The Clifton Beat is a rock & power-pop band comprised of four
veteran music-makers from Lakewood, Ohio -- Mark Bluhm (Jessup,
Tumbling Dice, Inner Ring Conspiracy), Paul Nickels (The Backdoor Men,
Napoleon in Rags, Inner Ring Conspiracy) Bill Rouse (Dead
Celebrities, Inner Ring Conspiracy), and David Lowery, who is in
his very first band.
Influences are as broad as rock & roll itself, and
revolve around tight arrangements,
edgy guitars, and well-conceived harmonies.
WIth three (or, perhaps,
two and a half) writers, The Clifton Beat's set, comprised by a
large majority of original songs, really covers the waterfront
of power pop.
The Clifton Beat began life as Inner Ring Conspiracy back in
2011, which released an original album,
"Gray Day in Cleveland," in 2012. When original singer Tim
Pursifull departed a couple years later, the band felt the need
to re-brand itself, as Tim was such a strong part of the
identity of IRC. Thus, we became The Clifton Beat, with 80's
Cleveland popster Jim Butterfield joining on guitar and vocals
and bringing some additional great originals to the band. Work
commitments - yes, real life intrudes - forced Jim to leave
after just two years, and the door opened for Dave Lowery to
join as an additional vocalist/guitarist, completng the band's
The band released its first offering on CD,
the End of Time," in November 2015, and plays great live
sets at venues across Greater Cleveland. Contact The Clifton
Here's What the Cleveland Scene said about a recent Clifton Beat
The Clifton Beat Plays Debut
Show at Winchester Music Hall
Eric Sandy on Mon, May 5, 2014
at 1:06 PM
Over the weekend,
performed their debut show at Winchester
Music Hall in Lakewood. The band features musicians from a
number of other local acts, notably including the bulk of
Inner Ring Conspiracy.
The Clifton Beat
craft a really enjoyable sound. Their songwriting is a nice
throwback to simpler iterations of rock 'n' roll, at times
inching toward the world of power pop. The veins of both The
Beatles and The Replacements are tapped with all due energy.
Each musician lends their voice to the music at various
times and they each bring a distinctly different approach.
The addition of Butterfield to the other three's chemistry
seemed to work wonders; he brought a certain edge to the
songs he took lead vocals on.
Twin highlights were "The
Garden" and "Gray Day in Cleveland," which figured
prominently among Inner Ring Conspiracy setlists. Later in
the set, they rolled out a fine take on "Dead Flowers."
They'll play again July 24 at the Lunchtime Summer
Concert Series at the Galleria at Erieview downtown.
Dan Miraldi and Sarah Luffred opened the show at the
Winchester with characteristic zeal and laid the table for a
fine set of rock from the aforementioned Clifton Beat.