Alone at 3AM

Alone at 3AM
The band, led by Max Fender, a definitive symbol of the American working man via
overwhelmingly truthful lyrics and his “worn from trying, yet never going to give up” withered
voice, have been performing since 2000. While over the past decade the band has seen some
shifts both in the genre and lineup, the current situation proves that it has all been worth it.
Matched by his soulful female counterpart Sarah Davis on keys and backup vocals, and paired
with Clay Cason on lead guitar, the band showcases their ability to tastefully rip down the walls
or dynamically recede into a dark corner. Rounded out by an extremely tight rhythm section
consisting of Joey Beck on bass and the cryptic Chazz Stitler on drums, this is the Alone At
3AM the fans have been waiting for.
While From an Ohio Basement does not necessarily offer a glimpse into the band’s future, it
certainly makes you respect where the music comes from, offering some insight as to how the
band crafts their own brand of Alt-Country meets Rock n’ Roll, with a slight hint of some
influences that span from late ’90s East Coast hardcore to the early 2000s Southern Florida punk
scenes. A combination of higher production quality from the band’s now home base of
Candyland Studios with the ever-talented Mike Montgomery (Buffalo Killers, The Light
Wires) at the engineering helm, along with mastering by Jason Ward (The Gaza Strippers, Del
Rey), the songs of From an Ohio Basement come to life stronger than ever before.
As Alone At 3AM have been described as “comfort food for the Cincinnati music fan” (Joe Long,
Each Note Secure), From an Ohio Basement is sure to recall some great memories from the fans
through years of smoke-filled and beer-drenched performances. What better way to say thanks
than with a 7″ full of songs that crowds have screamed out in requests over the years, but never
had the opportunity to take home, until now.
As the band pays respect to their own rustic past, they also look forward to a bright future. This
ray of hope came to fruition in July of 2011, with a peak performance at the Underground Music
Showcase Festival in Denver, CO, a showcase that became the highest fan-voted set of the
festival (the band won The Flat Response’s reader’s poll), in addition to a deal with Denver’s own
Suburban Home Records, a personal favorite of the band. This coming year will see the band
out on the road and the festival circuit, alongside their national debut, Midwest Mess, due out in
April 2012. It is always nice to see a hardworking band receive well-deserved notoriety, especially
when they have been labeled as “criminally underrated” (Joe Long, Each Note Secure). It is hard
to believe what all has happened within the band’s 10 year career, not only to think that it is truly
just getting started, but also that all it came from an Ohio basement.