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Cleveland, Ohio’s Ragers came barreling out of the gates in 2012 and have not looked back. The hard-hitting alternative rock quartet has played Cleveland's top clubs, biggest events and festivals, as well as touring the U.S. Mid-West and East Coast in support of their debut release the "Amnesia EP".
The members bring a range of experience to the band. Singer/Guitarist Brandon Zano and drummer Stephen Nicholson have played together in numerous rock incarnations including Leo and Dozen Dead Roses, the most prominent of their former groups being electro-rock outfit This Is a Shakedown. After TIAS' breakup, Brandon put together a home studio and started to make solo recordings in an electro-pop vein. “I got halfway through and decided I didn’t want to be a pop singer,” he says. “I wanted to go back to my roots — straight forward two-guitar-bass-and-drums rock. Of course, I called Stephen.”
Zano also called lead guitarist Matt Jauch, whom he's known since the mid-90's. Jauch, a veteran of the local scene has played in Cleveland groups since the mid-90's including Chalkline, Solo Flyer, Boatzz and Stimulus Package. By the time Brandon started Ragers, Matt was on a music hiatus. “Brandon pulled me out of retirement”.
Together the group dove into the tracks that Brandon was writing — propulsive tunes like “The Devil Inside of Me” and “Blood on the Dance Floor” whose giddy, pulsing grooves evoke elements of neo-psychedelic rock groups like Band of Skulls, The Cult and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Pretty soon, Ragers were writing songs together as a band.
In 2013 Ragers appeared at Summerfest in Milwaukee and the Dewey Beach Fest in Delaware. Winter of 2013/2014 the band settled in to write their debut long player. Tracking will begin in June 2014. Paul Bartholet has replaced Caitlin Dorney on bass.