Standing Room | February 2017

Six Akron bands we think you should know

by Floco Torres


White Pines (Rock, Folk, Pop)

White Pines is Joseph Scott. Constantly in flux, the band lineup changes from year to year and sometimes from show to show. For their upcoming show at the Beachland Ballroom on February 21, Joseph Scott will share the stage with Ben Vaughan on bass, Jayson Benn on guitar, and Dan Kshywonis on drums. White Pines has been on the scene since 2009. The debut 10 track album “The Falls” released on Yer Bird Records sounds like the soundtrack to finding yourself amongst the natural setbacks of life. The follow up “Plume Of Ash” was recorded in two weeks in Scott’s new (at the time) home in Akron and in my opinion is his best work.   


WallCreeper (Metal, Punk)

Let them tell it: Shawn, Joe, Nick and Tony are just some dudes playing music. The four make up the Metal/Punk band WallCreeper. Their newest record “Kill What Keeps You Tame” was engineered by Akron musician Joey Sprinkles and boast a cleaner more professional sound than you’re used to hearing on metal records. Be sure to catch their next show at Annabell’s on February 4 and be ready to thrash when “Isopropyl & Tonic” comes on.


Failed Astronauts (Alternative, Indie, Pop, Punk)

Ben, Alex, Bill and Drew are four sad and wild dudes (depending on the day) that formed the band Failed Astronauts. Their 3 song EP “Burn This CD and Give It To All Your Friends” should’ve be on the next NCAA College Football game soundtrack. This seems appropriate since their bio on bandcamp says “We like to drink beer and play Madden, we also play music”. Although they experienced some lineup changes back in October, look for a new Failed Astronauts album in 2017.


Daniel Rylander (Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic/Pop)

Daniel Rylander has made a career for himself by fighting through adversity and turmoil. The singer/songwriter lost his brother to battle in Afghanistan in 2012 and has been inspired to find the keep pushing and make his brother proud. His new single “Understanding” was released in  January is an uplifting tune about “not letting our mistakes define who we are as people”

The song was revamped from the version that lives on The Memoirs of a Poolside Romance EP released in 2015. Daniel and his band The Best Dressed) are looking to make themselves more marketable in 2017. They’ll be playing a few shows in February so be on the lookout.

2/4/17 – Barrel Run Crossing – Rootstown OH

2/11/17 – Halliday’s Winery – Lake Milton OH


Zander One (Electronic/Ambient/DJ/Producer)

Joe Mass aka Zander One is a melting pot of styles throughout his production. With over 100 songs on his soundcloud page from funk/soul samples to video game and spacey sounds, his “ZODIAC BEATS” project shows his supreme versatility. ZODIAC 2 has a crazy groove and I’d be interested to know if Biggie and Method Man’s “The What” instrumental inspired 7 ZODIAC 8. In 2017, Zander is looking to play more gigs and enhance his DJ/Live set while incorporating more of his material.


Godhead (Electronic/Experimental)

Godhead is truly an intriguing mystery. Intriguing because of the only track you can find from them is 25 minute long noise track titled “1116.” A mystery because I couldn’t find ANYTHING on this band other than this song while searching. No Facebook, Twitter, IG or website and I’m positive I’ve made it onto a very special list by googling GODHEAD over and over. If you spook easy, do not and I repeat DO NOT listen to this track in headphones in the dark.