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The Dumb Easies to kick off 2012 Music Fest

What started off as a three-member girl punk rock band has expanded to seven members — five of whom are guys.

Local indie pop band The Dumb Easies will perform at this year’s Music Fest Friday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. in the grassy area south of Memorial Field House.

The band describes itself as “tortured pop with a cherry on top,” according to its website, and will play songs from its latest album, Love! Love! Love! It was produced by Cytoblast Records.

The Dumb Easies won the opening slot in a competition among local bands by submitting a video that was voted on by community members through Facebook.

“We are all excited,” said Cory Andricks, the band’s front man and singer-songwriter. “We were really surprised we won because we are a Bowling Green band.”

The current makeup of The Dumb Easies — Andricks, drummer Heather Revill, lead guitarist Scotty Harkness, backup vocalist and tambourine player Ted Truman, bass player James Clark, backup vocalist and maracas player Kaela Thomas, and backup vocalist and tambourine player Matt Truman — has been around since 2005.

“We have had a few different lineups, but Heather and I are the originals,” Andricks said.

Andricks said the current iteration has seven members, but the original band — The Cupcakes — was a punk-influenced girl group influenced that broke up when a member moved to Cleveland.

When The Dumb Easies formed in 2005, group members decided to make their own CD inserts out of construction paper and used a 1950s typewriter to put songs, credits and notes on either side.

It was a unique way to promote the band: Each CD was different from any other that might still be floating around, according to Andricks. The Dumb Easies claim to have given away hundreds of discs, according to its website.

Andricks said the band played a show in New York in June, and is looking forward to a good turnout at Music Fest.

“I’m excited. Depending on how many people show up, this probably will be the biggest show we have ever played,” Andricks said.

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/musicfest and thedumbeasies.com.

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