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Yellow Springs, OH | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE | AFTRA

Yellow Springs, OH | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2011
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Speaking sons is one of six bands that will appearing at 8pm on Saturday, March 16th during Antistoch: a benefit for WYSO 91.3fm. The event will take place at The Glen Helen Building located at 405/505 Corry St. in Yellow Springs. All Proceeds from the event will go to support WYSO.

Speaking Suns are Jacob Diebold, Sam Compston, David Byrne, and Graham King. The band got their start around 3 years ago in Yellow Springs, OH.

For more information about Antistoch visit the events page on www.wyso.org or search "Speaking Suns" on Facebook. - WYSO Public Radio 91.3


For a bumping live music scene, Sixth Street in Austin and the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn had a competitor in downtown Yellow Springs last Saturday night.

While two popular Dayton rock bands packed Peaches and the Gulch featured blues and rock ‘n’ roll tunes with a local drumming legend who played at Woodstock, a younger crowd pulsed to an Orlando electro-pop act under strobe lights at the Spirited Goat Coffee House on Dayton Street, and later screamed as local headliner Speaking Suns boasted the kind of confident, indie-leaning rock that feels ahead of its time.

Dayton rock ‘n’ roll/Americana outfit The New Old Fashioned was at Peaches to release its latest album, “Ladies,” a 7-inch vinyl put out by Yellow Springs’ Toxic Beauty Records. Opener Shrug, a Dayton band that has been around since 1994, albeit in different incarnations, warmed up the crowd.

Down at the Gulch, “Crazy Joe” Tritschler paired up with Duke Dewey to play early rock ‘n’ roll hits, along with Tritschler’s signature rockabilly, all through homemade vintage tube amplifiers. At one point the duo covered Eddie Cochran’s 1958 hit “Summertime Blues,” which Dewey apparently played live with the band at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1960s.

The Spirited Goat, the newest live music venue in town, hosted to a younger college-aged crowd for electro-pop acts Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, of Nashville, and Michael Parallax, of Orlando, before Speaking Suns took the stage with a high-energy set of indie rock. - Yellow Springs News


Artist: Speaking Suns
Album: PART ONE
Label: Independent
Genre: Indie Pop

“Hey!” she gasped at my sleeve as she jogged to keep up, “You walk too fast!”

I sometimes forgot that I was six inches taller than her and fleet-footed, which meant that for every mile I walked at my own natural pace, she could only walk 4,785 feet at hers. These calculations are sketchy at best, but I’m writing under the assumption that no one in the School of Mathematics will read this lousy review anyway.

Pop music, bless its heart, is very often that long-legged walking partner that pulls us along with absentminded swiftness. It hooks us quickly and then drags us through Verse, Chorus, Verse, back to the Chorus, and then once more for good measure; not allowing us much time to linger lest we realize the quality of the songwriting, or lack thereof.

Speaking Suns’ latest EP, “Part One,” is much more mindful of its audience. Each of the five spacious tracks, though catchy, let the listener ease into them at their own leisure. The soulful hooks are present, brilliant in fact, but they’re not jumping out at you before you’re ready for them. Nor is any one instrument favored over another. The band plays together with the efficiency and harmony of a beehive, complemented by such mantra-like lines as “I’m unable to find a deeper meaning, it’s an easy feeling.” From the ghostly strut of “Hollow” to the blissed-out buzz of “Something’s Happening,” this is a batch of songs that, given the opportunity, will roam the hills and valleys of your headspace for days.

The standout track is “Evening Exits,” which starts simply, the light fading behind the hill. The song stoops to gather a fallen leaf for your collection, and then it takes you by the arm, pulls you close, and whispers softly in your ear “The world it just spins, it seems, for nothing.” Every cymbal crash brushes the hair from your eyes. The warm chime of guitars is a sloppy, wet kiss on your cheek. From a nearby tree, you hear the odd warble of the farfisa organ – an interesting specimen. You approach slowly for a closer look, but it flutters over your head and into the shimmering chorus. But never fear! The song contains many lush “Ooos” and “Sha-na-na-na”s, as any good pop song should. In another time or place, this would have been the next big hit for Diana Ross & the Supremes.

