The Staggering Statistics
The Staggering Statistics began as a three-piece rock band from Cincinnati, OH. Bassist John Curley was a founding member of the Afghan Whigs and owns Cincinnati’s Ultrasuede recording studio. Austin Brown is a prolific songwriter and musician who played in dozens of bands from Houston to Seattle before arriving in Cincinnati and joining dozens more, many at the same time. Joe and Austin had worked together at Kaldi’s on Main in the late 1990’s. During that time, they composed and recorded music in Joe’s downtown apartment.
The Staggering Statistics formed in late 2002 as a series of improvisational jams at Ultrasuede involving Curley, Brown and various drummers. Eventually the jam sessions began to produce songs and the band played its first show on July 3, 2003. Since then, the group has continued to play Cincinnati and elsewhere. In addition, The Staggering Statistics have also appeared on bills with The Twilight Singers, The Violent Femmes and The Von Bondies.
The self-titled, self-released, debut EP came out in September 2004. It’s available on line at CD Baby and The Apple iTunes Music Store. The follow up LP, “All of this and more…” is scheduled for release on Cincinnati’s own Shake-It Records in early 2006. At this time, The Staggering Statistics continue to play shows in and around Cincinnati. In June 2005, the band played its first shows in New York City and Washington, DC and began recording their 3rd record, “Pixelated Ones & Zeros”.
Musically, The Staggering Statistics have drawn comparisons to Pavement, Lou Reed, Television and The Who. The sound is full and exciting, ranging from delicate melodies to decapitating fuzz bass solos. Austin’s cool vocal delivery and Joe’s British invasion harmonies float atop a sonic sea that is always more than the sum of its parts. This is a unique band with excellent lyrics, great songs and a killer live show.
Update Nov. 2005 – Sam Wommelsdorf joins up on guitar and keyboards. Sam is also in the band Culture Queer. Before that, Sam was in Throneberry, who put out several records on Alias and toured the US and Europe.
From the band’s 2005 website bio