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The inaugural Not Much More Than Awesome Again Fest is set to debut at Dayton, Ohio’s Yellow Cab Tavern on March 3 and 4. The fest, which is hosted by Dayton indie rockers The 1984 Draft, will include performances by:

Haymarket Riot (Chicago)
Blind Rage (Dayton)
Forage (Dayton)
Kill Surf City (Indiana)
Primitives (Columbus)
XL427 (Dayton)
Tender Mercy (Louisville)
Smug Brothers (Dayton)
Yardboss (Dayton)
Actual Form (Akron)
NOVAGOLD (Dayton)

The 1984 Draft will headline both nights.

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/260911547676390/?active_tab=about

The 1984 Draft, which includes drummer Justin Satinover, guitarist Eli Alban, and bassist Charles Heck, are a passionate quartet that channels alt-folk sensibilities through a ‘90s emo and indie lens. 2016 has been a huge year for the band, who among other things, played shows supporting Tim Easton, Beach Slang, Potty Mouth, Hawthorne Heights, Maps and Atlases and Daniel Martin Moore.

Ghettoblaster caught up with vocalist/guitarist Joe Anderl to ask about his favorite records of 2016. This is what he told us.

Bob Mould – Patch the Sky

The last few Bob Mould solo records come the closest to revisiting the structure and tone of his work with Sugar.  That is A-OK by me.

Beach Slang – A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

James Alex continues to be one of the most positive and uplifting songwriters today.

The Gunshy – Porterhouse

Matt Arbogast has put together a great cast to join him for this release.   One of my favorite Gunshy releases to date

Ok Lindon – Changes

Great songwriting and melodies on this latest in the Poptek Catalog

Tender Mercy – It Was You

Great minimalist atmospheric expression.  Perfect for those cold rainy winter days

Bon Iver – 22, a million

Expansive and challenging.  Still digesting the myriad of sounds and effects being used

Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack

I could listen to Scott sing the phone book and be happy.

By Light We Loom – Caught in the Tide

This husband wife / duo is quickly becoming one of my favorite Ohio acts.

John K. Samson – Winter Wheat

Finest lyricist in the game.

Adam Torres – Pearls to Swine

The voice.  Wow.

(Visit the band here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The1984Draft

Band Camp: http://the1984draft.bandcamp.com/)

Ohio-based indie rockers The 1984 Draft have announced several group/solo outings for the summer and fall of 2016 supporting Beach Slang, Hawthorne Heights, Maps and Atlases, The Tweens and more. Those dates are as follows:

Wednesday, June 22 – The Yellow Cab – Dayton, OH – w/ Tim Easton (Joe Anderl solo)

Friday, July 8 – Port City Music Club – Portland, ME w/ Beach Slang and Potty Mouth (Joe Anderl solo)

Saturday, July 23 – The Yellow Cab – Dayton, OH – w/ Hawthorne Heights and more

Sunday, July 24 – Jimmies Ladder 11 – Dayton, OH w/ Kevin Milner

Friday, September 2 – Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH w/ The Pinkertones

Friday / Saturday, Sept 16-17 – Dayton Music Art and Film Festival – w/ Maps and Atlases, The Tweens, Daniel Martin Moore, Paleface, Keeps, and more

Additionally, Anderl’s ’90s era ska band, Krusty Watch Guys is playing a reunion show at Blind Bob’s in Dayton, Friday, June 24 with Duderus, Dip Spit and The Linus Method.

