The local pop-punk band Pipe Dream — guitarist Spencer Hendricks, singer-bassist Jack Ellis and guitarist Gavin Sterkel — formed in late 2012 when the guys were still high school students. Set to relocate to Los Angeles at the end of the month, the band will celebrate the end of a great run with a farewell show on Oct. 28 at the Grog Shop. The band's not breaking up — it's just moving across the country.
“We went to Chagrin Falls High School, and we were looking for something to do besides work,” says Hendricks when asked about how the band initially came together.
The group recorded its first album, Circles
, locally at Whiteout Audio, and quickly became a band to watch. Recorded at Whiteout Audio just a few months after the release of Circles
, Pipe Dream's 2013 EP Horizon
shows off the local band's sensitive side. That's apparent right from the start as the opening title track sounds like Green Day covering a Coldplay tune. Released last year, The Oak
, another strong effort, features a slew of pop gems. A mellow, acoustic guitar-driven song that features the sound of children playing in the background, the title track comes off as a great, unpretentious ballad.
“We spent a lot more time on the record,” says Hendricks of The Oak
. “We started writing in September of 2013. We had a whole bunch of ideas. We completed one song and then another, and we would keep changing everything. We recorded six or seven songs and then narrowed it down to the final four that went on it. We wanted to bring back that childhood feeling of being a kid. And we wanted to show how we’ve been trying to grow as songwriters.”
Though Hendricks says performing in Cleveland has been great, the band is ready to move on. It recently signed to Los Angeles-based Franklin Street Entertainment Management and has decided to move out to Los Angeles to be closer to what's left of the music industry.
“Cleveland’s amazing but everyone is in Los Angeles,” says Hendricks. “The biggest connection could be right down the street. It’s a matter of meeting the right people.”
The three guys plan to cram into a one-bedroom in Toluca Lake.
For the show at the Grog, the band will pay tribute to its Cleveland fans.
“We got so much support from Cleveland, so we want the show to be more of a hangout,” says Hendricks. “We just want to personally thank everyone. We will do an acoustic set with new songs.”
Expect the new songs to be more uptempo.
“It’s great to have someone cry to one of our songs but we want people to smile,” says Hendricks. “We want to be more upbeat and pop. We haven’t explored that territory before.”