Terminal Union
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Terminal Union

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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"CityBeat Profile on "Have Another Round (Courtesy of the CPD)"

The recently formed Roots/Americana/AltCountry duo Terminal Union has recorded a song inspired by Bones and the sketchy circumstances surrounding the shooting. Members David Faul and Ian Mathieu weren’t best buddies with Bones, but the levity of the situation — and literal proximity to it — moved them to construct the song. With melancholic harmonica, percolating banjo and rich, expressive vocals, “Have Another Round” is an excellent, pure expression of the sadness, confusion and outrage that followed Bones way-too-early passing.

While Faul had never met Bones, Mathieu (a local music vet who recently relocated back to Cincinnati after some time in Nashville) had seen him perform when he was in bands during the ’90s and had a few drinks with him in the weeks leading up to his death. Mathieu was also living in Northside within a couple hundred feet of where the shooting occurred in early April. Faul says Mathieu woke up amidst the early morning commotion and looked down as paramedics drove up, checked the body and left in less than a minute.

Mathieu knew someone had died and the next morning he saw the reports that it was a police shooting. Faul says between that and the media retrospectives about the 10th anniversary of the police shooting of Timothy Thomas that sparked widespread unrest in Cincinnati had pushed Mathieu to begin writing a verse for a song. For more material and perspective, Mathieu attended the initial police press conference about the shooting. That’s when he found out it was Bones who had been killed.

“He was very put off that it just seemed like another day at the office for everyone attending the press conference,” Faul says. “This is what really got (Ian) worked up and inspired him that this was a song he needed to finish.”

Give “Have Another Round” a listen below and on Terminal Union’s ReverbNation page

- CityBeat


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Terminal Union – New, Cincinnati Based – Americana/Alt Country Band

Coming together in February 2011, Ian Mathieu and David Faul met through a mutual friend and fellow musician. With an instant liking for the same musical style and unprecedented chemistry, Ian quickly packed up his home in Nashville and moved back to the Queen City.

In the first few months, they spent over 40 hours a week playing music, swapping war stories, writing songs and chain smoking whatever they had on hand. The duo quickly discovered that their iPods were not far from identical, with each of their favorite alt country and Americana bands - Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, Hayes Carll, Bottle Rockets and local favorites such as The Hiders and The Tillers – residing harmoniously on both devices.

At the most granular level, Terminal Union is passionate about songwriting. The songs set Terminal Union apart from other groups.

The recent collaboration, "Have Another Round," is a tribute to the late David "Bones" Hebert. Ian was living in Northside when the incident happened 200 feet from his bedroom window. After witnessing the aftermath and the continuing saga of the situation, Ian and David felt compelled to write the song. They are great songwriting partners – easily bouncing ideas with zero filter – resulting in a profound, raw sound.

Additionally, the amount of musical ground covered by Terminal Union is extremely noteworthy. It is not uncommon to feel like you're in a music store when attending a show. The stage is littered with instruments including banjo, piano, bass, mandolin, guitars and half a dozen harmonicas.

Since its inception, Terminal Union has rapidly made ground with the online community. In addition to receiving rave reviews from live shows, it has quickly climbed the Reverb Nation charts and has secured a top five spot in the Cincinnati folk chart. The group is relentless when it comes to promotion, doing whatever it takes to drive fans to its Facebook and ReverbNation pages whether that be new material, videos, current news or upcoming shows. They are consistently striving to give their fans what they want.

2011 is going to be big for Terminal Union. With shows already booked, you are sure to see them out showcasing their brand of Americana. If you can't wait until then, be sure to check them out on ReverbNation, Facebook and Sonicbids.