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Resinaut. Left to right, drummer C.J. Haden, guitarist Matt Servenack, singer Joe Sinkovich and bassist Lucas Goleb.

Resinaut. Left to right, drummer C.J. Haden, guitarist Matt Servenack, singer Joe Sinkovich and bassist Lucas Goleb.

By Rick Polo (Editor-in-Chief)

As so goes the story of the Northeast Ohio music scene, as one musical titan falls, another rises in its place. Tighter. Meaner. And ready to take the scene into the next level. That is exactly the case Resinaut; Youngstown’s newest and grittiest arrival.

Resinaut brings a familiar sound with an added dynamic. Their unique blend of Sludge, Stoner and Acid Rock are capped off with a hint of the blues and a refreshing catchiness that is no easy feat in the said genres. Reminiscent of the Desert Rock scene of the early 90’s (including acts like Sleep and Kyuss), and with a nod to local sludge legends like Rebreather and Centrifuge, the band is quickly and proudly leading the pack of one of the area’s many most beloved sub-scenes.

The summer of 2014 saw several changes to staples along the area’s scene, with the unfortunate demise of Full Moon Canoe and Chapless Larry. However, from chaos bred creation, and the seeds were immediately planted for the birth of Resinaut.

“Matt (Servenack, guitar) actually brought us all together. Chapless Larry and Full Moon Canoe broke up on the same day, and then he called me,” said lead vocalist Joe “Joebob” Sinkovich.

“I put an ad up on Facebook, which rarely works, but Lucas responded within hours. We jammed once back in March with all of these same riffs. So when we all got together, he knew most of these riffs alreay,” added guitarist Matt Servenack.

The result was something hardly anyone could have expected. Resinaut formed, comprised of Sinkovich (ex-Chapless Larry) and Servenack (ex-Full Moon Canoe, Centrifuge) with bassist Lucas Goleb (ex-Mountains of Mars) and drummer C.J. Haden (Mississippi Gun Club).

The musical chemistry is not only present, but at the very forefront of the music itself. Songs like “Sleepwalker” and “Halt” perfectly showcase a band that is not only into their art, but having fun at the same time.

“It all really fell together real fast and real easy. Seven songs in two months,” said Sinkovich.

Goleb explained that despite close proximity and frequently crossing paths, this is the first time he has actually gotten to play with these musicians.

“C.J. and I are actually from the same general area, a few miles from one another. And we’ve always almost played in bands together. I’d go see his band or they would play with our band,” said Goleb.

Resinaut Shows

On Sept. 20, Resinaut exploded onto the scene, playing for a packed house on Supporting Your Local Music‘s one year anniversary party. Their high-energy assault of droning heavy metal and post-rock atmospheres hit right-to-the-point with instant crowd favorites “Oh Captain” and “Sleepwalker.” Other songs like “Halt” and “Through His Eyes” indicated the band’s unique chemistry, making the debut just as excited for the fans as it was for the band. The following week, they land a high-profile second gig opening for national touring act and Sludge legends Jucifer at the famous Now That’s Class in Cleveland.

Resinaut will mark their return to the area this Saturday, Oct. 18, at Cedars West End. From there, they will hit Chipper’s on Nov. 1 and perform in Erie, Peensylvania and Canton, Ohio by year’s end.

They are optimistic and indicated that they’re looking forward to reaching new audiences everywhere they play.

“People are still searching for something,” said Haden. “There’s a lot of good heavy music out there, it’s just nobody’s caught it yet.”

Lastly, they explained that they are big supporters of the local scene and are encouraging their peers to keep on writing, pushing and performing.

“It’s a good time for local music. We like to see diversity one these shows. No one wants to sit through four bands of the same kind of music, we like to see different bands helping each other out and hope to continue to see the scene grow,” said Sinkovich.

Resinaut will be performing at Cedars West End in Youngstown on Oct. 18 with The Days Before Empires, Baroque Monody and Cvttvnmvvth.

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By Frank Myers (Opinion Nation)

Another month in the books and a few of the shows that rocked my May to tell you about. So, I caught a few shows this past month, not quite as many as I’d of like to have made it out to, but the ones I did see I am very glad I caught. The music scene is pushing right along and taking no prisoners on it’s path . I am glad to see so many of the local bands putting in so much effort and time to keep the scene moving forward. A huge shoutout as well to all the touring bands that grace our stages throughout the year, greatly appreciated.

So, I kicked my month of music off one hell of a rock and roll party people!!! May started for me with The Spastic Hearts, The Idle Shades, and Voice of Addiction from Chicago. This show was a masterpiece of rock at its finest. The bands all pulled in a great turn out and Cedars provided the perfect venue for the show. The sound was on the money, the beers were cold and so was the bottle of Champagne I drank. The Turbo Lovers were billed to play but due to last minute circumstances were forced to back out, and they were missed on stage, but the Idle Shades stepped up and did their thing.

Big thank you to those guys, always willing to step up and lend a helping bass riff, drum beat, and kick ass song when needed. Voice of Addiction had an amazing set as well and had the crowd enjoying themselves. Also, a great group of guys off stage as well, would love to see them back in Youngstown in the future.

