Concert preview: Dayton’s Enon lives on in Crooks on Tape

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From the January 23, 2014 edition

The newborn crew, which released its debut album Fingerprint last year, boasts two members from the late, loved Dayton rock group Enon: John Schmersal and Rick Lee.

Like Enon, Crooks on Tape specializes in trippy pop tunes that, at times, barely sound tethered to reality. Instrumental jam “Tito’s Riser” could accompany a particularly gnarly acid trip, while the Novocain-numb “Wandered Again” builds around muted drums, shaggy-sweater vocals and a guitar effect that mimics a lonesome seagull’s cry.

This is what could pass for straightforward pop on the other side of the looking glass.

Van Dale opens the show.

Photo courtesy of Crooks on Tape