5 things you should know about Dayton music in 2016: Guided by Voices, the Loveless, others

Motel Beds went on hiatus in 2016, but band members (from left) Darryl Robbins, PJ Paslosky, Tod Weidner, Tommy Cooper and Ian Kaplan all remained busy with other projects. CONTRIBUTED
Caption
Motel Beds went on hiatus in 2016, but band members (from left) Darryl Robbins, PJ Paslosky, Tod Weidner, Tommy Cooper and Ian Kaplan all remained busy with other projects. CONTRIBUTED

As 2016 winds down, let’s look back at some local music news from the past 12 months.

GBV returns: Robert Pollard revived Guided by Voices again this year with a new album and a new lineup featuring Kevin March (drums) and Nick Mitchell (guitar), both of Pollard's Ricked Wicky, and newcomers Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar) and Mark Shue (bass). After the first run of shows, Mitchell was replaced by longtime GBV guitarist Doug Gillard. Pollard and Gillard also released a new album under the name ESP Ohio.

Rockers on break: Motel Beds is one of the most popular local bands of the modern era. That acclaim doesn't come without hard work and a certain amount of stress. After a string of stellar albums and electrifying live shows, the group quietly went on hiatus earlier this year. However, none of the members have been idle.

Singer PJ Paslosky and guitarist Tommy Cooper have been performing live as Gay Sharks. Guitarist Darryl Robbins released CDs from his instrumental project Peopleperson, Company Man featuring Andy Smith of Me Time and Lute Student, a collaboration with Dustin Smith of Okay Linden.

Bassist Tod Weidner continues to front his band Shrug, which released the long awaited “Age of Ashes” this year. He also performed live with Me Time, Company Man and other projects. Ian Kaplan, one of Dayton’s most in-demand drummers lent his talents to Lioness, Company Man and several other groups.

Statewide recognition: Husband and wife team Jeremy and Lynne Siegrist and their group the Typical Johnsons received plenty of attention at the 2016 Ohio Music Awards. Three different songs from the 2016 album, "The Sailor & the Siren," received awards in different categories. "The Lo Fi Type" won Best Rock Song, "How I Died Today" won Best Americana Song and "Ohio Gone" won Best Folk Song.

The Loveless rebounds: Dayton's reining psychobilly band the Loveless suffered a tragedy last year when the group's trailer caught fire on tour, destroying all their equipment. The hardworking crew got back on track thanks to $7,580 raised through a crowd funding campaign. The Loveless reaped the benefits in 2016 with solo outings in the United States and United Kingdom and a high-profile West Coast tour opening for the Nekromantix. The band is currently working on a new album.

New music: There were more than 30 local releases in 2016. Groups like the Pullouts, Far From Eden and Salvadore Ross were in the studio this year readying new music for the New Year so we could be in store for another bountiful year in 2017.