Corpus vocalist Dave Sequoia takes offense at anyone who suggests that his singing amounts to little more than shredding his vocal cords at the very highest decibels. His group and four other Ohio punk and hard-rock bands will prove there's something to be said for all that shredding at tonight's A Night of Shouting Back concert. "Most people think punk music is just shouting," says Sequoia. "So we were thinking about guys like Bad Religion, who probably have some of the most complex harmonies out there. We thought, What could we put together to shout back [in protest]?"
For starters, Sequoia fired off a letter to local punk group Höstile Ömish, which readily took up his offer to headline the show. "These guys tour a lot, and I just wrote and said, If you've got an open date, we'll make it happen," says Sequoia. "They were totally behind it."
Sequoia also enlisted the help of ska vets Poor Boy Music from Detroit, the year-old Lakewood quartet Smiley Baldazar, and the Cleveland duo Donnie Dim & Sparkle Magic, which accents its acoustic punk sets with a puppet show and candy-bar giveaway. "It's like a punk Romper Room for adults, [complete] with silly string and craziness," says Sequoia. "It's shock and awe through glitter and candy."
By the end of the show, Sequoia bets that the naysayers will have "given the music a shot. If a lot of people heard it, I don't think they'd know they were listening to punk music," he says. "And it's a shame that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sits right down the street, and there's all these local bands that are different, yet everybody's still paying their $50 to see U2. Our show definitely has that garage-rock feel to it and enough metal to satisfy the discerning Motörheads."
Sat., Jan. 21, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.