When not starting internet flame wars with Columbus Discount Records, Eric Metronome has been up to some much more positive activity: He posted free downloads of all five Tiara albums on Facebook.
From the mid-90s to the mid-aughts, Tiara was one of the city's truest talents, bringing grace and sophistication to a rock underground built on balls-out punk abrasion. I didn't tune into local music until the last couple years of Tiara's run, but I distinctly remember my first encounter with the band when they opened for Travis Morrison and Doris Henson at Supraphonic Studios in the spring of 2005. Their grandiose orchestration and bare-hearted lyrical flair lured me in, and I ended up spending much of that summer spinning a mix of demos from the band's swansong, Chained to the Crown.
Their farewell was one of my first stories for Alive. I can't believe it's been almost four years. If they're up for a reunion show, I'll be there for sure. In the meantime, I got me some albums to discover.