Meet the Band: BillMike (vocals and instruments), Shakk Erman (bass and vocals), and Jay Kuebler (drums).
... And Then There Were Three? BillMike and Kuebler started playing together in 2010. Erman joined last spring. It doesn't stop there. "Sometimes other people will learn a couple of our songs and accompany us live," says BillMike.
Raise a Glass, Y'all!
These Clevelanders meddle in the forgotten music of the South, playing turn-of-the-20th-century gospel, jazz, and blues with some heavy rock accents. BillMike calls it "The Pagans playing Tom Waits."
The Only Thing Digital Is the Download: The Forgotten Souls of Antiquity record all of their songs — including everything found on their self-titled debut album, which is available as a free download on their website — on half-broken tape machines and an outdated computer. They give the tracks a gritty quality that complements the solid southern-roots elements of their originals and covers.
Why You Should Hear Them:
The band tears through the 10 songs on their album like their beers are getting warm at the bar, tossing off killer riffs in cuts like "Price of Wine" and "Ten Year Hangover." Plus, they have a song called "No Surf in Cleveland," which has nothing to do with the Euclid Beach Band's '70s favorite.
Where You Can Hear Them: forgottensouls.bandcamp.com.
— Courtney Kerrigan