Throneberry Reunion Show
Friday, January 25th, Woodward Theater
Cincinnati based rock band, Throneberry, will reunite to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group’s debut album, Sangria. Opening the show will be Speaking Suns, from Yellow Springs, and a reformed Ruby Vileos.
The group was formed by guitarists Sam Womelsdorf and Jason Arbenz, who had previously been parts of Toolshed and Liquid Hippos, respectively. The original line-up was completed by former Hippos’ bassist Paul Cavins, and drummer Steve McCabe, who initially split time between Throneberry and bother Dan’s band, Roundhead. Dan McCabe runs the Woodward.
Liquid Hippos were an Oxford OH band, who released the album Shellac The Bozak on the Afghan Whig’s fledgeling label, Ultrasuede, in 1998. The group disbanded shortly after, when members Jordan Arbenz and Michael Horrigan departed to focus on their funk group, The Love Cowboys.
Throneberry debuted on Valentine’s Day in 1990, and gradually worked their way up through a Cincinnati scene led by pals The Afghan Whigs. Signing to Alias Records in ’93, the band released a 7” single of “Touched” in October of that year. The Greg Dulli produced track helped the band get signed, and was recognized by critics, here and abroad, as a promising first release.
Sangria, Alias Records #044, followed in January of 1994. The positive press reaction helped create a profile, enhanced by coast to coast touring. A tour, opening for Lush and Weezer was a highlight, as well as sharing stages with Everclear, The Meat Puppets, Bob Mould, and others. The band also headlined it’s first UK tour, beginning with a live performance on BBC radio, and closing with a show at London’s Garage.
Two more albums would follow, 1996’s Trot Out The Encores and ’98’s Squinting Before The Dazzle. Each was helmed by veteran producer Joe Chiccarelli. A European tour with Afghan Whigs in 1996 was a highlight, as was inclusion on the Mad Love soundtrack and the Tom Petty tribute LP You Got Lucky, each with the song, “Here Comes My Girl.”
Former Liquid Hippos drummer, Horrigan, replaced Steve McCabe after the recording sessions for Trot Out The Encores, and stayed through the recording of Squinting Before The Dazzle, before accepting an invitation to join Afghan Whigs.
Record sales and radio airplay never grew beyond Sangria levels, despite active promotion that saw the band play ten different venues each, in their three best cities, NY, Chicago and L.A. By the end of 1999, the band decided to break up and pursue other projects.
Arbenz and Cavins formed Goose after Cavins set about to learn the drums, reconnecting with ex-Hippo Jordan Arbenz and bassist Sam Wulfeck. One CD, Live It Up Turn It Goose was released in 2006. Arbenz was also a member of Cari Clara, and Sam Womelsdorf helped to form Culture Queer, with whom he’s been a part of five CD releases.
“The purpose of this reunion is to revisit the time in our career when the future looked it’s brightest. We know we didn’t conquer the world, but for a few years we were in the mix, and instead of focusing on goals we didn’t meet, we hope to shine a light on the best of it, the fun, the friends, the songs.” The band will draw from all records and beyond for the set list.
Speaking Suns hail from Yellow Springs, Ohio, and have established themselves as gifted leaders in the music scene. With an EP, and two full length releases, the latest being 2017’s 2LP collection, Range, the group has developed a laid back style, where influences such as Talking Heads, Modest Mouse can be heard within the band’s sophisticated song craft.
Ruby Vileos, led by Bill Alletzhauser (Ass Ponys) and vocalist Allie Edwards, released CDs on three different labels in 2001, 2004 and 2008, and were a popular Cincinnati group due to their unique song craft, and Allie’s mystifying vocal presence. The reformed band, which also features drummer Todd Drake (a part time Throneberry replacement in the late 90’s) and bassist Victor Strunk, has been writing new music together for the first time in over a decade.
The show will begin at 8PM, tickets are available online or at The Woodward Theater box office.