The biggest and best adjustment I've had to make moving to Cincinnati has been the local scene. It's no secret that when I moved to Chicago, the one thing I was most looking forward to was a great base of local talent, bands on the verge so to speak. I soon learned that while Chicago has a ton of big name bands traveling through, sweet Chicago based bands were few and far between. That isn't to say there weren't any, of course. Currently recording their debut full length, Chicago boys Archie Powell and the Exports are friends of the Hot Half Life for, well, life but instead of finding myself in the midst of a booming rock scene in that "windy city", I found myself consumed by the press releases of dozens of touring bands and little else.
Cincinnati, however, seems to have a bit of the opposite going on. The amount of bands visiting places like the Southgate House pales in comparison to the acts that hit Schubas, Lincoln Hall and the Empty Bottle on a nightly basis but the local scene here is off the proverbial hook. Coming in, I was already on quite good terms with those Bad Veins fellows and knew that bands like the Pomegranates and the Seedy Seeds called this "queen city" their home but upon my arrival, it was apparent that the Cincinnati scene blows Chicago out of the water. (Yes, I expect to be e-crucified for that statement but I stand by my words. Bring on your nails and cross, Chicago.)
The short list of awesome local bands is something I fully intend on exploring further here so I won't bog you down with a list of my top five favorite Cincinnati acts... Yet. Instead, I'm just going to shed some light on a band I've taken quite a shine to recently, You, You're Awesome.
Rocking one of the coolest band names around, You, You're Awesome is a duo comprised of Yusuf and Kevin, two guys that took CMJ by storm this year, named one of 25 bands to see by Spin. Combining live drums, electronic audio and some sweet graphics, You, You're Awesome's live set is something I've yet to experience but from what I've heard, it's quite the sight. Plus, as made obvious by the band's press photo, the guys obviously have a sense of humor. Catchy and fun, to say that You, You're Awesome has been a refreshing break from the lo fi acoustic music I've been rocking this fall is an understatement to say the least. And the fact that they're local just makes me want to support them even more.
Heads up to Cinci residents: You, You're Awesome will be releasing their third ep and playing the Northside Tavern on December 18th. Better still? It's free. So mark your calendars and count the days. First, however, dig "Don't Jump, I Brought Pancakes" off the band's second EP, You're My Superhero, featuring some guest vocals from Bad Vein's Benjamin Davis.