05 May Local Discovery of the Month: Mad Anthony
Our Local Discovery for May is Cincinnati’s Mad Anthony. They take their name from the Revolutionary War General, Anthony Wayne, for whom a street in Northside also happens to be named. Formed in 2007 by Ringo Jones (vocal and guitar), Adam Flaig (guitar and vocals), and Marc Sherlock (drums), the band won the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for “Best Punk Band” in 2010. In 2016, they’ve embarked on an ambitious project to release a song every week for 52 weeks. The project involves musicians, engineers, producers, and friends from all over the country with whom they’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past.
So what does Mad Anthony play exactly? From its volume and breakneck vigor, it’s Punk, pure and simple, but there is so much more at work here. Vocalist/guitarist Ringo Jones is like Iggy Pop channeling the spirit of Mississippi John Hurt in a Dead Boys tribute, screaming until the veins in his neck stand out like bridge cable under his skin. When Jones and guitarist/vocalist Adam Flaig start trading riffs, there’s a galloping rhythm that suggests Dave Alvin in his seminal Blasters days with a live power line down his trousers. And the rhythm section of power bassist Dave Markey and new drummer Marc Sherlock is thunder personified… If you see the name Mad Anthony on a telephone pole, get the information and get there. It will change you. – Brian Baker, CityBeat
Tune in throughout the month of May to hear interviews, stories, and songs from this month’s Local Discover, Mad Anthony.