Pike 27
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Pike 27

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Established on Jan, 2000
Band Rock Indie




"The Return of Pike 27: Cincinnati Rock crew returns tonight after a six year absence with a new lineup and sound"

Greater Cincinnati Rock band Pike 27 was a staple on the local club circuit in the early-to-mid-’00s, playing sweaty, raucous live shows to a dedicated following (headlining and opening for the likes of Dave Alvin and Chuck Prophet) and releasing the acclaimed full-length, Falling Down Hard, in 2001. But in 2007, frontman/guitarist/singer/songwriter Dave Purcell left Cincinnati for Northern Ohio, taking a job as a sociology professor at Kent State.

This past summer, Purcell returned to Cincinnati and resurrected Pike 27 with a new lineup. Returning to his role as Pike 27's bassist is Sean Rhiney, formerly of Clabbergirl (in which Purcell played rhythm guitar) and co-founder of the MidPoint Music Festival. New to Pike are guitarist Mike Fair (Wojo, Mike Fair & the Adventure Seekers) and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Dave Killen, a professor at Cincinnati State.

The “new” Pike 27 has moved away from the Americana/Roots Rock style it was known for, a reflection of the new songs Purcell has written for the band. (The group is also reviving some older material for its upcoming live shows.) Purcell says that while working on the new songs, the members have remarked that the material is more in line with artists like Robyn Hitchcock, The Kinks, Graham Parker and Grant Lee Buffalo — still smart, catchy and rockin’, but with the twang dialed back.

"How do you pin down REM, Elvis Costello or Glen Hansard?" Purcell says of Pike 27’s less easily categorizable style. "We hope to land in there somewhere — jangly, smart, sometimes noisy, joyful. Good to raise a pint to." - CityBeat (Mike Breen)

"Sweaty, boozy, emotional"

"You take Falling Down Hard straight - no ice and no fancy pink umbrellas please. The sound is sweaty, boozy guitars, crackling percussion and emotional storytelling at its finest. The essence of the recording is less polished pop and more raw, live performance." - Cincymusic.com

"2005 Midpoint Preview"

Politically aware and joyously swaggering, Pike 27 are one of the best Roots Rock acts in Greater Cincinnati, though they've been woefully absent from the club circuit the past several months. Fronted by singer/songwriter Dave Purcell and backed by a band of local music vets, Pike 27 have one stellar release in their cannon so far: 2001's Falling Down Hard. Crawling out of the cavern for their annual MPMF showcase, Pike should be extra boisterous this year. - CityBeat (Mike Breen)


2017 - The Long Fight (release: October 2017)

2014 - Calling Out (EP)

2001 - Falling Down Hard



From 2000 to 2007, Pike 27 was a fixture on the Cincinnati music scene. The band garnered acclaim and awards for their 2001 release Falling Down Hard, opened for national acts (including Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Vigilantes of Love, Jason Ringenberg, and the Ass Ponys), and developed a reputation as one of the best live acts in Cincinnati. The band went on hiatus when singer/songwriter Dave Purcell moved away to work as a sociology professor at Kent State University.

In summer 2013, Purcell returned home and put together a new lineup which quickly reestablished itself on the local scene with opening slots for Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, The Fauntleroys (with Alejandro Escovedo), and a outdoor stage slot at Midpoint Music Festival. Pike 27 recently added noted singer/songwriter Dan Mecher (ex-Turbull ACs) to the lineup, complementing the core of bassist Sean Rhiney (ex-Clabbergirl and the co-founder of the Midpoint Music Festival), guitarist Mike Fair (Wojo, Mike Fair & The Adventure Seekers), and drummer/singer/songwriter Dave Purcell.

Pike 27 is jangly, smart, sometimes noisy, joyful. Good to raise a pint to. Like some of their influences (REM, Alejandro Escovedo, Elvis Costello), they are hard to pin down. Come see for yourself...

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