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The Ready Stance

The Ready Stance

The Ready Stance is a Cincinnati band that's rapidly gaining national attention. Their debut release, Damndest, garnered high praise in various US and UK magazines and appeared on several 'Best of 2012' lists. The band is currently at work on their highly anticipated second album while playing summer dates with Cracker and other national acts. The Ready Stance pairs local veterans from Ass Ponys and Middlemarch with dynamic frontman Chase Johnston to make accessible, guitar-fueled, rock with an emphasis on songwriting and storytelling.


"Cincinnati has produced so many wonderful musicians. The Ready Stance is among that number. You will be hearing a lot about them in the future.”

-Chris Frantz, Talking Heads / TomTom Club

“It’s hard to evoke a certain classic style without being overly derivative,  but the Ready Stance really pulls it off—plus they write great songs. To me, that’s triumph.”

-Chuck Cleaver, Wussy/Ass Ponys

“In these days of gimmicky indie art projects, the Ready Stance’s time-honored sound is rare: just four guys in a room knocking out straight-up, folk-based rock, much as it could’ve been done in 1986 or even 1966. Yarns—all set to sweeping, melody-rich hooks, raw, ringing guitars, and driving rhythms—are rooted in fact and stranger than fiction; literate, image-laden observations with a penchant for classic, bent Midwestern arcana.

-Peter Aaron, Music Editor, Chronogram

“GREAT guitar sounds”

-Stan Demeski, The Feelies

"Eats like a meal. Hale and hearty, THE READY STANCE is earnest, urgent American music. Interweaving, tube-fueled guitars careen through melodic yarns with energy to spare. Poignant vocals and textured harmonies."