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Amish Electric Chair

Athens, Ohio, United States | INDIE

Athens, Ohio, United States | INDIE
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"Amish Electric Chair (Soul of Athens)"

Amish Electric Chair enjoys solid credibility as one of the few punk rock outfits in Athens. The band boasts melodic guitar lines over distortion-heavy power chords, smart progressions and many different section and shifts within a single song. Vocalist/guitarist Neil Tuuri’s vocal style lingers somewhere between a growl and a shout – throaty, loud and pissed. With the addition of the now-deceased Endless Vomit-guitarist John Sava on bass, the threesome has tightened. Amish Electric Chair is an ever-long bar scene and house show compatriot, its recent explosion markedly split between The Union and The Smiling Skull.
Words by Dani Purcell, photo by Dan Krauss - Soul of Athens-Dani Purcell

"Dying Scene"

"...Put these guys on your radar - if this EP is a sign for what’s to come, this band is one you’re going to want to watch out for". - Dying Scene


"...Straight. No Chaser provides an excellent sampling of what Amish Electric Chair has to offer, and hopefully a preview of what’s to come from this Ohio trio." - Punk News

"Rock Your Bonnets Off"

In small music markets like southeastern Ohio, fans often have to choose between annoying, pop-punk, Blink 182 rip-offs and aging, unlistenable, hardcore bands still rocking against Reagan. Athens, however, recently became the home of a notable exception in Amish Electric Chair. Their riffs lend themselves to a little air guitar action, and the lyrics are recognizable. But thanks to spirited vocals and lightning-fast drumming, AEC rocks hard enough to solicit moshing at even the calmest venues (I never thought I would be hit by a flying beer can at Donkey Coffee). Besides having a bitchin’ name that is part snarky irony and part a characterization of American capital punishment as archaic, the band’s musicians have mastered their style of playing. Neil Tuuri handles guitar and vocals, while Scotty Tuuri plays drums. The brothers play with a seemingly effortless precision that makes for a truly sharp set. Newly added bassist John Sava, originally the guitarist of Endless Vomit, adds involved bass lines to the dynamic. The fast-paced guitar and bass lines, and Scotty’s driving snare fills make the band
sound like Bouncing Souls.
- Backdrop Magazine--Article by Greg Gallant

"Evil Needles"

"Amish Electric Chair is exactly the kind of band I like to promote. They do everything themselves and they do it with pride..." - Evil Needles

"Wonka Vision"

" Amish Electric Chair’s newest album “Straight No Chaser” is packed with awesome vocals that combine a cool singing/yelling approach, with guitar, bass and drum playing that stays true to the punk sound but never becomes dull."
Rating: 4/5 - Wonka Vison

"Verbicide Magazine"

"...they’ve got the right business chops to go along with the musical chops. If you like attitudinal DIY punk, then strap yourself into the Amish Electric Chair..." - Verbicide Magazine

"The Philidelphia Examiner (interview)"

Southern California and Boston may get all of the press, but authentic punk rock pops up in some of the most unlikely places… like Athens, Ohio.

The five-year-old Ohio trio Amish Electric Chair play street punk rock the way it was intended: gritty, loud and powerful with little pretention.

The band has just released their latest five-song EP Straight No Chaser and were kind enough to answer some questions. The band is scheduled to play Pittsburgh on March 26. I’ll update once other PA dates are announced.

How did the band first get together?

Scotty and Neil are both brothers “the Tuuri's”. Scotty played percussion in school and Neil started playing guitar. This was about 2002.

Do you guys all share similar influences?

No and yes. We all listen to bands like The Bouncing Souls, Against Me!, Hot Water Music, The Unseen, Fugazi. But John Sava (Bassist) came from the back ground of playing lead guitar for a melodic death/thrash band for about five years. He listens to a lot of punk but also listens to a lot of metal such as Battlemaster, Municipal Waste, and Immortal.

What can you tell me about the songs on this new EP?

Well the songs on this EP strive to get different things across, social, political, truth, and life experiences.

So listening to the song "Jellico, TN" it's obviosu something happened there. What's the story?

