Formed in 2002, Defiance, Ohio released their album Midwestern Minutes on independent label No Idea! Records. With a prominent Midwestern feel, the folk punk band mixes songs up with catchy beats, meaningful lyrics and an interesting array of musical instruments not typically found in a punk band. Almost every track urges the listener to sing along and, overall, creates a fun, energetic musical vibe. The album balances out the bonfire appropriate music with more serious tracks like You Are Loved, which touches upon losing someone close to you. “Every time somebody we know dies, it is no consolation prize, but we’ll remember you.” The very musical group adds the violin, cello and banjo to the typical drums-and-guitar set-up and by doing so create a unique western feel. While 11 tracks of the similar-sounding songs may be a lot to take in, Defiance, Ohio have a defined style you’ll catch yourself singing along to.

Published in Volume 65, Number 8 of The Uniter (October 21, 2010)

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