- Don Thrasher Contributing Writer
For international music fans, Dayton is most known for the rich funk scene that birthed now classic acts like Ohio Players, Zapp, Slave and Sun.
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The region has also been home to jazz singers like Little Miss Cornshucks, bluegrass musicians like Red Allen and ’60s rockers like the Lemon Pipers. In the late ’70s, local innovators like Toxic Reasons and Dementia Precox helped create the indie rock scene that served as the launch pad for these five internationally known modern rock acts.
GUIDED BY VOICES
Style: lo-fi, indie rock
Sample these songs: “Echos Myron,” “My Valuable Hunting Knife,” “Hold On Hope,” “Class Clown Spots a UFO”
Status: Sole founding member Robert Pollard has broken up the band several times and revived it. He is currently playing shows with a new lineup supporting Guided By Voices’ recently released double album, “August By Cake.”
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Style: modern rock
Sample these songs: “Cannonball,” “Divine Hammer,” “Full on Idle,” “Bang On”
Status: The Breeders have had several lineup changes over the years but core members, Dayton-based sisters Kim and Kelley Deal, are currently working on the group’s new album using the lineup that made the smash album, “Last Splash” (1993).
Sample these songs: “I, Fuzzbot,” “Sexual Frustration,” “Vincent Come on Down,” “Flash Ram”
Status: The group was planning to sign a major label deal when tragedy struck in May 1997. Brainiac’s career was cut short when singer-guitarist Tim Taylor died in a single car accident just a few blocks from his home in Dayton.
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Sample these songs: “Ohio is For Lovers,” “Saying Sorry,” “Nervous Breakdown,” “Golden Parachute”
Status: Although guitarist Casey Calvert died in 2007, and drummer Eron Bucciarelli and lead guitarist Micah Carli left in 2014 and 2015 respectively, Hawthorne Heights remains active. Founding members singer JT Woodruff and bassist Matt Ridenour continue to keep the band on the road.
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THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Sample these songs: “Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over,” “Born to Lose,” “To the Key of Evergreen,” “Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?”
Status: Some of the members have changed but founding members Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar) and Andy Trick (bass). This summer The Devil Wears Prada is on tour with Anthrax and Killswitch Engage.