Meet the Band: Shanna Delaney (vocals, tambourine); Eric Ling (rhythm guitar); Justin Rife (drums); Dan Corby (bass); Jesse Scaggs (lead guitar); Christopher Black (violin/viola, keys)
The New Line-up: Delaney and Ling met a few years ago while they were students at Kent State and subsequently formed the band about four years ago. But in the last year, they've had a number of line-up changes prior to recording their new album, The Reunion, last summer. "It's like a new band now," Delaney says.
Big at Bonnaroo: Last year, the band played Bonnaroo. While the group had to compete against jam icons Phish, who were playing the festival at the same time, it still attracted a decent crowd. "We were on the Miller Lite stage in the middle of the whole festival," says Delaney. "The Shins were finishing up on the stage next to us. It was kind of surreal, but it went really, really well. I was like, 'Oh God, please let me play well.' We had several hundred people there."
Why You Should Hear Them: The band's new album, The Reunion, could loosely be categorized as alt-country or indie pop and will appeal to both camps as Delaney evokes Neko Case in the moody ballad "We Grow Old." The band comes off a bit like indie rockers Rilo Kiley in the fiery "Poison Heirloom." "This record sounds more folk-rock than indie pop," Delaney says. "But that's what we do well. I feel like the folk elements suit us well. We've never tried to fit into any sort of hole at all. We just play what we like."
Where You Can Hear Them: wearebethesda.com
Where You Can See Them: Bethesda performs with A Band Named Ashes and Eddie Doldrum at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at Musica in Akron. — Jeff Niesel