"I like the Yawns because what they do is hard to define," says Bomp owner Greg Shaw, who launched Who Put the Bomp magazine in the late '60s and later wrote for Rolling Stone and Creem. "It has clear roots in a lot of stuff I like, from the Velvets to Gram Parsons to Luna. I believe this is a band who will continue to grow and improve."
Shaw discovered the Yawns when a Bomp employee and friend of the band passed him a copy of Early, their full-length debut, released last year on the Chicago label Undertow Records. The Yawns began recording the new, as-yet-untitled LP with the Six Parts Seven's Tim Gerak in February, but halted when their money ran out. An advance from Bomp will allow them to finish the disc, which is slated for release in February or March.
"It's a lot of Americana and psychedelic rock," singer-guitarist Ben Gmetro says of the 80-minute album, which will feature 12 tracks. "And a lot of country -- 12-string guitars and pedal steel -- and electric guitars. It's a little more poppy, but there's also a few mellow songs, and it's heavier in parts. There's more of a range to this one.
"Greg considers this a stepping-stone to a larger label. He feels that this should be heard by more people, and that's our goal."
· Ripper Watch: Former Judas Priest vocalist and current Iced Earth frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has recorded a cover of Iron Maiden's "The Flight of Icarus" with Ronnie James Dio's backing band. The song is part of an as-yet-untitled, metal-star-studded Maiden tribute album slated for release in early 2005.
· The musicians' resource group SynthCleveland will present the 1922 classic silent film Nosferatu with a new live soundtrack Wednesday, October 20, at Rain nightclub (4142 Lorain Avenue). The vampire movie's score will be performed by SynthCleveland member bands the Scinema, Dust_head, Notech, Luigi-Bob Drake, Steven K. Smith, and Tofu. Show starts at 8 p.m.
· Chimaira will sign copies of its new DVD, The Dehumanizing Process, Tuesday, October 26, at Parma's Best Buy (7400 Brookpark Road), beginning at 4 p.m.
· Downtown danceteria Spy Bar (1261 West 6th Street) will offer a darker kind of glam the third Wednesday of every month. Necropolis, a goth-industrial night, debuts Wednesday, October 20, with two floors of danceable industrial, harsh BPM, downtempo, and other darkwave sounds. The grand opening will feature a late-night Halloween-costume contest.
· Aftershok, the vintage-metal band fronted by Shok Paris vocalist Vic Hix, has recorded an album for Cleveland's Auburn Records. Burning Chrome, Aftershok's second disc, is set for a fall release.