Identical-twin brothers Matthew and Daniel Spaugy first met Paul Monnin when he became their next-door neighbor in the spring of 1998. The three grade-school-aged boys quickly became close friends and have been ever since. In their formative years, the three friends were avid rock ‘n roll fans, spending countless hours in the early 2000’s in used-CD stores scouring through the discographies of everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to Buddy Guy and Gram Parsons. As teenagers, they each began playing the guitar and started co-writing songs, eventually adding a drummer and forming a spirited-but-short-lived high-school rock band. Upon graduation, the three friends moved on with their lives and spent the next ten-plus years on informal hiatus.
When Matt, Dan, and Paul reunited in the Dayton, Ohio area in the spring of 2017; they founded Age Nowhere with a musical vision nearly two decades in the making. The band’s blend of rock and country is as distinct as it is hard to pin down. Singer/songwriter Paul Monnin provides a steady rhythm guitar and evocative lead vocals that tell tales of heartbreak, alienation, and introspection. The Spaugy brothers dial in guitar tones ranging from unmistakably-classic to entirely-experimental; sharing responsibilities as lead guitarists, rhythm players, and multi-instrumentalists with distinct voices. An evening with these guys is almost sure to feature Matt on the bass VI or baritone and Dan on a b-bender or steel guitar. Matt Terry joined the band shortly after its inception to serve as its full-time bassist and primary backing vocalist. Terry’s voice and intuition on the low end quickly became integral to the band’s sound.
The band released Airport Sounds, their debut album, on March 23rd, 2019. The album is inspired by the band’s upbringings in the areas surrounding Dayton, Ohio; a city that was changed forever by the Wright brother’s innovations in flight. Airport Sounds was recorded at Reel Love Record Company in Dayton and was engineered and produced by Patrick Himes. In a stranger-than-fiction twist that is neither truly-ironic nor entirely-coincidental, Himes also produced and engineered Shrug’s acclaimed 2005 album, Whole Hog For The Macho Jesus, the fifth track of which is a rockin’ tune titled “Age Nowhere.” Upon founding the band Age Nowhere, Monnin asked Shrug’s Tod Weidner for permission to use the name in an unsolicited Facebook message.