The House Popes
Review by Steve Alspach
You can argue who the best band is in America, but few are better educated than Akron, Ohio's Housepopes, who sport three Ph.D's, an MD, and a few other scattered degrees amongst the ranks. But musically they are very much rooted in the common - a curious mix of rock, roots, Americana, pop, a tinge of new wave, and that sense of quirkiness that seems indigenous to the Akron area. (Same town that brought us Devo, so what do you expect?) Cleaning House is the 'Popes first album after five years of performing around the Akron area.
The band consists of: Ken Bindas, vocals, acoustic guitar, and mandolin; Michael Graham, vocals, guitars, and mandolin; Tony Sterns, bass, electronic woodwind instrument, and backing vocals; Joe Falen, drums and percussion; Eric Jagar, saxophone; Scott Randolph, accordion, harmonica, trombone, and tin whistle; and Rob Thompson, guitar and banjo.