The 1984 Draft, in particular its primary singer/songwriter Joe Anderl, has enjoyed the opportunity to support a broad and diverse a list of nationally and internationally recognized musicians over 20 years as a singer/songwriter. To name just a representative sample, he’s supported everyone from indie rock heavies like Maritime, The New Amsterdams, The Wrens, Murder By Death, Limbeck and Ink and Dagger, to celebrated songwriters like John Vanderslice, Richard Buckner, party rocker Andrew WK, and even hardcore heavies Everytime I Die and H2O. He’s also toured regionally and nationally alongside Adam Torres (Fat Possum) and The Gunshy (Sleep Recordings), and as a member of The Kyle Sowashes (Anyway Records) and Waking Kills The Dream (ex-Morning Again, ex-Twelve Tribes, Goodlife Recordings)

His current project The 1984 Draft, which includes drummer Justin Satinover, guitarist Eli Alban, and bassist Charles Heck, are a passionate quartet that channels alt-folk sensibilities through a ‘90s emo and indie lens. This is definitely recommended for fans of The Replacements, Smoking Popes, Soul Asylum, Sugar and Cheap Girls.

In 2014, The 1984 Draft released their latest EP, Bo Jackson Up The Middle, via We Want Action (84 Nash, She Bears, Tiara). The EP was recorded at Popside Studio with Micah Carli (former guitarist for Hawthorne Heights) in mid-January, 2014.

The band premiered a video teaser for “Clear Heads Full Hearts” produced and directed by Mike Postalakis, who has been responsible for videos from Guided By Voices, Wussy, Swearing at Motorists, DTCV and more.

Their EP saw the light of day in advance of the release of an NFL Network documentary on the actual 1984 NFL Draft, in which the band is featured. NFL Films captured them live in the band’s hometown on January 10, 2014. The documentary aired on April 30, 2014 on the NFL Network.

2015 found The 1984 Draft as one of 24 Ohio bands being featured on the 10th anniversary Aquabear Legion double vinyl compilation, and they released an EP on November 6 on Gas Daddy Go! (GBV, Swearing at Motorists, Smug Brothers) titled Heisman Trophy Winner.

(Visit the band here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The1984Draft

Band Camp: http://the1984draft.bandcamp.com/)

At the height of the ‘90s ska boom, a group of friends from Beavercreek High School in Dayton, Ohio, put their creative and musical heads together to form a ska, swing outfit unlike the city had seen before, and has likely seen since, Krusty Watch Guys. The group became a significant fixture of the local music scene and even managed to secure second place in the Dayton Band Playoffs, once won by another group of Beavercreek High School grads, and celebrated indie rock heroes, Brainiac.

With the majority of the group’s 20th high school reunion around the corner, they’ve decided to dust off their wingtips and clear out their spit valves for a home town blowout at Blind Bob’s. Ghettoblaster caught up with members of the band, singer Joe Anderl and bassist Tim Hackett, to take a stroll down memory lane and talk about why they’ve decided to “pick it up” again.

How did the Krusty Watch Guys form and what did you accomplish when you were active in the ’90s?

Tim Hackett: KWG formed in the fall of 1994. We were all involved in the high school showchoir, of all things. Joe Anderl sang in the choir, and Kris Swanson, Chris Erin, Nick Schroeder, and I played in the combo group. In the spring of 1995, we recorded our first six-song demo in Chris’s basement, and our first major gig was playing our junior prom. We enlisted the talents of Chuck Hague on keyboard for that show, but he did not become a permanent fixture in the band.

Joe Anderl: We did a few originals but mostly covers for that show. I don’t think it went over that well because we didn’t play enough slow jams.

Tim Hackett: In the summer of 1995, we entered the Dayton Band Playoffs and lost in the first round, but out of the experience we were given more opportunities for paying gigs. By the winter of 95-96, we were rehearsing regularly, added Steve Polesky to horn section, and we recorded another six-song demo at Steve Van Etten’s basement studio in February 1996.

In the summer of 1996, we recorded another two songs at FJM and again entered the Dayton Band Playoffs. This year, we embarked on a magical run all the way to the final show at Fraze Pavilion, only to finish in second place. Around this time, we added Reid Davis and Rahul Mehan to beef up the horn section. Rahul and Nick Harris helped fill in on bass while I was unable to make it home for the fourth round matchup.

Joe Anderl: For a bunch of high school nerds, it was a pretty great experience to get to play on a stage as big as Fraze and with two great bands in Gulliver’s Traveling Medicine Show (champion) and Life in The Circus.

