Cleveland, Ohio is home to many musicians and individuals who make their livings in the music business. It is also home to several music labels; labels that are hard at work providing support to bands and individuals who want to find success in the music industry. One of the music labels that call Cleveland, Ohio home is Love Muffin Records.
Love Muffin Records holds label showcases at several various venues around the Greater Cleveland area from time to time. These showcases help to give exposure to, not only the label itself, but also to the bands that call the label home. One of these showcases took place on March 26, 2010 at The Symposium, one of the smaller music venues in the Greater Cleveland area. And one of the label’s bands that took part in the showcase was Skychief.
Skychief is a four-piece punk/rock band that calls the Akron, Ohio area home. And while labelmates 5xFast and One Days Notice (I did not get the chance to check out the band Rewired) put on good performances, it was Skychief that impressed me the most.
The band of Shychief consists of Taffi on guitars/vocals, Disco Steve on guitars/vocals, Ric Nimrod on bass, and Smitty on drums. They put on the best performance of the bands that I was able to see that night. The quartet was tight and powered through their set, as if they had played on stage together many times before; and since the band is in their tenth year as a group, they easily could have. Skychief’s 40-minute set was easily the most entertaining of the night, as the members of the band don’t seem to take themselves all that seriously. The banter between songs was light-hearted, and included things like mentioning the fact that they were taking an “unscheduled talk break” in the middle of the set as things on stage had to be adjusted for the next song. While being part of the Love Muffin Records Showcase to help promote the label, they were ultimately there to promote their own newly released album entitled Auto Exciter.
Auto Exciter plays like an album from a veteran band of musicians. And since Skychief will be celebrating a decade together, it is no surprise that the album sounds so tight. From the beginning track of “10 Hours” to the last track of “Seeds,” Auto Exciter gives any punk rock lover plenty of things to love about the album.
The first track of “10 Hours” has enough pop-rock feel to it to make it perfect for mass appeal. But it is the song “Michelle 3” that the band of Skychief has decided to use as their first single. The song brings to mind some of the bands that helped bring punk into the mainstream.
Another song on the album by Skychief that catches the listener’s attention is “Darkside”. The guitars create a great melody that hooks the listener and the lyrics are easy to sing along to. The album ends on a strong note with “Seeds”. This song is the band’s version of a great punk anthem.
Skychief puts on a very entertaining and impressive performance when in concert. And the songs that are contained within the Auto Exciter album, it is easy to see that they also know how to write great music.
Skychief will be celebrating their tenth anniversary in the beginning of July 2010. Although you may not be able to see the band live, you can still check out their music by going to their website at www.skychief.net. You can also find the band on MySpace under the account name of http://www.myspace.com/merockyousohard. The band’s label of Love Muffin Records continues to help shape the Cleveland music scene with some of the best bands that the area has to offer. To find out more about the label and every band that currently makes up the label’s roster, go to www.lovemuffinrecords.com.
To purchase a copy of Auto Exciter by Skychief, just click on the cover below: