Black Tie Affair
is dead, long live Black Tie Affair! The California-based band that originated this apparently irresistible moniker called it quits in July, but failed to will the domain name myspace.com/blacktieaffair
to its Cincinnati successors. (Just backspace away the "affair" part of that address to see sweat-soaked live-show shots of the still-active group.) Black Tie Affair, midway through a tour that includes such venues as Longstreet United Methodist Church and Chapmanville West Grade School Gym, combines heartfelt wailing vocals, rapid-fire dual-guitar breakdowns and sporadic funk-bass burbles. A regional triad rounds out this bill, including windmill-kicking grinders Sassophrass!!
, Florissant's teenage noise-terrorists Autumn Bleeds Red
and Fenton's equally youthful metalcore merchants Ashes of Red