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Dante, Inferno light up DeWine on new song

John Dante has a message for Gov. Mike DeWine.

John Dante and the Inferno will debut a new song called “Hello Gov’ner” on a live EP set for release on Friday.

“That one is pretty much about all the restrictions and lockdowns people are dealing with and the frustration bands and fans have about not being able to see shows,” the Howland-based musician said. “It’s old-school punk with a rock edge. It’s a bit of rallying cry, a protest song and an emotional outlet. It’s our reaction to all of the new orders, our response to 2020, and it seemed like a good song to cap off the live set.”

The EP will be accompanied by a video version that was shot at Nexus Sound Studio in Youngstown and will debut on YouTube.

“We’ve been doing a lot of livestreaming and there aren’t a lot of concerts going on because of the lockdown, so there’s not a lot of ways to reach people,” Dante said “We wanted to do something higher-quality, with better production. We were able to mix and master, edit in camera angles.

“It’s a good representation of where we’re at as a band. We wanted to get this out to as many people as possible.”

The band is a duo with Dante on guitar and vocals (and triggering a drum machine from his pedalboard) and John Falgiani on bass.

For the EP and video, they played for an audience that included Nexus engineer Keith Kelly along with a small camera, sound and lighting crew. After several months of livestream performances, Dante said it wasn’t much of an adjustment playing the show without an audience.

The video version includes three songs from the band’s 2020 album “Lies”“Trash,” “Bad Decision” and “Where to What Next” — along with “Hello Gov’ner.” The EP, which will be available on streaming services and can be purchased for $4.99 for a digital download, adds a fifth track, a cover of Black Sabbath’s “N.I.B.”

Dante expands the more laid-back jam-band vibe of “Lies” with rock and blues elements and even a brief Irish folk interlude on a song about notorious Cleveland mobster “Danny Greene.” Despite coming out just two weeks before the statewide shutdown in mid-march, Dante said the band was able to play its album release show in Kent and was able to keep busy this summer.

“We had to be adaptive, find different backyard parties and play counties that weren’t super red (with high COVID-19 rates),” he said. “We were able to play almost every weekend, a lot of festivals and backyard parties.”

agray@tribtoday.com

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