Saturday January 12th Dayton’s Clockwork Soul in cooperation with DaytonRocks.com and BoJangles Nightclub in West Carrollton hosted a benefit/fundraiser for the families affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy. Five bands volunteered their energy, talent and time to help raise money for the charity. Event Organizer’s Michael Anspach and Eric Liddic booked an impressive lineup of local talent each band different to each other both in sound, performance and appearance but committed and united for the cause. Tish & Carrie, 8 Kount, SuperKreep, Induced and Clockwork Soul brought the goods to the packed house whether it was the opening acoustic flavor, Rock n Roll, hard rock or southern fried Middletown metal. Clockwork Soul also took over the Fox 45 News Morning Show with Meghan Mongillo promoting the event and performing ‘Out There’ live in studio on January 9th.
Event sponsors included Babblefish Recording Studios, Side Tat Mafia, Greenleaf Printing, On The Go Printing, Annaleahs hair designs, Pure Romance, and DaytonRocks.com. Local businesses donating raffle prizes included Dayton Dragons, The Funny Bone, Grease Monkey, Pure Romance, The Trolley Stop, Life-Source Massage Therapy and Second Shelf Thrift Store. Co-headliner Induced also donated a blue Schecter Diamond Series Omen 6 Guitar for one lucky winner. Rockstarsglued.com’s Hellbilly was the evening’s MC introducing bands and calling out ticket numbers for lucky winners of some sweet swagOpening the show was the feminine unplugged charm of Dayton’s musical answer to the Wilson sister’s Tish & Carrie. They sang with plenty of heart and soul bringing a coffee house flavor into the rock club, prepping ears for the upcoming noise opening with some acoustic attitude rolling on the river with Proud Mary and Miss Turner then broke out the Black Horse and a Cherry Tree with KT Tunstall. We visited The Angel from Montgomery then they put the crowd in their songstress spell Rolling In the Deep with Adele. Tish went solo with Miss Etheridge on Bring Me Some Water. They hit Zombies with some Cranberries finishing with a tribute to one of the great lost voices of a generation Janis Joplin and Bobby McGee.
Up next is the big rock sound of Dayton’s standing 8 Kount. They brought out their special brand of infection with the Real Disease putting the pedal through the pavement on Getaway Car. They break it all down with the rockstar swagger on Ashes to Ashes. Singer Sugar opens the rockstar handbook to page 56 which tells aspiring RockGods what to say when you’ve said/done something wrong and you’re not sure what it was. He also tours the club personally serenading all the smitten vixens with the Insanity Defense. There’s a Fire in the Hole for anyone that says you’re not good enough, doesn’t love you anymore or doesn’t care what you think because we all have lives to live and we’re gonna live them, because we’re all… More Human Than Human. They finish with their greatest beastly creation Straw Monster. They introduced/broke in new guitarist Stephen Lowe for the nights show. They are definitely a do it yourself, driven, self-financed, self-made working man’s rock n roll band. Website info can be found at www.facebook.com/8KOunt along with their Getaway Car EP/Merch and official video for Ashes to Ashes. SuperKreep busted open the skin with a brutally bloody offering of holy southern forged metal from the mid-west. Performing a few new tunes and select favorites from their second record 2010’s Wizer than the Wicked. They opened up the mind possessing liquid demons with Whisky Devil. This is pure country truckin metal with southern pride and the semi-automatic Dean Guitar riffage of We Are The Truth proves it. Singer Greg Banks born of Chuck Billy spawn brings the Holy Testament from the Bible belt to BoJangles. They put us down for a creeping death Dirt Nap then leave us Dead and Somewhere in Pantera country with some Dimebag chug and concrete sledge with a pounding three guitar fisted hammer. They play a new tune with Pride then Bring on the Pain for the front row diehards. They’re a head bangers delight of mid-south dirty slither and slang with a Wylde side, Hellyeah. They finish living the Fine Life and get a little Psycho-Friendly with the crowd. They’ve been making noise in the underground since 2004 and have shared the stage with Skid Row, Quiet Riot and The Misfits. Their music goes down smooth with a strong after-kick but has enough thrashy dirt and grit to keep the good ole boys happy. Expect a new CD mid-year. Banks has good vocal range doing some solid singing on most tunes adding in gravel in a tree chipper growls occasionally and even sounded a bit like Manson on a few CD tracks.
Performing their first show at BoJangles the multidimensional, hard hitting melodic foursome Induced the crowd into their musical mesh of originals and favorites. When your singer looks like a cross between Freddy Mercury and Kit from The Forsaken, you’re guaranteed attention. Speaking of blood suckers they started with the Afterlife, Feeling good. They pull open the covers with Say You’ll Haunt Me, the first song they wrote Left Alone and the drum work of Betrayal. It’s the End of Heartache and time for some heavy Bad Company. They finished with one of Drowning Pools big hits. They’ve incorporated/intertwined Godsmack, Disturbed and some Bush into their sound and love taking a walk around. Guitarist Rodney Collins and bassist Matt Hohenbrink both took extended tours of the venue, mingling with the crowd while playing.
As we’re past the midnight hour headliners ClockWork Soul and dirty blonde debutant Mystie Rose took the stage playing to all the late night guests and faithful souls left to hear the screeching roar and growl from the lady in black. She offers the men some special handcuffed Straight Jacket Love and gets red faced ferocious unmasking her wild eyed aggressive Masquerade. They keep it hot with a time machine trip back with The Boys of Summer. Rose’s voice can go from bubblegum pop to pissed off death metal at will. They get grungy with Alice’s Would finishing the night with Out There. Rose resembles a female Bret Michael’s on steroids and a few shots of Jack. For helping make the event happen she’s our rock of love.
“There are no words we can express on how we feel at this time. So we decided to show how much we care and put on a big show and support this great cause. We had an amazing amount of sponsors and very generous people donated their time and businesses to provide support for this cause as well. This show demonstrates a substantial gesture of solidarity and support for the victims of this tragic event.”
A very genuine, heartfelt thank you to Michael Anspach of Clockwork Soul and Eric Liddic of Daytonrocks.com for organizing the event and a special thank you to everyone who contributed, donated, sponsored and showed up for the event, and to BoJangles.Rocks for hosting. All proceeds go to The Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund which will provide counseling to survivors, pay for funeral expenses for victims, create a scholarship fund for the school’s students and fund a memorial. If you’d like to donate please go to newtownmemorialfund.org. Mail donations to Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. P.O. Box 596 Botsford, CT 06404, checks payable to Newtown Memorial Fund, check donations page for information on sending care packages, letters and other goods.