Ampline has been a Cincinnati staple since their inception. Rumors have been traveling about their next album and FINALLY we have a release date of January 26th! The video for “Passion Relapse” from the new album was recently released, and it does not disappoint.
Kevin Schmidt, Rick McCarty and Mike Montgomery have been writing, recording and touring as Ampline since 2001. Since then, they’ve stitched their way across the United States many times and have done multiple tours in Europe and the UK. Passion Relapse is the group’s fifth full-length album. It was recorded, mixed and mastered at Montgomery’s Candyland; an analog-based recording studio located in Dayton, KY that has played recent host to acts such as; The Breeders, Protomartyr, Buffalo Killers, R.Ring, Ed Crawford (fIREHOSE), Courtney Barnett, The Tillers, Jeremy Pinnell, Bat Fangs (Betsy Wright/Ex Hex) and many others.
Tracking live to tape enabled the band to capture the energy of playing together in a room, imbuing the songs with a sense of cohesion and urgency. As raw and propulsive as it is, the new LP is some of the band’s most accessible writing to date. Prior to founding Ampline, Schmidt played in the avant post-punk groups; Elk and Covington. Rick and Mike played together in the bands; Thistle, The Light Wires and El Gigante.
Montgomery, along with The Breeders’ Kelley Deal, is currently a member of the duo, R.Ring, who’ve recently released their debut LP. Mike also plays in Mike Vallely and the New Arms alongside iconic professional skateboarders Kristian Svitak (The Heartaches / Swami Recs) and Mike Vallely (Black Flag / Good For You with Greg Ginn). The group has been touring the States and overseas this past year.