Erase the Band

A promising modern rock group calls it quits.

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Shonen Knife bassist Michie Nakatani was all smiles - at the Beachland October 23. - Walter  Novak
Shonen Knife bassist Michie Nakatani was all smiles at the Beachland October 23.
After a brief major-label roll in the hay, local hard rockers Erase the Grey have announced their breakup.

"I started this band with the hopes of writing great music, getting signed, and getting out there to see the world," frontman Jon Sayre said, in a posting on the band's website. "We accomplished a great deal of that."

Signed last year to Universal/ Republic Records, the band cut a single EP, then was one of many roster cuts made by the label, part of an industry-wide belt-tightening.

Guitarist John Stepp and drummer Josh Adkins will rekindle their old band, the experimental rock outfit Apparatus. Sayre, programmer Jeff Butchko, and guitarist Vinny DiFranco will continue in a more melodic direction with Shenoah, along with Ringworm bassist Ben Hollowell and ex-Chimaira guitarist Jason Hager.

· Clevocore on tour: 13 Faces won over a tough crowd at last week's Superjoint Ritual/DevilDriver show, a brutal old-school-crossover revival at the Agora. Look for more of the same in their opening slot on Mushroomhead's Michigan to Virginia to Boston tour.

Also hitting the road are fellow hardcore revivalists Ringworm. Supporting the expanded reissue of 1993's landmark metalcore LP The Promise, the band has been tapped to open Hatebreed's annual Jailhouse Rock tour, warming up for the white-hot Connecticut combo and immortal N.Y. hardcore kings Agnostic Front on three Southwest dates between November 30 and December 6.

Modern-hardcore pioneers Integrity are celebrating their recent return to crushing form, mounting a nationwide trek -- no dates anywhere close to Cleveland -- with the Agony Scene and On Broken Wings.

· Local garage-rock favorites the Subtones have reunited. The band disbanded in 2000 after a consistent string of singles and LPs through the '90s, including 1996's Motor City Kills. Singer-guitarist C.J. Gunn has been playing guitar in Marky Ramone's band; the 'Tones will join Ramone's other recent act, the Misfits, in the post-Halloween fiend fest, November 6 at Peabody's. The new lineup includes Venus in Flames frontwoman Holly Berry on guitar, along with Vince Smithhiser, bassist for the Cleveland deadly metallers Blessed Sickness. The group is planning a series of area gigs to support the new CD Crash Diet, its first since 1997.

· Mushroomhead celebrated its 10th anniversary as a band Thursday, October 23, with a private party at Peabodys. The (un)masked men attended in civilian fatigues and didnt play. Friends of the band provided three fistfuls of metal for entertainment. NDE, AKA, and 13 Faces played short, loud sets. You gotta love Mushroomhead, said Faces singer Rob Runt, who praised them as fathers of the local metal scene. They brought something to Cleveland that no one thought to bring.

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