When you slow down to have a conversation with someone, you run the risk of making a spectacularly dull fool of yourself, as usually seems to be the case for me. Luckily, though, Speaking Suns are all charm. They have something to say, something you want to hear. They’re just what you need, baby. - The Millenial


For a bumping live music scene, Sixth Street in Austin and the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn had a competitor in downtown Yellow Springs last Saturday night.

While two popular Dayton rock bands packed Peach’s, and the Gulch featured blues and rock ‘n’ roll tunes with local drumming legend Duke Dewey, a younger crowd pulsed to an Orlando techno pop act under strobe lights at the Spirited Goat Coffee House on Dayton Street, and later screamed as local headliner Speaking Suns boasted the kind of confident, indie-leaning rock that feels ahead of its time.

Speaking Suns’ bassist Conor Stratton, who helped organize the show as part of his new independent label Great Guys Records, wants to bring that pioneering new sound to part of Ohio dominated by bluegrass and your more typical rock and jam bands. And by helping Speaking Suns and other Ohio acts put out albums and tour in support, he hopes to propel them to stardom.

“I realized that we have all this talent out of Yellow Springs and we’re all friends, so we can have power in numbers,” said Stratton, a 2009 YSHS grad who now lives in Athens, Ohio, regarding launching the label last year. After two years in the music management and sound engineering program at Hocking College, Stratton found he had the skills — and studio access — to make it happen for a group of bands not short on talent or drive.

Great Guys Records will throw a label fundraiser at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Peach’s Bar & Grill at 104 Xenia Ave., with music by its artists — Speaking Suns, local act Sport Fishing USA and Blond, of Athens. A $5 suggested donation gain entry and a compilation CD featuring the three bands.

Two of the label mates trace their roots in the popular local teen indie-folk outfit Wheels, which dissolved last summer after three years, three albums and plenty of positive attention. Former Wheels members Stratton and Sam Salazar play in the four-piece Speaking Suns (Salazar sings and plays the keyboard) and Blond was formed around Wheels’ vocalist and percussionist Jaime Scott, who studied at Ohio University.

Wheels’ dissolution was inevitable in the eyes of Stratton, when some of its members went off to college and the group evolved in ways that were natural for a group of 13–15 year olds but which audiences didn’t immediately take to.

“Our second album was not well received and it took a long time for people to warm up to it,” Stratton said. “It was disheartening. It was as if we dug ourselves into a hole of this cheesy thing.”

By the time the band’s third album (self-titled) found it blending the heartfelt intensity of its second release, Big Feeling, with the more jaunty folk of its debut and began to garner some praise, the wheels had already started to come off. Today, the group of still-young musicians jokes about a reunion concert. At the same time, they are pushing themselves into new musical avenues with Speaking Suns and Blond.

Speaking Suns, for instance, taps zeitgeist bands like The Black Keys but adds on layers of harmony and complexity that make it harder to pin down as your everyday rock music. Lead singer Jacob Diebold sings the refrain of the crowd favorite “The Disenchanted” — “it don’t matter” — in a tenor reminiscent of Franz Ferdinand and delivers a song that could hold its own against a Strokes, White Stripes or Wilco hit.

“It’s chill but it’s still driving,” Stratton explained of the sound. “We have poppy, catchy tunes, nice chill sounds and then there is this rocking and energetic and dancy stuff.”

Scott’s Blond, meanwhile, has a more pared down and intimate sound, with guitar riffs of a surfer vibe and the overall feeling of a hazy summer memory. Taking in Scott’s wistful lyics and vocal earnestness is like listening to the Fleet Foxes.

“Jaime listens to old jazz and Sam Cooke — early rock and roll,” Stratton said. “You’ll catch him singing a song and you could have sworn he was a 1950s legend.”

