Adz - Drums, vocals, production
Aza - Guitar, vocals, web tech
"Considering how rarely Times New Viking plays
these days, somebody needed to step up to keep
first-rate slapdash scuzz-pop on Columbus stages.
Cliffs is getting it done." "The fact that Cliffs is a
shout-along guitars/drums duo positions these guys
as contemporaries of Japandroids. And while they
share those Canadians’ affinity for anthems, Cliffs
shambles across all sorts of sounds rather than
hone in on one. Consider “E=mc2,” which
approached White Stripes garage blues with the wobbly grace of Pavement’s
Wowee Zowee, or the impressive manner in which power pop ditty “From
Bonnie to Clyde” descended into harmonized “oohs.”
-Chris DeVille. Columbus Alive 11/1/2012
"What they do is first and foremost of the power pop persuasion – somewhat of an
anomaly these days. It’s what they add to the mix that makes them refreshing,
and perhaps allows them to distort the general perception of how a rock and roll
duo should sound. From the bombastic swagger of “Nashul!” to the infectious bop
of “Beautiful Girls,” their minimalist bursts of energy are slightly bluesy, slightly
punk, but never derivative of what one might consider standard."
"Cliffs maintain the sharp efficacy of Fugazi (one of their many heroes) yet ditch that
band’s attitude and posturing. They adhere to the recent wave of shape-shifting duos
that mine noisy, craggy, terrain like No Age and Japandroids, yet attack each song
with an earnesty that can only come from two dudes who have been friends since
childhood. It’s a youthful camaraderie that dominates the dynamic of Cliffs, yet there’s
also an increasing penchant for experimentation. Whether that includes adding an
organ or a bassline to their basic formula, the desire to branch out and expand is ever
present in the grooves."
-Kevin Elliott, (614) Magazine 9/27/2012
"These two locals looked like normal old chums when I saw them bantering around
Carabar the night of their EP release show. They kept that comfortable feeling fresh
and intact when they took the stage later that night to play songs old, and mostly new.
The EP (which is now released and can be purchased below) is entitled “The
Sunglasses EP,” and is a 5 track record that gives you a very enticing taste of the
energy these boys put into the music."
-Spoonfeed Cbus April 2012