Cleveland, Ohio’s Ragers are a newer band, but they came barreling out of the gates and have not looked back. Formed in December 2011, the hard-hitting alternative rock quartet has already played Cleveland's top clubs, biggest events and festivals. They hit the road on tour in September of 2012 and February of 2013 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 for 16 years. 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”.
Bassist Caitlin Dorney met Brandon when she interned for This Is a Shakedown’s former label. She wasn’t a bassist then; she’d played classical flute since 5th grade. “I went and took lessons for about six to eight months.”
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.
The band is currently writing material for their full length debut and playing shows regionally. Ragers will tour atleast 2 more times in 2013 with confirmed appearances at Summerfest in Milwaukee and the Dewey Beach Fest in Delaware.