Do you love me, do you love me, do you love me?
Do you love me, do you love me, do you love me?
God you know I do.

Wrapped in Plaster

I can see that all of these old sounds are starting to turn
And I can see that all of these old towns are starting to burn

Wrapped in plaster
Beating faster
I’m the master
Of my dying heart
In plaster
Beating faster
I’m the master
Of my dying heart

But not in my new heart I won’t fall apart ever again
In my new heart I won’t fall apart ever again
In my new heart I won’t fall apart ever again
In my new heart I won’t fall apart…

From far away I hear the love of fathers and their sons
The sky is screaming, brooks are teaming gladness from their tounges

Wrapped in plaster
Beating faster
I’m the master
Of my dying heart
In plaster
Beating faster
I’m the master
Of my dying heart

But not in my new heart I won’t fall apart ever again
In my new heart I won’t fall apart ever again
In my new heart I won’t fall apart ever again
In my new heart I won’t fall apart…

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