Ease the Medic
“No band too big, no basement too small”, whether it be a sweltering diy warehouse in Alabama, a backyard show by car lights in the hills of West Virginia, a crowded Sixth Street showcase during SXSW, or opening for rock’n’roll icons in large amphitheaters, the mentality remains the same for Ease The Medic. The Columbus, Ohio four-piece tear through their sets with a fervor and belief that their brand of rock can connect with anyone, anywhere, regardless of setting or scene.
Their second full length release is a diverse offering that twists and turns through punk, indie, math-rock, pop, and shoegaze to carve a record that could be categorized as something akin to rock post-rock. The 8 songs, well fleshed out and road-tested before entering the studio, provide an accurate snapshot of Ease The Medic, which in turn compelled the band to simply self-title the record. The band still enjoys side-stepping traditional time signatures and song structures, but worked to still keep the song at the core as the focal point. Equal parts melodic and dissonant, frantic and cathartic “Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie Shelter” and the pop stomp prog of “For Mother Russia” well exemplify this. The album opens with the massive wall of sound that is “Antarctic Stare”, addressing social isolation and the importance of outreach over apathy. They were also not afraid to attempt a few more straight forward songs as evidenced by the high-energy “Meh” and anthemic re-working of “Eleven”. “Eleven” was originally an acoustic 4-track demo recorded by Sean Gardner of Winter Makes Sailors, that Ease The Medic decided to translate into a fully amplified rock song for a Southern U.S. Tour with the folk singer. The studio version of “Eleven” ended with Gardner adding a guitar solo to Ease The Medic’s interpretation.
Ease The Medic again chose to work with Jon Fintel at Relay Recording in Columbus, Ohio who the band trusted could capture the impact of the live show while providing the right additional elements of Production to get the most out of the recording. The album was mastered by Joey Z. (Life of Agony) at Method of Groove in New York Cityand pressed to vinyl by the fine people at Pirate’s Press.
This collection of songs feature the final recordings with Eric Payton, who tracked his bass lines only days before jumping on a plane to Germanyto pursue a career in Engineering. Long time friend of the band, Joe Estes (Margin of Error, Only Flesh), stepped in shortly after and now permanently helms the Bass duties.
Ease the Medic has shared the stage with the likes of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, Biffy Clyro, The Life & Times (Arena Rock), The Receiving End of Sirens (Triple Crown), Moving Mountains (Deep Elm), Envy on the Coast (Photo Finish), Title Tracks (Dischord), AberdeenCity(Sony), INXS, The Forecast (Victory), The Working Title (Universal), Driver Side Impact (Victory), Misery Signals (Ferret), 3 Doors Down (Universal), The Felix Culpa (No Sleep), Lola Ray, Limbeck (Doghouse), and Brazil(Immortal).
Discography: “Riot On The Gold Coast” LP/CD – We Want Action – 2006; “Churchill’s Down” on The Emo Diaries Chapter 12: I Love You But In The End I Will Destroy You – Deep Elm Records – 2011; “Eleven” & Whatever’s Wrong With Me is Here To Stay” on split 7″ w/ The Garrison “- We Want Action – 2011; “Ease The Medic” 12” LP – We Want Action 2012
Band: Mike Bryant – Drums; Adam Thornburgh – Vocals, Guitar; Mike Finch – Vocals, Guitar; Eric Payton – Vocals, Bass; Joe Estes – Bass (live)