Sport Fishing USA, meanwhile, captures a distinctly 1960s mood; it sounds like Neil Young without the brooding and features sharp vocals the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel, perky drums and a Korg keyboard. Byrne doubles as the drummer of Sport Fishing, with brothers Nathan and Brendan Moore rounding out the trio.

Sport Fishing’s sound takes notes from the Moores’ father, Chris, a local roofer and jazz cornetist who poured on 20s and 30s jazz tunes in their childhood, the 60s and 70s rock they played for themselves as teens and the 80s do-it-yourself rock they must have absorbed from the zeitgeist and Byrne’s father, an 80s punk rocker whose band toured with Black Flag. Brendan Moore, who plays bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin songs with his other band, Blue Moon Soup, adds a touch of quintessential southern Ohio bluegrass sound.

Stratton is working hard to spread the Yellow Springs music, having sent out Speaking Suns demos to every college radio station within a 30-hour drive. Times have changed in the record industry. To avoid being drowned out by the sheer amount of music available online, bands have to cultivate their audience by touring now more than ever, Stratton explained.

“The reason why touring is what’s important, in addition to selling records, that if you’re not willing to tour it says you’re not willing to put in the work,” Stratton said.

Ahead of a Speaking Suns tour, the band is looking to raise $2,600 in an online Kickstarter campaign to buy 1,000 copies of its second album on CD, 500 vinyl pressings and 300 posters. Favoring an analogue format is Stratton and Byrne, who see vinyl as a more collectible and enduring piece of music and artwork. Byrne described the preference for records as a “mentality” and said, “It’s our way of expressing our appreciation of music as an art.” Sport Fishing is looking to put out more CDs of its new album, “Live at the Pool,” whose first run was only 50 copies.

Though Yellow Springs has its own niche music scene (which was in true form on Saturday night), Stratton also sees the need to expand outside of the heavy metal/jam band-heavy Dayton scene and the country/pop dominated Ohio scene. Stratton sees his job to push the original sound of Yellow Springs bands in an indie desert as a major impediment, but he also takes it as a challenge. Still, he is eyeing the West Coast as the next stop for himself and his band. Sport Fishing, meanwhile, has a gig this weekend in Brooklyn.

“A lot of times the market is not there and the kind of people you would appeal to aren’t there, unless you play country or pop,” Stratton said of Ohio, adding, “There is actually a saying in the record industry: ‘If you could make it in Ohio, you could make it anywhere.’”

For more information, visit the Great Guys Records Facebook page. - Yellow Springs News


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Speaking Suns is a dream pop outfit from the small college town of Yellow Springs OH -- the one-time home of Rod Serling and Buffalo Springfield. The surrounding countryside of the band's hometown shows through in the spacious landscapes of sound found in their music. Speaking Suns allows for the listener to leisurely ease into it's catchiness. The soulful hooks are present, but they're not jumping out at you before you're ready for them -- nor is any one instrument favored over another. With the immediate success of their debut record Vanishing Country in 2014, and through the band's constant touring, Speaking Suns plans on releasing their second record, Range, in the summer of 2017 through Columbus-based record label, Anyway Records. 

The band consists of Jake Diebold (lead vocals, guitar), David Byrne (drums, vocals), Dylan Sage (bass,vocals), Sam Salazar (keys, vocals), and Jay Teilhet (guitar, multi-instrumentalist). 

"Speaking Suns is mindful of their audience. The independent pop outfit from Yellow Springs, Ohio, creates spacious landscapes of sound that allow the listener to leisurely ease into their catchy tracks. The soulful hooks are present, but they're not jumping out at you before you're ready for them. Nor is any one instrument favored over another. The band plays together with the efficiency and harmony of a beehive, complemented by such mantra-like lines as "I am unable to find a deeper meaning, it's an easy feeling." This is a band that, given the opportunity, will roam the hills and valleys of your headspace for days." ~ Yellow Springs News

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