Tim Hackett: In the fall of 1996, the core of the band (basically everyone but Joe) had graduated and moved on to college at separate places. We reconvened on breaks for shows and rehearsals, and in the summer of 1997, we recorded a full-length album at Refraze. We also added Noah Belamy to the horn lineup. We enlisted Ian Kaplan (Motel Beds) to fill in occasionally on drums when Nick Schroeder was away for military commitments.

Unfortunately, by the fall of 1997, Joe left the group as we were moving in different directions musically. The remaining members continued playing under the name Charlie Hustle for the next 18 months or so, again only on breaks and during summers, but ultimately by early 1999 the group had officially broken up.

Joe Anderl: Over the course of our run we got to play some pretty cool shows with Remy Zero, Funk Allegiance, John Mullins, The Beatdowns, and others. Canal Street served as our home base and Mick Montgomery was really instrumental in us learning how to be a band. I know I am grateful for everything he did for me and us over the years.

What was the musical landscape like in Dayton in the ’90s and how did you fit into that?

Tim Hackett: By the 1990s Dayton was already known as a hotbed of local music. Bands like Guided by Voices, Brainiac, and the Breeders achieved international acclaim. Needless to say, the market was competitive. However, we were young and didn’t know any better, and the third wave of ska made the genre more accessible to suburban America, so we went with it. We were lucky to develop a following that at first was mostly just family and friends.

Joe Anderl: We were pretty active in not only playing back then but attending every show we could. I am pretty sure we never missed a Know Nothings show. Dayton was a pretty special place to cut your teeth in the ‘90s. We had no idea what we were doing but are glad we got to play in the era of such great bands as Honeyburn, A Ten O clock Scholar, Brainiac, etc.

What material did you release when you were active and what were the circumstances surrounding those releases?

Tim Hackett: The only album we “released” was out full-length, Cracko Jacko, in 1997. 1,000 copies were made, but sadly, we were never picked up by any record companies for distribution. We made 100s of copies of our other demo recordings, all on cassette.

Joe Anderl: The cassettes were kind of fun because we literally dubbed them all individually. It took hours but we were just really excited to have something to share with our friends.

What would you say your favorite accomplishments as a band were?

Tim Hackett: Our proudest moments as a band were reaching the Dayton Band Playoffs final round in 1996 and recording the album. Performing at Fraze was an unforgettable experience, especially given our age at the time (17-18 years old). The album was definitely a labor of love, but not without its tense moments among the group. I might have been partly responsible for that.

When and under what circumstances did KWG call it quits?

Tim Hackett: At the end of summer 1997, we played our last show together at the Daily Grind on Brown St. There was a mutual decision for Joe to leave the band as we had grown apart musically. While the rest of us were convinced ska would be popular forever, Joe was interested in creating his own path as a singer-songwriter.

Joe Anderl: In all honesty, it was just hard with everyone living different places. I really just wanted to continue to play music on a regular basis, which was hard in that situation. These guys had been my best friends so it wasn’t a decision that was very easy, but I think it was right at the time.

Whose idea was it to reform for a reunion show?

Tim Hackett: Ever since we broke up there was always talk of a reunion show. We have all remained fairly close friends, especially thanks to e-mail, the Internet, and now Facebook.

Joe Anderl: I think I always took it is as a joke. I never thought I would be singing these songs 20 years later. When Nick came to me a couple years ago, I actually started to take the idea seriously and things kind of fell into place.

Why now in 2016?

Tim Hackett : It just so happens to fall on the eve of our 20th high school reunion. Well for everyone except Joe, who graduated a year later, and Noah, who graduated a year earlier and went to a different school.

Are all of KWG’s various members participating in the show?

Tim Hackett: As of right now, Nick (Schroeder), Kris Swanson, Joe, Rahul, Steve, and I have confirmed. Chris Erin won’t be able to make it. Noah also hopes to be there, but his summers these days are spent as a drum and bugle corps instructor. Reid unfortunately will not be able to come as he recuperates from major surgery at his home in Oakland, California.

