Defiance, Ohio

If you don’t mind, I’d like for us to move away from the typical range of music we tend to focus on and move into something a little less popular (OH NOES! MY CRED). That is right, instead of reading me meander on and on about generic punk or indie rock we are going to dive into the world of folksy/old time rock/blues/that stuff. Right on! In particular I wanted to talk about Defiance, Ohio. No it’s not actually a place, it’s the name of the band. How cool is that?
Defiance, Ohio hails from the Midwest and is pretty much a real nice breath of fresh air in the typical music I listen to. Gone are the cutting electric guitars and over driven drums. Instead, welcome acoustic guitars, a stand-up bass, a violin, a cello, and a relaxing feeling. They make for your perfect lazy afternoon music and have essentially become my new favorite band for the start of the summer. Nothing really beats sitting outside listening to a band where the most intense sound you hear is a harmonica or violin solo and you know it.

Of course there are some draw backs to their music as well. Some times the vocals are less than ideal, and every other one of their songs is a semi-political anthem but even all of this is bearable. But on the plus side, even if the vocals are kind of bad and political they still sound great. I mean how cute/cool is the line “so please the next time your smashing the state don’t go breaking my heart”? What’s more, while it is clear that the men and women of Defiance, Ohio do have a clear liberal stance but they are pretty clever about the way they address their feelings and add their own personal insight into their politics. Look, I’m just recommending you check them out just because every now and then you need to hear something new and different that rocks.

Defiance, Ohio – I Don’t Want Solidarity If It Means Holding Hands With You
Defiance, Ohio – Oh, Susquehanna!
Defiance, Ohio – Calling Old Friends



11 Responses to Defiance, Ohio

  1. The Vandal says:

    Good stuff– glad to see the posts coming around– by the way– off topic i know– but if you had to choose– what Q and Not U album would you guys recommend for novice listeners?

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is my favorite band, ever.

  3. Alex says:

    If you are a novice listener I recommend you find a friend who really likes Q and Not U and have them burn you their best songs. I enjoy the band and yet do not really like any of their CDs all the way through.

  4. edan says:

    no kill no beep beep, no question about it, thier best record

  5. earl grey says:

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  6. earl grey says:

    this is good stuff, thanks for passing it along.

    i also read your streetlight manifesto post from months back, and agree with you about the re-recording of keasbey nights… i was pretty disappointed that it basically sounded the same.

    if you haven’t heard them already, you can wet your kalnoky-appetite with bandits of the acoustic revolution: a mix between streetlight and the acousticness of bands like defiance, ohio. you can dl their ep at

    then click on ‘old site’

    fucking great stuff.

  7. mjrc says:

    fyi, there really is a town called Defiance, Ohio.

  8. Alex says:

    1) That town wins the Alex Houstoun award of coolest named place in Ohio.

    2) I know about the Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution, but to the best of my knowledge they haven’t produced anything in a few years.

  9. Eric says:

    I really enjoy these songs.

  10. Anonymous says:

    i like them.

  11. Anonymous says:

    i live in defiance, ohio

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