Punks Care 2 Part II
- A family-friendly punk rock benefit show for the Freestore Foodbank! 13 Bands, Food Trucks, Kid’s DIY Space, and a Kid’s Punk Rock open mic! All ages!
- $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.
Down to hell and back again is one way to put the feeling behind a lot of the songs currently coming from Dead Man String Band fronted by Northern Kentucky's Rob McAllister. With songs of loss, persistence, and a little tongue in cheek.
Dead Man String Band has headlined the stage at Fountain Square (Cincinnati), played Bunbury Music Festival, headlined the CincyMusic Relaunch Party (2016), and is a staple in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati Music Scene.
In March of 2017 the first negative review of Black Tractor found it's way to the band. James Smith (not LL Cool J) from Dayton, Ohio sent the following message to the band's management after watching Black Tractor open for Jackyl...
"Wow! With out a doubt the worst thing I've ever witnessed. Lead vocalist is a ‘complete’ a__hole. Soul crushing trash!"
No one knows why James put quotes around complete. But we all appreciate how he spared us his vulgarity.
James' scathing review caused the band to sit down and reflect. After seriously thinking about what James had said the band set out to make their masterstroke. An album that would appeal to critics, drunks, and even the lofty musical pallette of James Smith of Dayton, Ohio.
Enter: "The Wonders Of The Invisible World"
"The Wonders Of The Invisible World" is Black Tractor's newest effort. Eleven songs of uncompromising artistry and verse. The band features a new rhythm section featuring bassist Buzz E. McBeerbringer (Crooked Rook, Another Tragedy) and Tungsten Steele (Bagg, The Scoundrels) on drums. The two players have brought a new vigor to the band even James from Dayton would find hard to defy.
The album is due for a mid to late 2018 release via Shotgun Casserole Records and will be available everywhere.
This author would be remiss if this biography of Black Tractor ended here. Rumors about the band's whereabouts have been swirling about the midwestern music scene for years. It is whispered the band fell on financial hard times in late 2009 and, in an attempt to relieve their financial woes, entered into employ with a struggling Evangelical traveling tent revival. The band was to serve as musical accompaniment and an orator after a fire had claimed the lives of two previous employees. It was here the band saw the money the revival was incurring. It was also here the carnal temptations of the road gripped the band. It is rumored that, in a violent haze of alcohol, christian boobs, cocaine and greed, the band beat their employer, leaving him for dead. Now they restlessly tour the countryside as some kind of heavy metal revival, extracting tax free money from innocent attendees in search of redemption and healing.
Religious fraud charges mount but somehow the band manages to stay ahead of the police and the FBI. They release an incredible album every eight years and keep up a relentless revival/touring schedule. If Buzz E. McBeerbringer, Rock High, El Sid, Tungsten Steele and The Right Reverend Johnny Potatoes come to your town, be warned. It looks like a heavy metal show. It feels like a heavy metal show. It even sounds like a heavy metal show. But know this: what once was a struggling Cincinnati heavy metal band, is now a band of callous criminals. Criminals whose sole purpose is to relieve you of your money, your girlfriend and your weed. My advice to you is stay home. The only thing one stands to gain at a Black Tractor show is an empty wallet, tinnitus and damnation.
That being said, "The Wonders Of The Invisible World,” the new full-length LP, is out summer 2018.
A great mixture to the sound with many influences from 70's punk, 60's garage, Proto-Punk, Blues...etc.