I also want to mention that my original intention for this post was to put something up from Jonathan Drexler, who we lost yesterday. I have a CD that he gave me years ago from his then-current band MY SECRET SERVICE, and it's a great disc that I would love to post. But there's a story that goes along with the night Jonathan gave me that CD, which also happens to be the last night I saw him. It's a good story that should be told at some point. But it's not a story with a happy ending, and my attempts to write it up haven't been good. Truth be told, Jonathan's passing is something I'm having a lot of trouble dealing with right now (and I'm sure a lot of other people are having similar troubles). I've been thinking about it all night. So although I will post that CD and tell that story soon, I just can't right now. For a few minutes, I really just want to think about something else.
THE BARNHILLS just might be my favorite Dayton band of all time. I saw them play many times and was never disappointed. The band got together around 1995. Their first show was at the old Sub-Galley on Brown Street. I was living in Yellow Springs at the time and drove into town to see them. They had a contest that night to guess how long they would play. I don't remember what the prize was, but I definitely didn't win it because I guessed 27 minutes -- and they ended up playing for less than five.
Short songs and short sets were sort of their thing. THE BARNHILLS wrote straight-up indie-emo-punk tunes -- fast, loud, and brief. But even if they were playing a song that lasted less than thirty seconds, you were humming along within the first three.
I'll be posting their CD at some point, along with an interview I did with them for MAXIMUMROCKNROLL. And when I do, I'll give you more of their story. For now I'll just say that every single second of this record is badass -- a true Dayton pop classic. Enjoy!
THE BARNHILLS were...
- David Graeter - drums, vocals
- Joel "Lucky" Lensch - bass, vocals
- Jeremy "Bruiser" Apland - guitar, vocals
- Side 1 (I Helped Save the Lady, Buy Me A Drink, Superbreaker), 4:52
- Side 2 (Amy's Pissed Off, Toyota Club, Schroeder), 5:46
Download It! (16 MB)