It has really been an exceptional year for music here in Cincinnati. Some really great new bands have emerged and a few old favorites contributed with very strong albums this year as well. Some bands did not have a single release but made a big impact on the local scene anyway. Here are my very own ENS Cincinnati Music Awards, hope you enjoy….
Best Album Without Words
Cincinnati Modern – Satellite City
Tony Miracle of Venus Hum fame released one of the best and quietest albums of 2007 here in Cincinnati and it is dedicated to some of the historic architecture here in the city. Truly one of the gems of 2007 and an all instrumental affair. Our original entry on this album.
Best Band Without An Offical Release
Bad Veins – Another great year for one of our favorite Cincy bands in Bad Veins. 2007 saw the duo kick ass at CMJ, sign to RCDR LBL and toss a few new songs our way. 2008 will see the first official release from the band in physical form with a 7″ for Dovecote Records, the best is yet to come for these guys.
Bad Veins performing “The Lie” at the CEA Awards this month.
Best Album That Came Out Last Year Locally, And This Year Nationally
For Western Violence and Brief Sensuality – Pearlene
While many of us have been enjoying this disc for some time now, it saw an official “wide” release in 2007. The band gets better and better with age on their third effort, and their live show continues to get tighter as well. See a previous post or two on Pearlene.
Best Acoustic Band / Album
The Great Depression – This Cincinnati duo had quite a year as well, touring with the likes of Rocky Votolato and getting friendly with Matthew Pryor of The New Amsterdams. Pryor is also part of the team at Curb Appeal Records and they ended up singing The Great Depression this year as well. Look forward to the re-release of their album in 2008. I’m hoping we see that lost Light Wires album surface at some point as well, despite lead singer Jeremy Pinnell being busy with The Great Depression.
Local Song Of The Year
“The Little Patton” – The Seedy Seeds
By far the catchiest tune I heard this year comes from another Cincinnati duo, The Seedy Seeds. Mike and Margaret have imposed their will on us all in this tune by ingraining it in our heads, the banjo and backing beats are components of the song and album that make it an immediate winner. We caught The Seedy Seeds live earlier this year.
Hardest Working Band In Cincinnati
The Sheds – The Sheds not only released one of our favorite albums of the year in Youâ€™ve Got A Light, but also toured the local and regional area extensively this year promoting their excellent product. It all wrapped up this month at their two year anniversary show at the Southgate House, which was another excellent performance. The band are going on a bit of a hiatus, but don’t expect too much of a lull, these guys have it in their blood. More ENS love for The Sheds.
Best Indie Pop Group
Pomegranates – These dudes have a very familiar indie pop sound about them, it is almost like it is not from the midwest, but man it is really great. Their debut EP, Two Eyes was a self released effort that got the attention of Lujo Records and got the boys signed. Their debut full length is in the can and will get a release in 2008. It also appears that the guys have scored the opening slot at the Besnard Lakes, Peter Bjorn and John gig on December 2 @ Bogarts, nice!More about Pomegranates.
Best Pure Rock N’ Roll Effort
Play Rock N’ Roll EP – The Lions Rampant
If it is straight forward, PBR thirsting, Lion costume wearing rock music you are after, The Lions Rampant have the cure. Their latest EP has vaulted them into a growing group of new upstart Cincinnati bands. But when it comes to straight up rockin out, these dudes steal the show. Don’t believe me? Check out the video for some proof.
Best New Artist
Eat Sugar – This could have gone to alot of bands with all the new talent this year in Cincinnati, but Eat Sugar gets the nod from me off the strength of their debut demo EP. The band boasts a really thick, and pulsating sound and is primed to take things to the next level in 2008. Keep an eye on these guys, good things are likely on deck.
Best Albums of 2007 – Cincinnati
5. Satellite City – Cincinnati Modern
4. Pearlene – For Western Violence and Brief Sensuality
3. The Sheds – You’ve Got A Light
2. Wussy – Left For Dead
1. The Seedy Seeds – Change States
You’re ENS awards are in the mail everyone….