Gramercy Arms: Deleted Scenes [Album Review]

Gramercy ArmsDeleted ScenesMagic Door Record Label [2023] Gramercy Arms is a NYC musical collective brought together around the songwriting of Dave Derby, who keeps the focus of this third album locked in on polished power/pop that’s inspired, as the band bio says, “by the artistic heyday of the 70’s and 80’s-era.” Derby sings, plays guitar … Read more

ESP Ohio: Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean [Album Review]

ESP Ohio Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean GBV, Inc. [2016] Fire Note Says: With three members of the current Guided By Voices line-up, ESP Ohio offers many rewards. Album Review: When news broke that Doug Gillard was rejoining Guided By Voices earlier this year (after ten years in the wilderness of playing with Nada … Read more

The Friday Fire Track: ESP Ohio – “Royal Cyclopean”

If you are a Robert Pollard fan then your mind blew when you heard the news about ESP Ohio. The new Pollard project reunites him with guitarist Doug Gillard (Nada Surf, Guided By Voices) which has historically yielded some great indie pop moments. ESP Ohio also adds current GBV bassist Mark Shue (Beech Creeps) and … Read more

The Club is Open Again! Guided By Voices – Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH 5/16/2014 [Concert Review]

I came WAY late to the GBV party: by the time I caught on to the band’s greatness, the reunited “classic lineup” had already released four albums, and it looked like that might be all we got from them. (I proceeded to procure a massive collection of all things GBV, Pollard, and his various side … Read more

Doug Gillard: Parade On [Album Review]

Doug Gillard Parade On Nine Mile Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Parade On perfectly showcases Gillard’s multi instrumental skills and catchy melodies. Album Review: I have said it before, and I will say it again, there aren’t many rock guitar players who can hold a candle to Doug Gillard. I am going to go ahead … Read more

Death Of Samantha: If Memory Serves Us Well [Album Review]

Death Of Samantha If Memory Serves Us Well St. Valentine Records [2014] Fire Note Says: If Memory Serves Us Well is a fierce reminder of why this band is so fondly remembered. Album Review: Death of Samantha are one of a handful of influential Cleveland bands that are more likely to have been heard of … Read more

Doug Gillard: Breaking In Two b/w So Much More [7-Inch Feature]

Doug Gillard Breaking In Two b/w So Much More 347 Records [2011] Doug Gillard is a talented guitarist and songwriter who has performed with a lengthy list of bands and artists with some of the most notable being Guided By Voices, Death Of Samantha, Gem, Lifeguards and Cobra Verde. He currently is the active touring … Read more