Fresh off the release of their new single “Mother Is Coming” on Riot Records, progressive hardcore quintet ABERTOOTH LINCOLN checks in to our pages to give us a special insight into their local music scene of Dayton, Ohio!
Since the release of 2014’s debut LP ‘Osteoferocious’, the Midwest five-piece have enveloped a unique and dexterous range of influences, implementing a dazzling blend of space punk and relentless hardcore. The instrumental tenacity intertwines smartly with Ash Pooler’s whip-smart lyricism, bouncing between biting satire and matter-of-fact social commentary. Runs across the US and sets at Midwest Punk Fest and Montreal’s Pouzza further adding to the band’s stock.
The dazzling new track sees the band showcase their blisteringly impactful and highly unorthodox sonic identity, implementing a pacey blend of space-punk and progressive hardcore.
Weird, wonderful and unforgettable. Just three words that describe the intense and unabashedly unorthodox sound of Dayton, Ohio’s Abertooth Lincoln.
Asked about their local music scene, Abertooth Lincoln’s James Lampe shared the following:
𝐷𝑎𝑦𝑡𝑜𝑛, 𝑂𝐻 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒.
For years we ran a DIY house venue called the Aberplex, and hosted countless touring bands. Every time a band came through and played we got the same reaction – “We had no idea what to expect, but this has been one of the best shows of the tour!” Often the joke is that there’s not much else to do here, but whatever the reason Dayton has a lot of love for it’s local music. Maybe one of the biggest reasons is that it’s always been good.
𝐷𝑎𝑦𝑡𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑎𝑛 ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑏𝑜𝑡ℎ 𝐶𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐶𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑚𝑏𝑢𝑠.
Both much larger cities. I feel like there’s this “underdogness” about Dayton’s music that results from that proximity, and it manifests in a drive to exceed expectations and try different things.
I think one of the benefits of being a band like Abertooth Lincoln is that we don’t fit 100% into any one category like metal, punk or progressive rock, but we dip our toes into each enough to play with a broad spectrum of acts. This has allowed us the fortunate opportunities to play a number of local music festivals like Dayton Music Fest, Holidayton, Side Show, Lady Fest, and more.
𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑓𝑢𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑒𝑖𝑟𝑑𝑜 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑦 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑔 𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑘 𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑠𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑤𝑖𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑧𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑡𝑎𝑙… 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑖𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑠!
Right now, like most places Dayton is just starting to show signs of normalcy again with shows starting back up. In the last year the focus was on releasing new music.
Rad Girlfriend Records is a local punk label in Dayton that has also continued to put out a ton of music in the last year.
If you’re looking for shows or a band booking a tour date in the area, notable venues are Blind Bob’s, Yellow Cab Tavern, The Brightside and Turnbuckles.