This show meant a ton more to me than just some sweet bands getting together on the West Side of Cleveland, it was my first show having just turned the age of 21! The ability to choose and order the beer I wanted was exhilarating! Aside from that, earlier that day I met up with the guys from Young Mammals and gave them a super quick tour of some of the East Side of Cleveland, including Star Pop, Music Saves, and Blue Arrow Records. They were absolutely the nicest guys and it only made me more antsy for the night, especially after their recent release of their debut album, Carrots. I headed over to the Happy Dog with my girlfriend, and Cloud Nothings was first up. They played a few songs that they didn’t play at their past Beachland Ballroom show, including “Hey Cool Kid”. Check out the video I got of that and the epic closer “Turning On”. Young Mammals took they small stage next, and perhaps the most exciting part about them is their fun rambunctiousness. They were quite a force on stage, and people appropriately gathered around the stage for them. I grabbed a good video of the second track from their album, “8 4 8”. At that point, I was pretty tired, and frankly pretty drunk, so we only stayed for a few songs of Prisoners, but I always have a good time watching them! Hit the jump for the videos!
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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.