It is with great sadness, and a loud beer belch, that we mourn the loss of Stepsister, long one of Cleveland's finest, most remorseless rock bands. They recently disbanded after founder Tom Dark and his brother Scott Eakin quit the group over personality rifts with bassist Tony Erba. In the meantime, Erba and guitarists Aaron Dowell and Attila are hooking up with drummer Steve Callahan (Dirtbag, the Plan) and an unnamed frontperson for a new outfit that will debut in December. Says Erba: "If you thought the band was dirty and greasy and bombastic before, get the fuck ready for this shit."
Steadily rising metallers Biastfear, who topped a recent showcase at the Odeon, have landed a spot in the upcoming film Dead Planet. For more info on the project, visit the Head 2 Head Productions website at http://www.clevelandfx.com/h2h/.
Two weeks after we reported Bizzy Bone's absence from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the group's members have apparently reconciled their differences and brought Bizzy back. "We got mad at the nigga 'cause he fainted onstage and all that, but it was all good as long as he took care of himself," said Layzie Bone in a recent report on MTV.com. "He went and detoxed himself for a couple weeks. He focused on getting his health back." Now he'd better focus on getting Bone's career back.
Universal has set a release date of November 26 for the major-label debut of local hard hitters Erase the Grey. Expect the EP "27 Days" to be one of Cleveland's biggest releases this fall.
Also wrapping up what is sure to be a hotly anticipated release is the promising young pop-rock outfit Jaded Era, which has completed work on its sophomore disc, Invisible. The album was recorded by Sponge producer Tim Patlin.
Break out of your couch slouch and get the long-awaited D.R.I. tribute disc featuring locals Victory Flag and Sappy Bell, among other national acts. It's finally available at www.maltsoda.com.
Long-running Cleveland electro-rockers State of Being recently scored a perfect five-out-of-five review for their latest album in the industrial bible Outburn. This, after we panned the disc earlier in the year. Perhaps it was us who got burned.
Also getting good press of late is soul singer Conya Doss. Since garnering a three-star review in USA Today, Conya will be seen in such ritzy rags as Vibe, Blender, Ebony, Pulse, and, uh, Black Celebrity Hair Magazine in upcoming months.