"We're excited about this band," says Bandaloop chief Bill Hutchison, whose label has gained national airplay for the Cleveland metalcore outfit 13 Faces. "Roger Hoover is an unbelievably talented songwriter and lyricist, and the whole band is top-notch. The world really needs to hear these tunes."
Hoover, 25, was raised on a steady diet of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Johnny Cash. As a teenager, he released several cassettes and CDs of 1920s and '30s-style blues. Formed in 2001, the Whiskeyhounds sold out a 1,000-copy pressing of their debut album, Golden Gloves. The band plays regularly at the Beachland and the Northside in Akron.
The Bandaloop deal starts with a simultaneous late-fall release of Hoover's acoustic solo disc and a rerelease of 2002's Panic Blues, expanded to include rerecorded, electric, full-band versions of acoustic songs from the Hounds' debut. Following the release, the Hounds will hit the road and stay there.
"Bill and I are on the same terms," says Hoover. "We want to move to a bigger label eventually, and we want to tour constantly. It's terrible calling a club to book yourself. So now we have representation."
· Following a 13-band Halloween show at Peabody's (2083 E. 21st St.) Sunday, the American Werewolves will begin recording their second LP. "This one has tons and tons of hooks," says singer Trevor Moment. "There are some faster songs, but it's getting away from hardcore. Pretty much the only thing I listen to is doo-wop and oldies, so I think this record will have a way more violent '50s sound." The band's recent split-release 7-inch with Texas's Phantom Pains (also part of the Peabody's Halloween show) is selling briskly on www.Interpunk.com.
· Canton's WRQK-FM Rock 107 is accepting submissions to be featured on Local Licks, its two-hour local music show, which airs on Sunday nights. Send your bio, CD, and contact info to Local Licks, c/o WRQK, 4111 Martindale Rd. NE, Canton, OH 44705, attn: Joe Kleon. Bands can send links to email@example.com.
· Spooky Cleveland soundscapists Midnight Syndicate are at work on their next CD, tentatively titled The 13th Hour. The disc takes listeners further into the Haverghast family mansion featured in 2001's Gates of Delirium. The Syndicate's work is being featured in over 1,000 haunted houses across the country.
· Fractured Transmitter Records has posted the track "Famine Ghost" from the Alter Boys, a group featuring Transmitter CEO Jason Popson, his Unified Culture bandmates Craig and Mike Martini, Spudmonsters/Pro-Pain drummer Eric Matthews, and members of Maryland's Dog Fashion Disco. The track, available for download at www.fracturedtransmitter.com, will be on the Boys' forthcoming debut, due in February. "It's like Frank Zappa meets P-Funk," says Popson.