To make what could be turned into a novel short. Winter tour 2008 we are coming on the last stretch of our tour heading back home to play the last couple shows. We were driving through some mountains in Tennessee and as we are coming up the mountain in Jellico our van transmission blew. Some guy named "Cracker" came to us and said he had a garage and a wrecker he could put our van on so it seemed legit. He picked up the van gave us a contact to reach him at and said to call him in a day. We called and called and called, no answer. We started to get a little suspicious and walked around the town to the gas stations to ask about this guy and no one would tell us anything. We walked back to our hotel and the cops stopped us (a gas station attendant called them on us for being suspicious) and they ask for out IDs. John asked why they are stopping us and they replied "because we can" so we knew sh*t was going to suck. They wouldn't help us get our van back we told them the situation and that was it. We called triple A and got a hold of a tow truck in the area and he knew the guy and said he would help us out, he knew where they hang out was. The tow guy told us what was up, his garage got shut down for drug trafficking and he runs this ring where he gets people’s cars off the side of the road tells them he can fix them gets them to the point where they can run again and charges them a ton of money only to later have their cars die on them again. So we found the guy in Kentucky not Tennessee anymore, we confronted him and he wouldn't give us the van back, so we left. We came back in the middle of the night with the same tow guy but with a wrecker and we stole our van back from him put it on the wrecker and got the f*ck out of Jellico, Tennessee. The guy was apparently going to part out parts of our van to make money for drugs.

You guys pretty much do everything yourselves. Do you think labels are still necessary in this day and age?

Yes we pretty much do everything ourselves. We do our art, record in the studio Neil owns/operates, and use our own money to fund our tours, etc. The problem is that to a point labels are necessary if you want to get on bigger shows and package tours they can usually get you thrown in the hat for that depending on how big your label is.

How much time do you guys spend on the road? Is it tough to find time to tour?

We spend about 5-7 months a year on the road. We book it all ourselves, go out play punk rock, have a lot of fun and do what we love to do promoting the band. It’s not tough to find time to tour. We tour whenever we want and we usually plan far enough ahead and know when we are going to tour. Our day jobs are pretty cool and lenient and our bosses let us leave for any amount of time and come back and work again and then leave again, so no it’s not tough at all.

What's the hardest thing about being a small indie punk band?

The hardest thing I would say is just constantly going on tour and going to new places and sometimes playing for two-to-seven people or sometimes playing for 200. We don’t have that big label name backing us or the support of that. We do not ask for guarantees. We rely on selling our merch to get to the next stop. We pay our dues and play for small crowds a lot of the time and have no problem doing it because we love to play punk music and enjoy each other in the band.

Anything else you want to add?

We are stoked that we have been getting some good reviews from the big punk rock media outlets on our new EP that came out on Geykido Comet records. - John Moore


"Keep the Lights On"-Full length 2008
"Straight No Chaser"- EP to be released Novermber 16th on Geykido Comet Records.


12/16/2009 - Blue Rock Tavern, Cincinnati, Ohio

12/15/2009 - The Brick House, Louisville, Kentucky

12/14/2009 - Murpheys (onhold) Memphis, Tennessee

12/13/2009 - ACAC, Little Rock, Arkansas

12/12/2009 - 1919 Hemphill, Dallas, Texas

12/11/2009 - Snake Eyes Vinyl, Austin, Texas

12/10/2009 - Fitzgeralds, Houston, Texas

12/09/2009 - Check Point Charlies, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

12/08/2009 - Dragons Den, New Orleans, Louisiana

12/07/2009 - The HighNote (onhold), Mobile Alabama

12/06/2009 - Coolifornia House, Pensacola, Florida

12/05/2009 - Free Radicals, Tallahassee, Florida

12/04/2009 - Wayward Council, Gainesville, Florida

12/03/2009 - ShantyTown Pub, Jacksonville, FL

12/02/2009 - The SideBar, Baltimore, MD

12/01/2009 - The RoundHouse, Pittsburgh, PA

09/10/2009 - The Union, Athens, Ohio 45701

08/28/2009 - Conneaut, Conneaut, Ohio

07/11/2009 - Happy Shock Music Festival, Moores Hill, Indiana 47032

07/10/2009 - Happy Shock Music Festival, Moores Hill, Indiana 47032

06/12/2009 - The Union with ANTI-SEEN, Athens, Ohio 45701

05/23/2009 - Gun and Knife show @ Bruce Manor, Athens, Ohio 45701

05/15/2009 - The Union- RED ARMY CD RELEASE, Athens, Ohio 45701

05/12/2009 - The Union with Octoberfist,Athens, Ohio 45701

04/30/2009 - Ohio Brew Week Benefit at the Smiling Skull with WE MARCH, Athens, Ohio 45701

