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Drop To Zero, a band that took Kent's underground rock scene by storm in the early 2000s, is celebrating a reunion with the release of their first single in eight years, "Borealis," earlier this month and a few acoustic open mic appearances to promote their show at Musica July 8 with co-headliner Amplexus.
"Our home club was The Robin Hood in Kent," said Drop To Zero frontman Conor Sessions, a firefighter for Brimfield Township. "We would play with our friends in the band Amplexus and would regularly get over 300 kids in a place that wasn't meant for 300 people."
The band started fresh out of high school at Kent State University in 2004. They learned to play at Woodsy's and their drummer Derek Desko, who is flying in from New York for the reunion, even taught drums there.
Drop To Zero was active for almost six years releasing two albums and playing regional shows in almost every venue in Kent, Akron, Cleveland and Columbus. The last number of shows recorded was 200 plus a year.
The band will be playing a few tracks at Venice Cafe's open mic night at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, leading up to the reunion show with Amplexus on July 8 at Musica in Akron, where they will premier the new single "Borealis." The video for their new single was filmed at the Kent Stage.
"The single is a song we had unfinished," said Sessions who wrote the song. "We started writing it back when we were making our last record. We put it out for people that listen to our stuff. It's more or less a song about faith."
The last time Drop To Zero played was 2015. Sessions said the bandmates all have careers and families and live all over the country. Brendan Davis, the guitarist just finished serving five years in the military and is studying for his masters in North Carolina and Derek Desko, the drummer, is a chef in Brooklyn, NY.
"We played a couple years ago and it was a fantastic experience," Sessions said. "I hurt my back last summer and I started working on music. I had a lot of down time and I asked some of the guys if they wanted to play a show. We're all very busy people. It's difficult to get us in the same room. It took us a year to make it work. It's awesome to be in a position to do something creative again."
Sessions said the band may be more active going forward with Internet and recording options these days.