The Pullouts ready new EP

The Pullouts, (clockwise from bottom left) Scott Houchens, Andy Fletcher, Geoff Hill and John Roby, perform at The Courtyard Lounge in Englewood on Saturday, Jan. 7. CONTRIBUTED
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The Pullouts, (clockwise from bottom left) Scott Houchens, Andy Fletcher, Geoff Hill and John Roby, perform at The Courtyard Lounge in Englewood on Saturday, Jan. 7. CONTRIBUTED

Dayton is loaded with musical talent worthy of international adoration, but much of that is in niche markets like Americana, indie rock and the jam band scene. If any group has the goods for massive mainstream appeal, it’s the Pullouts, bringing its well-crafted, piano-driven pop rock to The Courtyard Lounge in Englewood on Saturday, Jan. 7.

The Pullouts, which formed in 2011, will release a new CD, “Nights of the Morning After,” in mid-February. Leader Scott Houchens (vocals, keyboards) recently answered some questions about the new EP and his band, which includes Andy Fletcher (vocals, guitar), Geoff Hill (vocals, bass) and John Roby (vocals, drums).

Q: You have a real classic rock-inspired sound but it’s still contemporary. What inspired it?

A: "Thanks, that's what I set out to do. I enjoy a lot of Jackson Browne, Ben Folds and the Eagles, so the piano-rock stuff comes naturally. I've always had a knack for melody. That seems to be the thing I have the most control over. I find that the people that are into the Pullouts' music is a pretty wide age range. Whether you're 13 years old or 81 years old, it's something everyone can get into and that's something I'm excited to have going."

Q: How has the group changed since your 2014 debut?

A: "The biggest difference in the first endeavor and this one is I finally have three guys that are in the band. For the first record, I brought in all kinds of different guys to lay down different parts. We had about eight different people playing on the first record. This is more reflective of the four of us. I gave a little more creative control to the other guys in the band when we were coming up with parts for the songs."

Q: You recorded with Dwayne Lundy at Shangri-la Studio in Lexington, Ky. How was that experience?

A: "It added a whole new breath of fresh air to get out of Dayton and get away from our rehearsal space, which is where we recorded the last album. I'm a pretty big stickler — I'm my own worst critic — but I was impressed with not only the performances we were able to capture but how Dwayne added his own bells and whistles. It was nice to get a fresh pair of ears for these songs. Dwayne is like a mad scientist in a way, and added his own ideas and twists to these songs. We're looking forward to working with him again."


WANT TO GO?

Who: The Pullouts

Where: The Courtyard Lounge, 320 W. National Road, Englewood.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.

Cost: $5.

More info: 937-836-9511 or www.facebook.com/courtyardlounge

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