Quite a night to celebrate Cleveland finest label, Exit Stencil Recordings. Cleveland garage up-and-comers Prisoners along with Exit Stencil veterans Mystery of Two and The Dreadful Yawns came together on a beautiful Friday night for one great show! First up was Prisoners, who seem to be relatively new in the Cleveland scene, but didn’t show any inexperience as they had a dominating stage presence with their Turbo Fruits-like blues/garage. In the past six months, I’ve had the chance to see Cleveland post-punk shoegazers Mystery of Two three times, and each time they fly to new heights. They opened with “Golden Hour”, a song off their new cassette EP, Color Me. They went through tracks off their self-titled and EP, and eventually got to their Cleveland love song “Strange Town”, where you would have to see the mid-song noise breakdown to believe it. The main focus of the show was on The Dreadful Yawns, playing their 2007 Exit Stencil debut, Rest. After three years, the songs proved to be in no way boring or rusty, as the Yawns played folky (“When I Lost My Voice”), poppy (“You’ve Been Recorded”), and surprising bluesy (“End Of Summer”). Check out Prisoners at Now That’s Class on June 7th, and The Dreadful Yawns at the Grog Shop with Small Black and Beach Fossils on July 8th. Click on “Read more” for pictures and videos of all the bands.
Mystery of Two
The Dreadful Yawns