04/25/2009 - FOR REAL FEST @The Union, Athens, Ohio

04/04/2009 - Bernie’s Distillary with Go Analog and the Heartland,Coumbus,Ohio

03/29/2009 - THE SMILING SKULL, Athens, Ohio

03/28/2009 - CBR’s, Columbus, Ohio

03/27/2009 - 222 Ormsby-With HELLMOUTH and American Armada,Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

03/26/2009 - The Emerald Bar,St. Petersburg, Florida

03/24/2009 - Boozgeois Saloon,Fort Pierce, Florida

03/23/2009 - Wayward Council, Gainesville, Florida

03/21/2009 - The Venue, Dalton, Georgia

02/28/2009 - SMILING SKULL SALOON w/ American Armada, Athens, Ohio 45701

02/26/2009 - The Union with The Red Army and the Ordinance, Athens, Ohio 45701

02/20/2009 - BACKDROP RELEASE PARTY @ 19 SOUTH, Athens,ohio

02/15/2009 - Ryans House, Ashtabula, Ohio

02/14/2009 - Double OO, Detroit, Michigan

02/13/2009 - The Union w/Ghost of Asa Phelps/Front Royals, Athens,Ohio

12/21/2008 - 45 Grosvenor Street (AEC HOUSE), Athens, Ohio 45701

12/20/2008 - Shamrock’s Irish Pub, Huntington, West Virginia 25701

12/19/2008 - The Venue, Dalton Georgia, Georgia

12/18/2008 - Speak Easy, Vero Beach, Florida

12/16/2008 - boozgeios saloon w/ Pub Reckers, Fort Peirce, Florida

12/14/2008 - Doozers Pub, Jacksonville, Florida 32099

12/13/2008 - Wayward Council, Gainesville, Florida 32601

12/12/2008 - Bourbon street, newport richie, Florida

12/11/2008 - Emerald Bar,St.Petersburg, Florida 32801

12/10/2008 - the blackbox collective, Orlando, Florida 33010

12/09/2008 - Black Coffee Gallery, Brandon, Florida 34230

12/06/2008 - The Wayward Council,Gainesville, Florida 30303

12/05/2008 - East Atlanta IceHouse, Atlanta, Georgia

11/07/2008 - The Union, Athens, Ohio 45701

10/31/2008 - Smiling SKULL, Athens, Ohio 45701

10/25/2008 - UMC- 18 North Colleg Street, Athens, Ohio 45701

10/24/2008 - The Beaver Ranch,Athens, Ohio

10/11/2008 - THE UNION- KEEP THE LIGHTS ON RELEASE SHOW,Athens, Ohio 45701

09/26/2008 - BROWN TOWN!, Athens, Ohio 45701

09/18/2008 - The Union with Mr. Got Heat, Athens, Ohio 45701

09/13/2008 - Donkey Coffee, Athens, Ohio

09/06/2008 - North Lancaster house, Athens, Ohio 45701

08/28/2008 - The Union, Athens, Ohio 45701

06/08/2008 - The Cove Nightclub,Geneva on the Lake, Ohio 44004

06/06/2008 - Lobsterfest The Union, Athens, Ohio 45701

05/24/2008 - Beaver House,Athens, Ohio



Label: Geykido Comet Records,

Amish Electric Chair is a heavily touring and dedicated band that stays true to DIY ethics. The band has been in existence for 6 years since the two brothers, Neil and Scotty formed the beginnings as a duo, later adding bassist John Sava (a former metal guitar player). AEC has been on the road many times across the country. When the tour van broke down in Nowhere, Tennessee and was stolen off the side of the highway days before Christmas, the band found a way to locate and "re-steal" the vehicle back and get it fixed. "Keep the Lights On" is the first official full length release that was dropped in 2008. One thousand copies were printed and sold. After fine tuning their sound a bit, AEC released a 5 track EP in the winter of 2009 on Geykido Comet Records. AEC is touring constantly.