Stomping Grounds: Prisoners (Cleveland, Ohio)


Time for another Stomping Grounds, folks! This time we’re exploring the home of Prisoners, garage rock heroes from Cleveland, Ohio.

True to Cleveland’s blue-collar roots, Prisoners rock out with all the garage energy of teenage glory: noises crashing and colliding in mid-air in that chaotic, don’t-give-a-fuck kind of way that always sounds so good. We got a chance to ask Jason Look, guitarist and vocalist, a bit about what it’s like to live in the rock ‘n’ roll capital of the world. Read on to find out where to get the best burrito, and why Jason has a shirt that used to belong to Will Rigby.

What’s your town’s nickname?
The Forest City.
What’s your nickname for your town?
We just call it Cleveland.
Why do you live there?
Because it is cheap.
What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
The West Side Market.
What is your favorite local event/festival?
The Orange Jubilee.
What is the best time of year to be there?
The springtime is a real treat.
Who is your favorite local celebrity/personality?
Dick Goddard.
Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
The Euclid Tavern. Never crowded and cheap beer.
Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
The Grog Shop. It has Bee Thousand by Guided By Voices.
What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
The Happy Dog. Saw Bill Fox there this year.
What is your favorite local band?
What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
Chilli Peppers. Excellent burritos.
What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
Blue Arrow Records. A dB’s t-shirt that used to be Will Rigby’s.
What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
The Free Times.
What is your favorite local shop?
Value World.