"We've been talking about it for a while," says singer-lyricist Jonny Sayre. "People kept saying they missed the band. Finally, we said we'd do it. We're a lot smarter now. We've been through the grinder and learned what to do and what not to do. And we're different people. Being in those other bands, we had a good run, but it wasn't working. It was very humbling."
The modern rockers' new lineup features Sayre, guitarist John Stepp, drummer Josh Adkins, and original sampler Nathan Morgan on bass. The band doesn't plan to use a sampler this time around, but is looking for a second guitarist. Sayre says the group's new material is more technical and aggressive. Erase the Grey plans to record an album this October with Cole Martinez (who produced Shenoah and Burning Vegas, and plays guitar in Forever Untouched and Years of Fire) and return to the stage by the end of the year.
The reunion scuttles Sayre's Burning Vegas project. Iris, Stepp, and Adkins' stoner-rock band, featuring members of Abdullah, plan to continue.
· Shenoah, which featured former Erase the Grey guitarist Vince DiFranco, has disbanded. DiFranco and drummer Matt Danko have moved on to the eclectic Sonic Transmissions project. Vocalist Rob Montague is now with screamo project This Mourning Memory, while recently departed Shenoah guitarist Jason Hager (ex-Chimaira, Ascension) has united with bassist Ben Hollowell (ex-Ringworm) in the metalcore Years of Fire. Shenoah plans to post its remaining tracks at www.myspace.com/shenoah.
· Cleveland will host the first Ingenuity Arts and Technology Festival Thursday, September 1, through Sunday, September 4. Local musicians, artists, and technologists will perform in venues all over the city, including Fat Fish Blue (21 Prospect Avenue), the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Road), and the Artmetro Gallery (530 Euclid Avenue). Musicians include Cle-rock kings Cobra Verde, rockabilly hell-raisers the Whiskey Daredevils, and DJs Doug Burkhart and Deviant. For a full schedule and a map, visit www.ingenuitycleveland.com.
· Mayor Jane Campbell has proclaimed Sunday, September 4, Michael Stanley and the Resonators Day. The band will headline the 10th Annual Taste of Cleveland at Tower City Amphitheater that night. This is his town, and now it's official.
· The Town Fryer (3859 Superior Avenue) will host its first Cleveland Roots and Americana Music Festival on Sunday, September 4, from 2 to 9 p.m. Live entertainment includes Hayshaker Jones, the Jack Fords, and Woodshed Mercy. The Fryer will also auction a night with Hayshaker Jones. And true to its name, the club will also sponsor a deep-fried-Oreo-eating contest. Mmmmm, deep-fried Oreos.
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