The Prohibitionists

The Prohibitionists

Washington Platform
Thursday – Sep 24 – 9:00

The four members of the Prohibitionists come together to slap you in the face with a whirlwind of rock and roll in the truest sense. Mario DeStefano, with his straightforward and driving drums, is the foundation upon which the band crafts its sound. Eli White, formerly of Cincinnati-based Moth, brings the group basslines telling of a strong background in punk and surf rock. Michael Nauman's guitar riffs are reminiscent of a subtler, more exacting Chuck Berry, and set up a perfect counterpoint to Bryan Sespico's rockabilly howls and fuzzy rhythm lines.

With influences ranging from sixties bands like the Kinks and the Beatles to more modern bands like Sonic Youth and Pixies, the Prohibitionists believe that real rock and roll with soul is still relevant in today's culture of divas and self-disconnection. Their live show commands attention from the start and keeps the energy up all the way through their set with entertaining covers and dance-able originals.

The band has played at Cincinnati venues like the Northside Tavern, TopCats, the Comet bar, The Mad Hatter, and the Blue Rock Tavern as well as numerous basement shows and parties. The Prohibitionists believe that there are only three reasons to play a show- to have fun, to make money, and to learn something. When they can do two out of those three, they call it a good night.