Last week, instead of going to Mexico, like some people I know, I went on a two night road-trip to Cleveland. No, Drew Carey was not running around in the streets with hundreds of disenfranchised office workers. In fact, it seemed like no one was there. Anywhere. At all.
But that’s besides the point. In between checking out local record stores and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (they have the actual bass from the cover of London Calling!) (Zack’s Note: Ryan has a hard-on for the Clash), I got a chance to check out a show at a local venue, The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern.
At first glance, I thought I was going to be one out of, let’s say, ten people there for the show, but it filled up pretty nicely, and I was pleasantly surprised by the two bands that played. First up was Jakarta (spelling?). To be honest, I haven’t been able to find any information about them, even though they apparently have a myspace account, but their mid-tempo melodic style, when combined with their feminine voices (both the bass and guitar were women), produced a really great sound.
The second band, Harlem Airshaft, who do actually have a myspace, caught my attention even more. With slightly growly vocals, a simple yet effective layering of two guitars, and a solid drum section, their faster sounds appealed more to my taste. Check both of these bands out and help them spread out of Cleveland!
I wish I could find mp3’s for you to download, but alas, unlike EVERYONE ELSE ON THIS GODDAMN BLOG (Love, Zack) I can’t find songs to bands I do writeups about. You can listen to Harlem Airshaft on their myspace HERE, and I’ll keep an eye out for any Jakarta tracks. If you have any please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.
(Note: Ryan isn’t a basketball fan, but the picture of LeBron James was added to give this post some extra pizzazz. And also because King James is the only thing in Cleveland. Literally.)