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"Punk is not dead. Punk will only die when corporations can exploit and mass produce it." The famous words of Jello Biafra still hold true today, contrary to popular belief. There are always going to be bands that exist who are do-it-yourself and not conforming to corporate standards. Since 2011, the Cleveland, Ohio punk trio Ready to Start has been making moves in the music scene. Guitarist and singer Drew Semelsberger and bassist and singer Zach Zoloty formed Ready to Start immediately after the death of their previous band's 4-year long life, now with Marty Munshower drumming. It started with getting together and demo'ing out songs which avalanched into enough for a demo. They debuted with a local newspaper interview when they released their demo/EP, "Not Long Until the End" in 2012, a month before the world would "end". "We think they have a lot of potential to be a great punk-rock band," Ultimate Music Mix remarked after listening to their 12-minute powerhouse demo/EP.
Surviving 2012, their first album "High School Shenanigans" helped them grasp a more widespread audience, grabbing the attention of many blogs and reviews online. They have played with a countless number of touring bands, including Pennsylvania's 2-year consecutive winner of the Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands, Last in Line.
Big plans are to come with Ready to Start in 2014. They are releasing their sophomore album "Corporate America" in June. Following the release in July, Ready to Start will be on a midwest tour: 10 shows in 8 states in 11 days. They'll also appear on 2 punk-rock compilation CDs this summer and are working towards playing a date on the Van's Warped Tour 2014.