GHETTOBLASTER MAGAZINE Streams "Scalp or Be Scalped"

Ohio Knife is a punch you in the gut, unforgiving, rock n’ roll band hailing from the great midwestern city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Capitalizing on off-the-beaten-path tunings, Ohio Knife’s Jason Snell brings raspy, two-toned vocals and spooky, soulful, trashy guitars as Joe Suer drops an ass-load of low-end drums and Scotty Wood provides all the thumping low-end bass you could ever wish for in rock.

Ohio Knife’s new album Scalp Or Be Scalped will be available October 21 on vinyl, CD and digital formats and today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of streaming the album. This is what frontman Jason Snell had to say about it:

Scalp or Be Scalped has been a true labor of love for the past two years — we wanted to record with our buddies at The Lodge (James Leg, All-Seeing Eyes and Walk the Moon) as well at Ultrasuede with John Curley of The Afghan Whigs and finishing at my house. Joe Suer and I learned so much as we mixed the record at my place (Raeburn Ranch and We Have Become Vikings) over the last year plus. We took some chances with giving the music space and time as we knew the record had to have a great sonic range, it had to have plenty of hooks and had to be a record that can stand the test of time.”

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Get ready to rock out to 'Scalp or Be Scalped' by Ohio Knife

Let's start with a pop quiz. Name a current band that is playing great rock and roll. Whoever you named, you should know thatOhio Knife needs to be added to your list. This Cincinnati band plays rock and roll reminiscent of the 70s on its new album Scalp or Be Scalped.

When you put this album on, you are immediately greeted with loud guitars and a beat that will have you pumping your fist. It's not a stretch to say that "Wish I Knew" will immediately remind you of 70s rock. This is a song that begs to be blared from the windows of an El Camino. In fact, that's not a bad description of the band's sound in general. "Day and Night" channels the spirit of KISS - with a twist. The melody is driven by a fuzzed-out guitar part and backed by a rhythm that will have you grooving. It's hard not to think about KISS as you listen. On top of that is a rocking piano part that makes the song that much better and makes you wonder why rock bands don't use the piano more often.

If you like the groove of "Day and Night", just wait until you hear "Creation Museum". You can feel the bass rumbling your gut on this song. If you don't have the bass cranked all the way up, you'll want to do that when you play this tune. The guitar solo and the beat are pretty groovy to. Tying the whole song together is an organ part that sounds like it was recorded in 1974.

The band brings the tempo down for "Tonight We Ride", but it is still unmistakably rock and roll. The piano part in this song is spare and haunting. It's easy to imagine this sound being used in a horror movie or part of a Faith No More song. The rest of the song meanwhile features the same fuzzy guitar sound you hear on the rest of the album. Then there is the guitar solo, which just might make you show off your air-guitar chops.

There's no real mystery on this album. It is 10 tracks of pure rock and roll goodness that is sure to remind you of some of your favorite rock bands of the 70s. Scalp or Be Scalped will be available from We Have Become Vikings Records on Friday, October 21.

Loud & Proud: Ohio Knife Brings the Cincinnati Thunder

Thanks Rouge Messenger for the article! 


It’s said that everything old is new again. That’s certainly the case with combination of prog and metal that typified late 1970s rock—the sound of Ohio Knife, who will be performing at Johnny B’s in Medford on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The Cincinnati band has shades of ‘70s acts like Deep Purple and Iron Butterfly, as well as newer bands like Portland rockers Red Fang, or The Sword. But when it turns things down a bit, there are clear hints of groups like Queens of the Stone Age.

The band recently released its first full-length album, Scalp or Be Scalped. It is a stoner-rock opus packed with big drums and fuzz guitar mutations of blues, dressed up with flourishes of organ.

The band’s guitarist Jason Snell took the time to answer a few questions for The Messenger before the show.


RVM: How did the band get together?

Jason Snell: It started as a two-piece, something heavier than the then-project, Chocolate Horse—it was time to go back to the big, swinging strokes with the buddies.

RVM: What is it that appeals to you about the heavy, fuzzy, rock sound you’re pursuing? Are there peers or influences you feel it is related to, or something y’all came to independently?

Snell: I’m all about harmony and weird tunings—add some C and D, some overdrive and you’ve got Ohio Knife! I’ve always loved what Josh Homme does with the heavy/harmony, of course the Melvins and the sweet sounds of CCR.

RVM: What are you looking for or trying to do when you write a song?

Snell: A jam, something to shout about, something to hum to the feeling of a cold winter, or a hot summer day.

RVM: What is your goal when you step on stage to perform?

Snell: To get super-sweaty and growl a little bit at all the kids!

RVM: Any thoughts or expectations on your first time playing Southern Oregon?

Snell: So exciting to be coming to Southern Oregon! I’ve been Oregon a few times, so stoked!

RVM: Why should someone come to your show, instead of another? What’s the unique thing you feel you’re bringing?

Snell: We will bring all the jams! Good times, good vibes and circus kicks!

RVM: What’s on the radar for y’all?

Snell: We will be coming from Cincinnati, all the way through the west, and up the coast and back around again! See you soon!


Ohio Knife, with Snailmate

9 pm Tue., September 27

Johnny B’s, 120 E. Sixth St., Medford


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Artist Snapshot

Ohio Knife make heavy metal as gritty as their city. Cincinnati, Ohio's Jason Snell delivers brooding and sometimes angsty vocals that sounds almost painful. Crunchy guitars find grooves then discover melodic horizons with Snell leading the charge.

