Jake Tisdale drums
JD Cupple bass & vocals
John Armour guitar
Years Active 2018 – present
Latest Release Owney – released July, 10 2020
Favorite Local Artists Jason Kaminski, Sweater Curse, Teamonade, Nature, Leaking, Sure Machine, and pretty much everything that comes off of Flower Pot Records.
Favorite Venue to Perform Happy Dog is always fun, and honestly any house show in a basement is really great for the vibes.
Favorite Albums of 2020 Katie Dey – Mydata, Talons’ – Make America Again, Draag Me – I Am Gambling With My Life
How is everyone holding up during this time?
Quarantine/pandemic life has been really tough sometimes, but being able to play and make music together has been extremely therapeutic to just go and be creative. It’s really helpful to have something to work on that is meaningful to us, or just being able to go and bash some shit out and make noise for a few hours.
Tell us about how this project got started?
We all met in highschool when we were in jazz band together, and then had a very short lived band that lasted about three weeks. Later in 2018 we got together under the name Sleve McDichael for Five Minute Fest at Blank Slate Elyria, and put together two quick songs which then became our first EP Do No Harm.
Are you working on anything new / specific at the moment?
We are currently mixing a new song Red Dye 40 which should be coming very soon! We also have a handful of new music we’re working on for another album at some point.
What would you consider your Best Local Show Experience (either playing or witnessing)?
Opening Night at the Emerald City house show was definitely one of our favorite shows to play. The crowd’s energy was fantastic and super fun.
Any local Artists you admire that you’ve never met?
What does Cleveland or Akron have to offer aspiring musicians?
There is a really wide range of music styles that come out of Cleveland, with pretty big acceptance and a place or group for every different sound.
What has your recording experience been like?
It’s been really fun being able to experiment with mixing/editing or adding things we can’t always do live as a three-piece, like extra synth parts or loops, additional vocals, or trumpet, but the sound and energy is very different from our live shows. Because of covid & quarantining, we ended up mixing almost the entire album remotely and just sent files back and forth with each other over the course of a few months.