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Coffinberry @ The Grog Shop

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Coffinberry @ The Grog Shop

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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The best kept secret in music


Depending on whom you talk with these days, the state of Rock is pretty abysmal. The nihilistic pity-me pretty boys of the Nineties spawned thousands of sound-alike bands who dripped their suburban angst all over the radio dial, with Emo now following in hot pursuit. Rap has successfully captured the ears and feet of a generation of teens who normally would have been head-banging or slam-dancing to the latest defy-your-parents-and-rock-with-us! band of scary social misfits. And Pop music, championed by dime-a-dozen divas like Brittany, Ashlee and Christina, is lowering the dress code and vocal standards for years to come. The litmus test to prove my assumption would have to be 2004’s tragic Lollapalooza tour, which fizzled and sputtered before making a spark, despite the fact that Sonic Youth, Morrissey, Le Tigre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were all on the bill. How could a show like that NOT sell-out, but by a huge wash of apathy from the ticket-buying public? RIP Rock and Roll.

Then again, on a hot summer night in the summer of 2004, while hearing a pal’s band play at the venerable Beachland Ballroom, my ears perked up, my heart started palpitating madly, and I couldn’t help but tap and bounce to the sounds that crashed into my head. It wasn’t Pop-Punk (thank God) and it wasn’t Thrash-Metal. It wasn’t Newer Wave, and it certainly wasn’t Rockabilly. It was...well, Rock and Roll by a bunch of young twenty-something upstarts, naturally. It was short, and it was loud, and it was melodic, with just the right splash of dissonance and feedback splattered about like a fun Jackson Pollack print. It was Coffinberry, and it was good. And Rock wasn’t dead after all. At least not in Cleveland, Ohio. - Cool Cleveland Dot Com

Shortly after forming about a year ago, Coffinberry rushed into the studio, issuing a 7-inch and then recording a demo that it planned to issue as an album. The artwork was even completed before the band scrapped the full-length. Drummer Tony Cross admits the band probably started out of the gate a bit too quickly.

“It's weird 'cause we got off to a fast start, which is why we didn't put our album out when we recorded it,” he says.

The band's currently in the process of recording an EP that it plans to self-release. It's also included on a Pabst Blue Ribbon compilation and has two songs on a split 7-inch with locals Dakota Floyd. Because Pabst gives the bands several hundred copies of the vinyl to do whatever they want with, Cross is thinking of inventive ways of marketing it without shilling for the beer company.

“When they were looking around town for bands, we thought it'd be stupid to not contribute,” he says. “The cover is a giant Pabst can. We've been looking into putting them in other sleeves. I don't want to hawk Pabst. We just haven't done it yet because we're lazy.”

In the meantime, the band recently opened for the Raveonettes at the Rock Hall and continues to play just about any gig where a Brit-pop inspired band — the Stone Roses are a big influence — fits in.

“We've been lucky to have support from really good bands,” Cross says. “If another band that people respect ask you to play, it opens things up. People are really supportive so I guess we're okay.”

-Jeff Niesel
- Cleveland Free Times

Coffinberry got the evening off to a good start with their set of edgy power pop. It’s tough to put a label on them but they sort of remind me of a harder rocking version of The Strokes. These guys have great songs and natural stage presence, and if you haven’t seen them yet I suggest you do so. Judging from the good response they got from the audience, I’m not the only one who likes them. - Utter Trash


We have two 7"s and an upcoming 7 song CDEP that will be out by May.

Radio/press promotion campaign will begin just prior to the CDEP's release date.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Coffinberry played their first show in December of 2001 at Speak In Tongues in Cleveland, Ohio with Kiddo and CryBabyCry from D.C.. I know because I booked it. That night all the bands were not only great musically, but also energized the audience into having some fun. Some had too much fun. During CryBabyCry's set, the people dancing up front accidentally wrecked the band's keyboard. When I paid Coffinberry that night, without even counting the money, they gave it all to CryBabyCry to help fix the keyboard. Coffinberry impressed the crowd that night with just four songs of pop rock that seemed influenced by bands like The Jam, and The Smiths, as well as bands of the '60s. The band had played only four songs because that's all they had prepared, but in a way it set a precedent for the group who plays sets on the shorter side. It leaves the crowd wanting more. The people at the first show were also surprised by the talent of a band with such young members (Nick who plays lead guitar was only 17 and the rest were in their early twenties). People kept asking me when they were going to play again.

The next time I saw the band was when they opened a three stage, all local festival at Pat's In The Flats. Everyone I talked to that day brought up Coffinberry's set, and most said they should have played last since none of the other bands that day compared. After that, local bands wanted to play with them, and clubs wanted them (with their growing following) to open for such national acts like the Creation, The Dirtbombs and The Walkmen. It seemed like they didn't say no to anybody and were playing twice or so a week. The band also ended up playing some odd places. If someone was having a barbeque, Coffinberry would play. The Suicide Girls Burlesque show needs an opener, Coffinberry. Ravonettes playing at the Rock Hall, Coffinberry will open. The band even played at a wedding reception for a friend.

Once, when I was in a car, someone said they felt bad because they had told Coffinberry that they were going to go to a show and didn't. I told them not to worry since the band was probably playing again by the end of the week. We stopped at a traffic light and there was Coffinberry loading their gear out of the Grog Shop.

Live reviews of the band usually start with sentences containing "pop, "Edgy", "energetic" and almost always "rock".

After fine tuning their live set, they went down to Columbus to record at Workbook Studios (New Bomb Turks, This Moment In Black History) and then up to Chicago to mix at Electric Audio. The result is seven songs (to be released in May) that represent the music as it is on stage, drum and bass that never bore by just being a play-by-the-numbers rhythm section, but never get flashy or overwhelming and two guitar players that work off of each other to build interesting progressions and changes, without showing off with solos or unnecessary hot licks. The singer goes from sing along melodies to energetic screams as the band speeds up the pace and increases the volume and intensity. Live or on record, Coffinberry makes you want to sing along and dance, even if it's the first time you've heard the song.

-Danny Noonan

The Libertines, Dinosaur Jr., Spoon

Tony C. "I like everything from rap to country."
Pat " I like everything except rap and country."