The Speedbumps CD Release Concert

The Kent Stage and Leta Records presents

The Speedbumps CD Release Concert

JD Eicher and the Goodnights

Fri, November 29, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Kent Stage

Kent, OH

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

The Speedbumps
The Speedbumps
THE SPEEEDBUMPS BIO:

Alluring raspy, vocals paired with a jazz-infused, acoustic groove have earned The Speedbumps an IMA Award and showcase slots in festivals on two continents. Their indie folk vibe gets toes tapping and bodies swaying while their stirring, honest lyrics captivate fans long after the music stops. Their rocking AAA sound comes from an eclectic mix of hollow bodied instruments and deeply personal songwriting. Because their approachable, Midwest style easily fits the soundtrack of people's every day lives, the band's music has been selected for various TV and film projects including PBS's Road Trip Nationand the feature film Molly's Girl.

The Speedbumps have performed in every kind of venue from small night clubs to large outdoor festivals to live TV studios. They've shared the stage with Amos Lee, Matt Nathanson, OKGO, Crosby Stills & Nash, Chrissie Hynde, Andrew Bird, G-Love and Special Sauce, and Red Wanting Blue.

In 2012, The Speedbumps were invited to collaborate with The Canton Symphony Orchestra resulting in a joint performance of many songs from their first two albums to a packed house at The Canton Palace Theatre. The band's bassist, Kevin Martinez, (who has a master's degree in Music Composition from DePaul University) spent 9 months developing and writing parts for all the orchestra members to perform alongside the group. Since then, they've been busy recording tracks for their third album, The Harbors We Seek, while performing in and around their home region of Northeast Ohio.

This show at the Kent Stage marks the release of this long awaited CD and the beginning of a new era for the band.
JD Eicher and the Goodnights
JD Eicher and the Goodnights
"A kind of gentle innocence pervades, as if not trying to grab you as it passes by, but hoping you'll be touched." - Pittsburgh City Paper

Two years after the release of their debut album and hundreds of performances later, JD Eicher & the Goodnights deliver their sophomore release, entitled Shifting, which reaches out and touches listeners with vivid portraits of love, struggle, and hope.

Thirteen songs chart their journey from feel good pop to keys-out-front alternative rock. A radio-ready, polished sound with literate songwriting and intimate, swoon-worthy vocals has the Herald-Standard ranking the album with Pittsburgh's elite, saying that Shifting is "the best album from a local band since 'Restless Days' (The Clarks). Seriously, it's that good."

Forging their diverse musical backgrounds, JD Eicher (vocals/guitar), Dan Prokop (keys), Jim Merhaut (bass), and Ryan Kirk (drums/percussion) combine seasoned songwriting, rich vocals, melodic arrangements, and emphatic delivery to establish their own brand of "subtle pop." They've created an album that has "the light, poppy quality of British bands Keane or The Script -- which has done plenty of damage on the airwaves -- but with more detail in the songwriting," says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Produced by Paul Barber (My Favorite Highway, The Bigger Lights, The Friday Night Boys), Shifting is the manifestation of the band's musical exploration and growth since the last record. "These guys can play," notes Barber, "that's what made the sessions really rewarding." Beyond the quartet's growth as musicians, the theme of 'shifting' appears in the underlying emphasis on change in the songs, Eicher's evolution as a songwriter, and the band's ability to shift seamlessly between various styles, giving the album a "mainstream likability that is both charming and contagious," praises the Herald-Standard.

"With the release of Shifting, JD Eicher & the Goodnights take their place among the elite of Northeast Ohio-Western Pennsylvania bands," exclaims The Vindicator. Not to be outdone, some think that the band is destined for a larger audience: "America will fall in love with JD Eicher," proclaims Cindy Howes, Morning Mix Host & Producer at 91.3FM WYEP
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240
http://www.thekentstage.com/