What can fans expect from the reunion show?

Tim Hackett: A good time. We hope to play a lot of the familiar favorites, including most of the songs from our full-length, as well as a couple of earlier one from the demos. Now that we are 20 years older, we ourselves have almost literally become like the Krusty Watch Guy who became the inspiration for the band’s name. Hopefully we don’t suck.

Joe Anderl: My mom made me a special bowtie for the show, so there’s that. We will also have limited edition shirts and stickers for the show. I just hope people get to relive a little bit of their younger days for a night, including us.

Who will be supporting the show?

Tim Hackett: Fortunately, Joe has remained very connected to the Dayton music scene, as he performs solo shows as well as with his band The 1984 Draft on a regular basis. We are very grateful to Blind Bob’s for providing the venue. Also, we are very appreciative of Dip Spit, Duderus, and The Linus Method, who are also reuniting, for sharing the stage with us.

Joe Anderl: I’m pretty pumped for the support on this show. I think Dip Spit will definitely bring the party. Duderus is the type of band we would have played with in the ‘90s and I love those guys/girl; they are some really sweet people. The Linus Method is Shane Weber from O Condor and Steve Hubertz from The Give Ups high school band so it will be cool to see them do some of those songs again. Mainly we just wanted support that would fit the fun tone of the night.

How long will it be before another KWG show?

Tim Hackett: Who knows? Hopefully sooner than later. If nothing else we’ll try to do it again in another 20 years. Ska will be popular again by then, right?

Joe Anderl: I guess we can never say never since we are doing this one.

(Krusty Watch Guys perform at Blind Bob’s in Dayton, Ohio on Friday, June 24, with support from Dip Spit, Duderus and The Linus Method. More information is available here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1711725042437201.)

Passionate, Dayton, Ohio-based indie quartet The 1984 Draft releases their Heisman Trophy Winner EP via Gas Daddy Go! on November 6. The band, who channels alt-folk sensibilities through a ‘90s emo and indie lens, is recommended for fans of The Replacements, Beach Slang, The Smoking Popes, Sugar and Cheap Girls.

For those unfamiliar with The 1984 Draft, or its primary singer/songwriter Joe Anderl, few Dayton, Ohio-based musicians have enjoyed the opportunity to support as broad and diverse a list of nationally and internationally recognized musicians as Anderl has with his various projects. To name just a representative sample, he’s supported everyone from indie rock heavies like Maritime, The New Amsterdams, The Wrens, Murder By Death, Limbeck and Ink and Dagger, to celebrated songwriters like John Vanderslice, Richard Buckner, party rocker Andrew WK, and even hardcore heavies Everytime I Die and H2O.  He’s also toured alongside The Gunshy (Chicago), Adam Torres’ Nostra Nova (Austin) and Tender Mercy (Louisville).

His current project, The 1984 Draft, includes powerhouse drummer Justin Satinover, studied axe-man Eli Alban, and bassist Charles “Chip” Heck  (Larry Evans of Dayton powerhouse Smug Brothers provides bass on “Heisman Trophy Winner”).

In 2014, The 1984 Draft released their EP, Bo Jackson Up The Middle, via We Want Action (84 Nash, She Bears, Tiara). The EP was recorded at Popside Studio with Micah Carli (guitarist for Hawthorne Heights) in mid-January 2014.

The band also premiered a video teaser for “Clear Heads Full Hearts” produced and directed by Mike Postalakis, who has been responsible for videos from Guided By Voices, Wussy, Swearing at Motorists, DTCV and more.

Their EP saw the light of day in advance of the release of an NFL Network documentary on the actual 1984 NFL Draft, in which the band is featured. NFL Films captured them live in the band’s hometown on January 10, 2014. The documentary aired on April 30 on the NFL Network.