Heading Out West! Day and Night Tour 2016

Sept.13        Cincinnati, OH (Launch Party) @Northside Tavern w/Mad Anthony
Sept.14        Indianapolis, IN, Melody Inn w/With Our Arms to the Sun
Sept.16        Columbia, MO, Cafe Berlin w/New Tongues
Sept.17        Kansas City, MO, miniBar
Sept.18        Denver, CO, 3 Kings Tavern w/Hydraform
Sept.22       Las Vegas, NV, Double Down Saloon
   Joshua Tree, CA, Taylor Junction w/Megan Hutch
Sept.24       Lake Tahoe, CA, Whiskey Dick's Saloon
Sept.25       San Francisco, CA, Hotel Utah w/Future Twin & 1988
Sept.27       Medford, OR, Johnny B’s w/Snailmate
   Eugene, OR, Old Nick’s Pub w/The Fabulous Wendy & Glass Cat
   Portland, OR, Waypost w/The Hugs & Poison Beaches  
   Seattle, WA, Funhouse w/Piston Ready & KLAW

Oct. 21        Cincinnati, OH (VINYL RELEASE) @Woodward

Day and Night Tour Announced!

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Sept. 9    Northside Yacht Club w/Able Projects w/Buffalo Killers & Ampline
Sept.10   Westside Art Showcase

Sept.13    Cincinnati, OH, Day and Night Tour Launch, MOTR
Indianapolis, IN, Melody Inn w/With Our Arms to the Sun
Sept.16    Columbia, MO, Cafe Berlin w/New Tongues
Sept.18    Denver, CO, 3 Kings Tavern w/Hydrform
Sept.22    Las Vegas, NV, Double Door Saloon
Sept.25    San Francisco, CA, Hotel Utah w/Future Twin & 1988
Sept.27    Medford, OR, Johnny B’s w/Snailmate
Sept.28    Eugene, OR, Old Nick’s Pub w/The Fabulous Wendy & Glass Cat
Sept.29    Portland, OR, Waypost w/The Hugs & Poison Beaches
Sept.30    Seattle, WA, Funhouse w/Piston Ready & KLAW

Oct. 21     Cincinnati, OH (Blood Red Vinyl Release on), Woodwar Theater w/Dinge

Thanks @CityBeat

• Two of the city’s finest Indie Rock bands, Old City and Ohio Knife, have teamed up for a new split 7-inch vinyl single, the third release from the label branch of We Have Become Vikings (the creative art and design company founded by Ohio Knife’s Jason Snell). The single — featuring Old City’s “Stubborn Sidewalks” and Ohio Knife’s “You Are the Thread” — will be available on random colors of vinyl Saturday when both bands play a release party at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, The free show kicks off at 10 p.m. with Indianapolis’ Hero Jr.

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Moerlein teams up with Ohio Knife for special brew

Moerlein + Ohio Knife Signature Brew

Nov 20, 2014, 12:55pm EST

Christian Moerlein and Ohio Knife are teaming up on a signature beer.

Andy Brownfield

Reporter-Cincinnati Business Courier

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. is teaming up with Cincinnati band Ohio Knife for a limited edition beer that will be released on Nov. 26.

Ohio Knife Amber Ale will be released at a concert at the reopened Woodward Theater on Nov. 26 featuring Ohio Knife and fellow Cincinnati band Electric Citizen.

It's not the first time a brewery has collaborated with an artist on a signature brew – Iron Maiden, AC/DC and KISS have all done it – but this goes beyond slapping a band's logo on a beer bottle.

The beer is being released in tandem with a new EP from Ohio Knife, which describes itself as a "punch you in the gut, unforgiving, rock n' roll band." Christian Moerlein brewer Greg Wilson is friends with Ohio Knife guitarist and vocalist Jason Snell and they used to play music together. He said he previewed the album while brewing the beer.

"I'm a big fan personally of American amber ales, they're balanced and structured and have a bit of a backbone. The album had dark tones, so from a conceptual level, something like a pilsner wouldn't work," Wilson told me. "I also added a pretty hefty amount of American hops for an angular perception of some of the music I heard off the album."

Snell told me that the idea of pairing a signature beer with an album release was a no-brainer.

"What's a better combination than rock and roll and a beer?" he said. "Whether you're listening to a record or writing music or going to a show, there's a common thread of beer."

Snell is very familiar with Christian Moerlein and the local brewing scene. He is the founder of creative agency We Have Become Vikings, worked on the Cincinnati Strongman mural in Over-the-Rhine and collaborated with Moerlein on its Strongman Porter.

He wants the beer and EP release show to be an event. We Have Become Vikings and four local print shops – BLDG, Cryptogram Ink, Southpaw Prints and Powerhouse Factories – are all designing huge posters for the event, each of which will include a download for a song from the album.

"The music industry in general, no one's buying records anymore. It's the Internet now. It's a lot of pay to play," Snell said. "You throw it against the wall and maybe people will listen to it, maybe. My philosophy has been to do interesting projects and see what comes of it."

The beer will be a very limited release and only on draft. Moerlein is brewing only 11 barrels, or about 20 kegs, Wilson said. Ohio Knife Amber Ale will be available at Moerlein's Lager House, as well as bars and restaurants through Over-the-Rhine, Northside and Northern Kentucky. Those will include Seante, the Northside Tavern, the Comet, Mayday, MOTR and the Drinkery.