- Walter Novak
- Power-metalist Thor, riffing at the Beachland Thursday, August 11.
Molten-sludge power trio Teeth of the Hydra has signed a one-album deal with Tee Pee Records, the gritty N.Y.C. rock label with a catalog featuring the Brian Jonestown Massacre, High on Fire, and Cleveland's Boulder and Red Giant. A familiar presence in the Akron underground, Hydra features drummer Jamie Stillman, currently a partner in the new Audio Eagle Records and drummer in indie rockers Houseguest. Stillman, formerly the guitarist for Kent's Party of Helicopters, has been with Teeth since 2002.
"Jamie just kind of forced himself into the band when our old drummer quit," says singer-guitarist Matt Miner. "He called me up and said, 'I'm your new drummer.' I've known him since he was 15, and he's one of my favorite drummers. He hits the drums hard, and he knows how to make them sound good."
With a sound that's as thick and viscous as bubbling tar, Teeth of the Hydra has been accurately described as "a cross between Celtic Frost and Black Sabbath." With members from Cleveland and Columbus, Teeth has a light gig schedule, but plays shows from Minneapolis to New York City, where it impressed Tee Pee owner Tony Presedo.
"I think their performance is great," says Presedo. "Every guy in the band is great. For a band with brutal vocals, it's really catchy. I think it fits really well with the roots of the label and with some metal and stoner stuff we have planned."
The band plans to record an album for a spring 2006 release. Presedo says the disc will be distributed in the U.S. through Caroline, with likely European distribution through Cargo Records.
middot; If you miss Thursday's Devo concert, you can get all the Devo you need on Saturday, August 20, at the Lime Spider (207 South Main Street, Akron). The all-day Devo convention DEVOtional 2005 will feature merchandise, live bands, and appearances by Devo video producer Chuck Statler, late-era drummer David Kendrick, and original drummer Jim Mothersbaugh.
middot; Groove troubadour Matt Gerovac is leaving town, looking for greener grass in Los Angeles. "Cleveland has some low ceilings, if you want to make music a profession," he says. "You can still get critical acclaim and press, but be unable to pull in crowds consistently." Featuring trumpet player Deyampert Giles, the Matt Gerovac Explosion will play a farewell show Friday, August 19, at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard, Cleveland Heights).
middot; Multiplatinum country artist Neal McCoy will sign copies of his new CD, That's Life, at the Wadsworth Wal-Mart (222 East Smokerise Drive) Thursday, August 25, beginning at 6 p.m.
middot; Victory Records has set an October 18 release date for Justice Replaced by Revenge, the vicious new LP by Cleveland hardcore legends Ringworm.