All the music with none of the makeup

Sean Ammerman


All Headliners, No Eyeliner

Featuring ADHD, When Words Fail You, Ten Count Fail, Made in Canada, The Rydells

Where? Fat Jimmy’s

When? Saturday at 9 p.m.

How much? $5, 21+, $7, 18+

For someone who is trying to break into the modern music trends but doesn’t have the dedication to buy the necessary tight jeans, hair dye and eyeliner, then Fat Jimmy’s might have the answer.

On Saturday, the club on Water Street will host “All Headliners, No Eyeliner,” a showcase for several local bands guaranteed to make you (or at least your younger sister) swoon.

Expect to see and hear anything from pop-punk (Sex Pistols meets Clay Aiken) to ska (originally Jamaican music, but now anything that sounds like Sublime) to emo (short for emotional) to screamo (short for completely stupid). The only stipulation is that these bands are to refrain from wearing makeup, which is a fashion statement making its way back into indie-circles.

If you are a normal person, you may not understand the differences between all these musical genres. Besides, in the end, there are really only two categories: awesome music and lame music. So here are some of the bands you can expect to see Saturday night (which by the way, is a night not all right for fighting), explained for those who may not be too familiar with the current trends:


Probably the best band you’ll hear Saturday, ADHD mixes several musical styles such as ska, funk and good old-fashioned punk rock. The horns in the music add an extra dimension to this mostly-guitar-dominated field. And with lyrics that aren’t over-the-top, this band from Cleveland injects a healthy dose of fun into its music. The creative rhythms and arrangements are a refreshing change of pace.

When Words Fail You

These guys from Cleveland would fall under the unique category of “screamo,” whether they want to admit it or not. The lyrics start off yearning, but, next thing you know, they turn into a super-emo squeal. This group goes no-holds-barred for their live shows, where the energy and feeling are more important than hitting those pesky high vocal notes.

Ten Count Fall

This band likes to mix a lot of loud/soft dynamics into its well-structured pop tunes. Just when you think a song has reached its tranquil apex, boom! A drum fill ushers in a reprise of the chorus. It may be a tired formula for some, but it certainly keeps people coming back for more. These Youngstown natives like to explore themes traditional emoists hold sacred – lost friendships, boredom and pessimism.

Made in Canada

These guys are practically old-time veterans compared to the other bands. Having already released two full albums and an EP, MIC has perfected its formula of catchy pop hooks mixed with Blink 182-style guitars. Expect to hear tales of loners, broken hearts, and bitchy females from this emotional group from Canfield.

The Rydells

With chugging guitars and harmonizing vocals, this group is truly going for a big sound with its music. The band’s introspective lyrics and dramatic melodies may cause one to actually weep while listening. The intricate song structures and hyper-active rhythms also prove these boys can actually play their instruments whilst having tender feelings.

Contact ALL correspondent Sean Ammerman at [email protected].