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Area music scene’s top ladies form supergroup

Also news from Controller, disappear., Man of the Flood, Debutants

Local supergroup L80's Night will debut July 22 at Fort Wayne Pride.

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 13, 2022

Just when you thought the scene couldn’t get any cooler, I introduce to you L80’s Night, a local supergroup paying homage to some of the most influential female pop/rock icons of the ’80s. 

This female-centric group features three local powerhouse ladies that have joined forces to deliver the most bodacious ’80s experience you will ever encounter. The three frontwomen are Eliza Toth, Lisa McDavid, and Lisa Loza. Rounding out the band are Carly Ingalls (keyboards), Autumn Toth (bass), Nick Tamez (drums), Gary Toth (guitar), and Logan Weber (keys and sax). 

As you can see, the talent runs deep, with members of L80’s Night being involved in local elites including Urban Legend, The Freak Brothers, The Wickersham Brothers, Sweetwater All Stars, and Night to Remember, to name a few. 

Together, the band sports flashy outfits and performs remarkable, spot-on hits like Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time,” The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited,” and Irene Cara’s “What a Feeling.” 

L80’s Night was inspired by Eliza Toth’s passion to join forces with women in music and to create an experience that empowers and unites them. 

“I believe in surrounding myself with women who are on the same mission, both on and off the stage,” she said. “We need to stand together in life, support, and uplift each other, and what better way than to do it through music.” 

L80’s Night’s first performance will be at Pride Fest at Headwaters Park on Friday, July 22, where they will perform on the main stage from 8:45-10:15 p.m. 

Show set for new Controller EP

The rock outfit Controller recently released an EP titled Elements of Humanity, a six-song effort that took about a year to write and a month to record. 

The EP was recorded and mixed by Austin Putt of 1521 Studios and mastered by Forester Savell at his home studio in Sydney. The obvious question is: “How does a band from Fort Wayne get hooked up with someone in Australia to help with an album?” Of course, that’s where we are these days with technology, but come to find out, they have been working with him for a few years now. 

“I found him from other bands he’s worked with that I’ve been a fan of for years,” guitarist Stephen Sedik said. “I reached out to him at the beginning of 2019, and we had some small talk and shop talk, and after a few conversations about his mastering process, I asked him if he would like to be our mastering engineer.” 

In honor of the release, Controller will have a CD release party Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Stan’s Room in Piere’s. Joining them will be their Curtain Call Records label mates Messer and Defiant and local favs Tuesday Atlas

Make sure to snag yourself a copy or give it a whirl on one of the major streaming sites.  

Nab new disappear. album

The hardcore act disappear. have released a full-length album titled Burn the Ships

The band began writing the album at the beginning of 2019, and after many unfortunate setbacks, delays, and trials, it has finally seen the light of day. 

This 14-track effort was recorded in multiple places with Dan Kinnaley of Chipped Tooth Audio and is released on Another City Records, which is where you can purchase one of these bad boys. 

The lyrics weave a story about veganism, straight edge, struggle, and the horrors of fighting in wars. Also, you can’t ignore the cover art, which is a beautiful oil painting by the masterful Paolo Girardi, who has been a huge influence on the band’s love of visual art. 

Girardi is no stranger having churned out blasphemous artwork for more than 100 albums, including band’s like Power Trip, Black Breath, and many more.

disappear. is scheduled to perform at the Fried Fest in Converse on Aug. 13 and at The Muse on Main on Aug. 27 and Sept. 16, during the venue’s farewell weekend.

Man of the Flood debut single

Man of the Flood recently dropped a new single off their upcoming album, which is scheduled to be released Sept. 9. 

“Crystal Bawl” is the title track for the new album and comes in under four minutes, and is sure to delight your indie-rockin’ ears. 

This is the third single they have released, including “Clouds” and “Shotgun.” 

You can catch Man of the Flood at The Ruin on July 23 and 26. 

Catch Debutants on YouTube

Hop on over to YouTube and check out the new 26-minute video Debutants have released from their recording session at Silverbirch Studios in Fort Wayne.

This intimate performance also includes interviews with each of the band members. 

Their next performances will be at Hippy Hill Fest in Bean Blossom on July 29, and Salomon Farms on Aug. 21. Those shows are the perfect opportunity to grab a copy of their current EP, Nobody Knows

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