2015 finds The 1984 Draft as one of 24 Ohio bands featured on the 10th anniversary Aquabear Legion double vinyl compilation and releasing an EP, Heisman Trophy Winner, on November 6 on Gas Daddy Go! (GBV, Swearing at Motorists, Smug Brothers) titled Heisman Trophy Winner.  Early in 2016, the band plans to release an LP, titled Return to Tall Boy Mountain Again, and another EP, Makes Good Choices.

Today, The 1984 Draft celebrate the EP’s release by sharing “War Of One” with Ghettoblaster. This is what Anderl had to say about it:

“On this song, I really wanted to write something that would give Eli a chance to show off his guitar chops and have a little fun.  This one is more of a rocker for us, heavily influenced by the bands from Athens, Ohio in the mid ’90s, particularly Appalachian Death Ride and Geraldine.  From a lyrical perspective, I started with an idea from reality and the story grew from things I experienced in the past and present.”

Catch the band live:

November 6, Spacebar, Columbus, Ohio with The Easy Pieces, Methematics, The Left Hooks

November 7, Blind Bob’s, Dayton, Ohio with The Left Hooks, Cliffs, Bribing Senators

The 1984 Draft
The 1984 Draft

Dayton, Ohio’s The 1984 Draft recently released a video for “Scarlet and Cream” from their 2014 Bo Jackson Up The Middle EP (We Want Action). The EP was recorded in early 2014 with Micah Carli at Popside Recordings.

Video footage was shot by singer/guitarist Joe Anderl during a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska in late 2014.

For those not in the know, the band’s name pays tribute to the NFL draft where two University of Nebraska Cornhuskers were the first and second draft pics.

Enjoy it here:

In addition, The 1984 Draft recently added bass player Larry Evans (also of Smug Brothers) to their live line up.

Catch Joe Anderl solo and The 1984 Draft live here:

2/12/15 – Louisiville, KY (Joe Anderl from The Draft solo), Astro Black – w/ Tender Mercy, Brandon Butler (Boys Life, Canyon), Chris Martin

3/13/15 – Columbus, OH – The TreeBar w/ The Mitchells, Frontier Folk Nebraska

The 1984 Draft
The 1984 Draft

2014 was a huge year for Dayton, Ohio rock heroes The 1984 Draft. On April 1, the band released their latest EP, Bo Jackson Up The Middle, via We Want Action (84 Nash, She Bears, Tiara).  The EP, a The Replacements, Bob Mould, and Smoking Popes leaning affair, was recorded at Popside Studio with Micah Carli (guitarist for Hawthorne Heights) in mid-January 2014.

The EP saw the light of day in advance of the release of an NFL Network documentary on the actual 1984 NFL Draft, in which the band is featured.  NFL Films captured them live in the band’s hometown on January 10, 2014 and the documentary aired on April 30 at 10 pm on the NFL Network.

While I did not necessarily purchase a ton of music released this past year, I did find myself discovering some albums from the past few years that I had missed. That being said I have put together my top 10 list based on the albums that really got me in 2014.

10. Jason Isbell – Southeastern (2013) – I admit there are a few duds on this album, but songs like “Cover Me Up” and “Live Oak” fully make up for it. Plus I am a sucker for genuine southern drawl.

9. Cliffs – Saturation (2013) – We have had the chance to play with Cliffs twice in the last year and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite Columbus bands. This album is gritty. Kind of reminds me of an indie rock version of Iron Chic. This album is great start to finish.

8. The Raging Nathans – Losing It (2014) – Sometimes you need to feel like a kid again. Sometimes you need a little punk and angst in your life to get back the edge back after sitting in a cubicle all day. The Raging Nathans are that edge for me. “Tooth Song” is my jam on this record.

7. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze (2013) – When I need to get lost for a while I put on this album and just drift through the haze of fuzzed out guitars. Not sure I ever want to see it live, but this is the perfect album for a fall or winter walk or a lazy Sunday afternoon.

