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

Devil Met Contention. Thank you to everybody for coming out, last night!

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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)


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 New Milwaukee Tradition


It was a blast to be asked to play this show in which MKE bands draft other bands and then cover their music live.  It’s a reminder of how much talent and variety there is in this city – and that people from outside of it may not know that it’s here.  Our set was de/reconstructed hip hop from Vincent Van Great which means I had ALOT of fun playing drums.  (and BTW thank to Nick Lang from Buffalo Gospel for letting me use his vintage Ludwig kit for that chunky thump.)

Abby Jeanne and her awesome band did a great take on our stuff and I really wish I had been recording it because it was <insert fire emogi x 10>!!!

A Swing around the Heartland

DMC is packing up the van, grabbing some snacks and heading out for a quick 10 days around the Midwest.

Don’t worry about preseason football or the impending end of this gorgeous Summer, just come out and see us and have some fun!

“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’

Devil Met Contention live on “Hear Here Presents” Music Series

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Back in November of 2015 DMC was invited to take part in a live loft recording series called Hear Here Presents. It was a blast and you can hear folks from the crew and other bands that took part in the evening’s sessions.  I played this show all hopped up on flu medicine but at least my hair looked good!

From a gear perspective, I was trying out some new Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple drums (snare and floor tom) along with a Taye Studio Birch kick with the Woodshed Percussion logo head. Those sick 16″ hihats are Impression Dark series. So slinky good! And don’t forget the cool Big Fat Snare drum snare-bourine to get that fat 70s thump on the third track.

Watch and Listen here:

2015 Keeps on Rolling!

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It’s already April!

Starting to fill in the Spring and Summer dates of 2015, here’s what is on the books so far:

With Nineteen Thirteen
April 4, 2015 @ 7PM – George’s Tavern – Racine, WI
April 17, 2015 @ 7PM,  w/ The Shift & Parallel – Linneman’s – Milwaukee, WI
June 4, 2015 @ 8:30PM – The Bay – Whitefish Bay, WI
June 13, 2015 @ 1PM – Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) – West Bend, WI
June 20, 2015 @ 4PM – Lakefront Festival of The Arts  (MAM) – Milwaukee, WI
July 12, 2015 @ 5PM – Bastille Days: Cathedral Square Stage – Milwaukee, WI
August 7-8, 2015 Mile of Music Festival – Appleton, WI

With Devil Met Contention
April 11, 2015 @ 9PM, w/ The Local Strangers & New Boyz Club – Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee, WI
April 30, 2015 @ 8PM – Linneman’s – Milwaukee, WI
May 1, 2015 @ 8PM – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee, WI
May 5, 2015 @ 5PM – Live on 91.7 WMSE Radio – Milwaukee, WI
May 28, 2015 @ 7PM – UWM Honors Martin Jack Rosenblum – Milwaukee, WI
May 30, 2015 @ 7PM – The Great Unknown Radio Fundraiser – Appleton, WI
July 11, 2015 @ 7PM, w/ New Red Moons & Tree Party – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee, WI
August 7-8, 2015 Mile of Music Festival – Appleton, WI

With Dave Fitzpatrick Band
April 23, 2015 @ Harley Davidson Museum – Milwaukee, WI