Then the Spastic Hearts owned the crowd and the stage as always, drawing everyone in with eyes I tell you!! But, seriously the music definitely speaks for itself with that band.

Cedars strikes yet again in May with another great show for everybody. This time it was Baroque Monody, Harnessing the Sun, and Pilot the Mind. Another great crowd, and just an all around good time. Harnessing the Sun started things off and rocked the stage with their own brand of rock and roll. Always looking so intent on mastering their set, while at the same time just having a great time up their performing for the fans. They were great as always.

Then Pilot the Mind played and drew a nice size crowd. The gave their version of a rock show and killed it. Keeping the momentum that Harnessing The Sun started going throughout their set.

Last that night was Baroque Monody, who just keeps getting better with every set. They played their hearts out and showed no problem taking the crowd for a journey with lyrics that give the feeling of personal situations and struggles in life. It is dark but at the same time just helps take your mind on a great rock and roll rollercoaster. The set was great, the whole night was amazing.

Chippers jumped into the ring with a great show of their own, featuring Deaf Eyes, New Diaries, Amnesty for Astronauts, Baroque Monody, and Token. I caught Deaf Eyes from about the middle to end of their set and thought they were pretty good. Didn’t get enough of it to give it a fair review unfortunately. Hopefully catch them in the near future though. Next up was New Diaries, whom did not exactly appeal to my taste in music. They did have a nice crowd of fans who were very much into what they were doing. They put on a strong set and stayed pretty steady in their style and performance. Kudos to them on that!! Keep up the hard work. Then Baroque Monody took stage. They did not let minor sound issues prevent them from giving 100% and doing what they needed to do to keep the crowd into the music.

Next was Amnesty for Astronauts, who bring an energy all their own to the stage and have a very care free, lets have a good time attitude. They too experienced some technical difficulties with the sound, but they kept the momentum, belting out the lyrics and keeping the energy thriving in that bar!! Unfortunately do to a prior engagement I did not get to catch any of Token’s set, I hope to also catch them very soon at another show.

All in all, despite the police presence on the roads due to it being a holiday weekend and the heat in the bar the crowd showed up and the bands rocked! The end of May I caught a bit of the Guilty Pleasures set at the boxcar lounge. My first time in the Boxcar Lounge located at the B&O station, nice little place I must say. The Guilty Pleasures were very entertaining as always and the crowd was into it. Never a bad night with these guys and gal playing. Definitely have to check them out some time. Well, just like May this is the end of this months recap. Hope you all enjoy and I hope to see you all out at future shows supporting the local scene !! Bands and venues included.

The Days Before Empires, left to right Devon Arend, Brad Witherstine and Billy Page. Photo courtesy of the band's official Facebook page.

The Days Before Empires, left to right Devon Arend, Brad Witherstine and Billy Page. Photo courtesy of the band’s official Facebook page.

By Rick Polo (Editor-in-Chief)

As the seeming endless pool of unique original talent continues to pour out of every corner of the MahoningValley, one trio is bringing the raw intensity of unrefined punk rock to the forefront.

The Days Before Empires, a new-to-the-scene three-piece punk outfit hailing from the likes of Salem, Ohio, is stripping it back to the bare bones of rock and roll. Consisting of Guitarist Brad Witherstine, bassist Billy Page and drummer Devon Arend, the trio take a simple yet powerful approach to their music. And while most major rock acts are racing to the controls of Auto Tune and ProTools, these Northeast Ohio punks just want to make pure, unfiltered rock and roll.

“We want to bring the raw energy of rock and punk back into focus,” said leader singer and guitarist Brad Witherstine.

Taking influence from Americana-punk act The Gaslight Anthem, contemporary punk masters Against Me! and Hot Water Music, and classics like Black Sabbath and Bruce Springsteen, The Days Before Empires look to make real music with a real message. Much like those whom they draw inspiration, the band have a knack for sonic blasts of energy with substance. Rather than worrying about what exactly it is to be punk in today’s musical climate, the band focuses on delivering powerful and heart felt anthems.

“It has to come from the heart. That’s where the best art begins, from the heart,” said Witherstine.

“Anything that really goes against the norm, that’s punk rock. Going your own way and doing things your way,” added Page.

Formed in 2011 by Witherstine, the band has evolved out of several incarnations and lineups. Witherstine and Page spent the next few years finding their sound. After parting ways with their founding drummer, the group’s final lineup was rounded out with Arend slamming behind the kit. As stated on the band’s official Facebook page:

“Arend brings a tight and aggressive drumming style to the mix.”

These points are proven with the bands live performances. Songs like “Holding Ground” and “Something In the Night” deliver the intensity of punk in a manner like that of Social Distortion, with thought-provoking lyrics that echo Against Me! On “Radio Streets,” a Gaslight Anthem-meets-Springsteen fist-pumper is employed, indicating that band’s capability of captivity it’s audience.

With a unique blend of originals and adapted covers, The Days Before Empires have already begun their assault on the scene. With highly anticipated live performances schedules for Chipper’s in Austintown, Ohio on March 15 and Fernengels Tavern in Salem, Ohio in Aoril, the buzz is continuing to build for the these new comer punks. However, as those who’ve witnessed their fury in the flesh, The Days Before Empires never disappoint.

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