6. Meridian – Aging Truths (2012) – I was familiar with Max Stern’s previous body of work with his full band Signals Midwest. I was fortunate to play with him on his last tour with The Gunshy and was introduced to this album. Max is a gem of a songwriter and this album proves it. This album is full of great melodies. I now don’t know which I like better, Signals Midwest or Meridian. I guess I’ll just have to enjoy his songwriting as a whole. I look forward to listening to more of his catalog.

5. Tender Mercy – As Someone Else You Embrace The Moment In Us (2014) – I had the chance to do a run of shows with Tender Mercy this spring. Mark Kramer is an amazing dude who maximizes his minimalistic sound to deliver beautiful sentiments. This EP is a perfect example of that.

4. Cheap Girls – Famous Graves (2014) – Despite waiting an extremely long time to receive the vinyl release of this album, Cheap Girls don’t disappoint. Basically, they take all of my favorite parts from bands like The Smoking Popes and Superchunk, and put them into a perfectly placed three-minute song. This would have been higher on my list if I probably hadn’t overkilled it right off the bat. I want to eat pizza and drink Pabst with this band.

3. Swearing at Motorists – While laughing the Joker tells the Truth (2014) – Dave Doughman writes perfect short pop songs. I could listen to his voice all day. Throw on top of this release, the videos of director Mike Postalakis for this album and this is a perfect introduction for “The World’s Local Band.” “Groundhog Day (Damn the Piper)” is my choice hit.

2.   Mike Adams at his Honest Weight – Best of the Boiler Room Classics (2014) – I have to thank my girlfriend for introducing me to Mike Adams. His live show was the best I saw this year and this album brings me the same joy of being able to recreate that night over and over again in my head. Add on top of it that Mike is probably one of the nicest men in rock and roll today. Number 2 with a bullet.

  1. Bob Mould – Beauty and Ruin (2014) – Make no mistake, I love Bob Mould. Give me Husker Du and Sugar any day of the week. This year I really made a dive into Bob Mould’s solo material. I revisited album’s like Workbook, which pushed me to buy his latest release. I have to say, this is my favorite Bob Mould record since Copper Blue. The song “The War” was enough alone to push this to number 1 on my list.

(The 1984 Draft’s EP is available via iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bo-jackson-up-middle-single/id836437528, Spotify, eMusic, Rhapsody, and Amazon.)

The Sound Check Chat podcast with The 1984 Draft, went live on April 1 via iTunes and Stitcher.  This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Ghettoblaster Magazine, YouIndie.com and Frame Jump Music Videos.

Access the podcast here: http://www.soundcheckchat.com/4 or https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sound-check-chat-music-lovers/id841331756?mt=2

Dayton-based rock band The 1984 Draft released their latest EP, Bo Jackson Up The Middle, via We Want Action (84 Nash, She Bears, Tiara).  The EP was recorded at Popside Studio with Micah Carli (guitarist for Hawthorne Heights) in mid-January, 2014. The EP sees the light of day in advance of the release of an NFL Network documentary on the actual 1984 NFL Draft, in which the band is featured.  NFL Films captured them live in the band’s hometown on January 10, 2014.  The documentary airs on April 30 at 10 pm on the NFL Network.

The band have also premiered a video teaser for “Clear Heads Full Hearts” produced and directed by Mike Postalakis, who has been responsible for videos from Guided By Voices, DTCV and more. The video is available here: http://ghettoblastermagazine.com/2014/video-premiere-the-1984-draft-clear-heads-full-hearts/

On March 15, 2014, the podcast and Sound Check Chat website (http://www.soundcheckchat.com) launched.  The initial podcasts included interviews with one-half of Insane Clown Posse, Violent J, and Hawthorne Heights guitarist/frontman and solo artist JT Woodruff, and Benjamin Laub, aka Rhymesayers Entertainment’s Grieves.

Future podcasts currently in production include Buffalo Killers and Circle Takes The Square.

Download the podcast at iTunes here: http://goo.gl/cIF7G0 or ?https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sound-check-chat-music-lovers/id841331756