Good Times to Outweigh the Bad – 2017 edition

My site has been a little neglected what with everything that happened in 2017 so here’s a little listicle of highlights and pics that made it a little better.

June 4 – We played The Brewtown Rumble in the shadow of the lovely Pabst brewery in Downtown Milwaukee. It was HOT!  We did a second set without the suits and I put my hair up haha

June 10: I love the swirly stage at Company Brewing
(Thanks Luke for the backline drums which allowed me to fly in and just jump onstage and play)


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Repost @sheaavril ・・・ Devil Met Contention absolutely killed it at Summerfest, yesterday! Thank you so much to everybody who came out and rocked out with us! 😍 I was too busy at the merch stand to run back up to the stage and get any pictures of the guys performing, so here's a picture of pre-show Ehson. If you got any cool shots of the guys, last night, please share away! We would love to see them! . . . . . #MKEDMC #americana #rock #folk #wisconsin #milwaukee #local #midwest #DevilMetContention #Yamaha #drums #Acoustic #Drummers #Taye #Ludwig #Impression #Alvarez #Telecaster #Fender #Guitar #Menswear #Suit #Suits #Beard #Beards #summerfest #summerfest2017 #summerfest17 #festival

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June 30: We played Summerfest AKA The World’s largest Muic Festival as part of their Emerging Artists series (Ehson lounging backstage)

July 26: We played Chill on the Hill – it was a perfect night albeit a little buggy.  Ignore my love handles and just enjoy this photo for it’s epicness.


August ?: Speaking of epic! I hate photos of myself but someone shared this online and I think I’m ok with it  😉


September 9: We played Rock the Green on a 100% pedal powered stage!
“Milwaukee’s Devil Met Contention, was the sharpest dressed band of the festival, with each of the members donning a matching dark suit.  They brought their southwestern tinged tunes to the Pedal Power Stage, riding into their set with a unique sound and soulful energy.  Lead singer/songwriter Ehson Rad’s deep vocals and storytelling helped lead almost the entire crowd at the festival at the time over to the Pedal Power Stage for their late afternoon set.  Equal parts musically rocking and lyrically poignant, Devil Met Contention are a band on the rise who held the audience in the palms of their hands during their forty-five minute set.”

October 12: National Tastemaker 88NINE Radio Milwaukee included us on their Pledge Drive CD gift called “Live From Studioo Milwaukee, Vol.7”. Had we known at the time that we would end up rubbing shoulder with Old 97s, Aimee Mann, Robyn Hitchcock, The Magnetic Zeroes, Brett Dennen and Mike Doughty we would have played better haha!

November and December: we carved out a little bit of time to demo, track and produce two new songs for release in 2018. They’re definitely a move into new territory for us and I hope people will be into them as much as we are.  I can honestly say this is the first time that I never once got tired of hearing the songs throughout the entire process which is rare I think.

Also, Daniel Holter is our new champ behind the board and its been such a pleasure to watch him work.

SEE YOU IN 2018!


A couple of best of 2016 mentions…

Big thanks to our friends in Europe at the Troubadour Radio show!  They put “Fuel the Lights”  at #14 on their top Twenty  for 2016.  It is an amazing feeling to know that our music is making it’s way around the globe and that people are enjoying it.
(Plus my old Boss Michael McDermott made the list as well. Glad to see and hear him doing some of his finest work to date in 2016.)

Also thanks to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for adding “Fire” to their “The 10 best Milwaukee songs of 2016” list.

SoFar Sounds Indy style!

We did one of these last year in Milwaukee and it was fun but not nearly as epic as the Indianapolis version.  A flash flood rolled through Broadripple about 2 hours before the show. Power was out and it seemed like we’d have to cancel but thankfully everything sorted itself out in time for a great show.   Plus, I got to see some family which was a bonus. I’m that Uncle who is also a rock star, haha!

(Edit: 23-10-16.  The video is up!

“Fuel The Lights” out now!



It’s Alive!  haha

Stream and Download Fuel The Lights, the new album by Devil Met Contention today!…/fuel-the-lights
Or you can find them on Spotify, Itunes, Youtube and everywhere digital music is sold.

Also,  a HUGE thank you to Milwaukee Record for the exclusive early stream and kind words about the new music. We love our local press!

Exclusive: Suit up for Devil Met Contention’s debut full-length, ‘Fuel The Lights’

Music For Time Travel!


After about a year of various sessions and a single release last year of “Summertime”, this release is ready for the world.  It was an honor to join Victor DeLorenzo, Janet Schiff, Rob Wasserman, Monia and more special guests by contributing drum set and percussion to this release.  If time and venues permit, I may even get to join V & J onstage in the future to play some of these tunes live!.