Southgate House
Saturday – Sep 26 – 11:00

Cincinnati, OH

"The eight instrumentals that make up Ampline's debut disc The Choir have more in common with Mission Of Burma than the standard amorphous post-rock. The Cincinnati group plays passages of complex, chiming beauty, but most of its songs begin and end in a compressed rush so intense that it's easy to forget the lack of vocals..." - The Onion

"Ampline's guitar isn't droning for the sake of holding up the entire song, the way Emo bands typically do...the drums could be a band unto themselves, as the bass rolls along tactfully, never going Flea-like on the listener." - 2Walls

"Really good amped up instrumental guitar rock. The guys in Ampline never even considered having a singer...which is just as well, because they obviously don't need vocals in order to make their music work. These four gentlemen have a great big adrenaline-fueled sound that is characterized by charging rhythms and heavy guitars. These guys can rock, that's for sure...but even more impressive is the fact that they also venture into some heady progressive areas that are most appealing. These guys are doing all the right things the right way." - Babysue

"Well no one is preaching to the choir here, instead we’ve got fine upstanding indie rock without the nuance of vocals. Most times vocalist can make or break a band, Ampline's members become made men on their own. Adding in the unique sounds of a vibraphone on a couple of tracks, The Choir is a musician’s album with frustratingly difficult song structures that track a course through the entire 8 tracks. I really like this band and I’m looking forward to their next offerings. I’d LOVE to see them live and so would you. Go get this album because your CD collection is thus far incomplete without it." - Smother

"For Cincinnati, Ohio's Ampline, The Choir proves that their brand of instrumental music has legs to stand on its own. Immediately I was impressed with the solid musicianship; intricate guitar lines feed off a tight rhythm section, constantly weaving in and out of each other. Equally impressive is the slick, well-balanced production, which brings the band’s strengths to the forefront. 'Losing Things to Find Them Later' starts the disc off at a blistering pace, setting the tone for the ensuing songs which, incidentally, make for some great driving music. The rest of the songs are just as engaging, offering an interesting mix of jazz, surf, and straight-up rock. Bottom Line – this is a great disc by a great band." - Sponic