Music » Band of the Week

The Stagedoor Johnnies

Scenes From the Town (www.stagedoorjohnnies.com)

by

comment
74463.0.jpeg
Only once in a generation do two guys making Muppet noises over button-box music make it from open-mic night to the airwaves. And They Might Be Giants are still pretty big. Cleveland's Stagedoor Johnnies are making some inroads, though.

The Johnnies -- guitarist Jef Etters and drummer Aaron McBride -- write and perform with comedy troupe Last Call Cleveland. This side project opened for Jim Breuer's comedy/rock set at the Phantasy Theatre in time to announce this debut album. It sounds as if it were recorded on a boombox, but it's good for a few gits and shiggles. Lines like "Dead/Dead/Dead/ I'm glad I'm alive" (from "I'm Glad I'm Alive") are clever enough that their warbly delivery undercuts their wit. As skilled comedic performers, the Johnnies should know not to tell the joke twice. But they're still pretty funny.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.