The Proper Authorities is the solo musical project of singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Keith Adams. Known for his work with the bands Sound Mind, Giant Wow, 1000 Watt Revival, and The Cloven Hoof Theatre, Adams created the Proper Authorities to branch out and work on his lifelong composition and performance skills.
As in past groups, he continues to experiment strongly in the modern pop rock genre with sounds and grooves that aren't usually found there. His appreciation for over-the-top arrangements is tempered nicely by his love for good hooks. His lyrics touch on a variety of subjects: matters of self; emotional snapshots in time; tragic and comic figures; and the things that we all want... or at least think that we want.
This site is your center for Proper Authorities information, songs, and more!
April 22, 2019
Who says thirteen is an unlucky number?
On May 1st, the Proper Authorities will be releasing new music for the first time in 13 years! The single "Regain Control" will be available at virtually all digital outlets (including Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and more), and a new video will be premiered on both YouTube and Facebook that same day at 2 PM EST!
A tense, fast-paced rocker full of blazing guitars and all-out drums, "Regain Control" tells the tale of a successful heist on the verge of collapse, relayed from the viewpoint of a concerned participant trying to stop his partner-in-crime from spilling his guts. This is one of several releases planned for this year. Keith really hopes this gets you excited for more to come!
January 20, 2019
We have apparel for men, women, and kids of all sizes, and a lot of neat accessories to boot. We think you'll like it, and appreciate any purchase(s) you can make. Click here to check it out, and feel free to send a photo of yourself and your new TPA swag!
Extra tidbit: Stay tuned for info about some new music projects featuring Keith Adams -- including some new Proper Authorities material for 2019!!
November 6, 2014
After a double weather cancellation of their 6th annual reunion show, Sound Mind forges ahead undaunted by its past wintery woes with the 2014 CancerFree Christmas show scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014! Great music for a great cause — click here for more information!
December 30, 2013
After the weather cancellation of the December 6, 2013 reunion show of Sound Mind, the show has been rescheduled for February 14, 2014! Though all other details remain the same in the Nov 22, 2013 news post just below, will it now be called a "CancerFree Valentine's Day?" Check back soon for more updated information!
November 22, 2013
On Friday night, December 6, 2013, Keith Adams performs again with past bandmates Sound Mind for the 6th annual "CancerFree Christmas" reunion show! The event will once again take place at the Redmoor in Cincinnati. A fundraiser for pediatric cancer research, this reunion show will benefit CancerFree Kids. Visit the event's page for more information!
December 27, 2012
Thanks to a partnership with OnAirFM, Magnatune has now made the entire Public Service Announcement album is available to stream on YouTube, for your listening enjoyment! Take a listen to the whole playlist of songs, and there's even an instrumental version! If you like what you hear, visit the Audio page here to find out how to buy or license the music!
October 2, 2012
The new (but already successful) site iLicenseMusic is now featuring Proper Authorities music for royalty-free commercial use in media projects including videos, films, games, presentations, and more! For more information, visit iLicenseMusic.com today!
March 7, 2012
The Proper Authorities songs are now available as in-store music for restaurants, shops, hotels, bars, and more, thanks to our good friends at MoodMixes. To learn more, check out their website, MoodMixes.com, today!
February 21, 2012
The Proper Authorities' song "Today" is one of the tracks used in Radius: A Short Film, the world's first game-sourced movie. Premiering Feb. 25, 2012, Radius a is photo-animated movie about one man's search for the truth behind a mysterious red cloaked figure roaming the streets of Cincinnati. Check out the short film and a behind-the-scenes feature about its innovative, interactive production approach and more information at whatisradius.com!
October 29, 2011
For the 4th year in a row, Keith Adams and his bandmates from Sound Mind will perform at the annual "CancerFree Christmas" show, which returns to the Redmoor in Cincinnati on Friday night, December 9, 2011. This reunion show will benefit CancerFree Kids, a charity dedicated to pediatric cancer research. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information!
May 28, 2010
Interested in using some great music for your next ad, film, web, or video game project? The Proper Authorities has recently partnered with the All Night Party, a leader in commercial music licensing in the Midwest and beyond. If you are a business or a creative professional needing "The Ninth Life Jitters" for your new ad campaign, or perhaps "Devastate" for your upcoming video game, please contact Dave Davis at the All Night Party today!
November 10, 2009
April 3, 2009
Keith Adams is performing again with his band from a few years back, Giant Wow! The same crew is back, but with a few changes. Jesse Gilsinger and Robert Moore are still manning vocal/guitar and bass duties, respectively, but Keith is now a second guitar player instead of drummer. Kit duty is now under the capable reins of Kevin Sturgill.
The band's live approach provides a richer and more dynamic sound than ever before, and they plan on writing and releasing some crazier, more fun power pop sometime this year. Stay tuned!
February 18, 2009
The end of 2008 and the start of 2009 have provided The Proper Authorities with some wonderful online partnerships and opportunities.
Magnatune and Pump Audio, two of the web's most impressive sources for independent music distribution and licensing, have picked up the "Public Service Announcement" CD, getting it out there to whole bunch of new listeners. To celebrate, feel free to visit the Audio page to listen to the full album, courtesy of Magnatune!
June 10, 2007
It has been a long time coming, but finally "The Ninth Life Jitters" is the second song from the "Public Service Announcement" CD to receive a finished video treatment! Just like the "Devastate" video that came before it, Keith Adams used CGI, greenscreen, and old-fashioned elbow grease to singlehandedly bring this high-octane visual assault to life. Visit the Video page to learn more!
In non-video form, "The Ninth Life Jitters" also appeared on Charlie McEnerney's Well-Rounded Radio in Mix 005. This eclectic virtual mix tape meshes a variety of genres together using songs from indie artists across North America (and even one from Italy).
Keith Adams is also playing in the Goombas, the off-kilter, alt-fusion house band for Cincinnati's newest performance venue, the Cloven Hoof Theatre! The grand opening of this "theater of the weird" is on June 16, 2007, and it features the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus from NYC, with an opening performance by the Barnyard Burlesque and the Goombas! Stop on by, and click here to learn more!
Keith also has a few other musical projects in the works for 2007, so keep checking in for more information as it develops!
April 11, 2007
Want to download your own copy of the "Devastate" video for free? Now you can, by visiting Dovetail.TV's Talon First Records channel online! Dovetail allows you to watch all kinds of independently produced videos, and to download DVD-quality versions either for free or for a small fee. Check it out, download it yourself, and keep a look out for another The Proper Authorities video coming sometime this spring!
Also, The Proper Authorities song "Whodunit" is slowly but surely climbing the Power Pop charts at GarageBand.com! As of April 11th, 2007, it has attained a Top 20 ranking in the active Power Pop contest of reviewer picks, garnering several awards along the way! As this contest is only in round 1, please stay tuned, and please show your support if you can!
January 19, 2007
The Proper Authorities was mentioned in Cincinnati's local news and entertainment weekly magazine CityBeat in their music feature, "The Year In Your Ear," a listing of the top local CD releases of 2006! Though not one of the top 20, "Public Service Announcement" made the "Best of the Rest" list, sharing honors with some extremely good Cincy songsmiths like Ruby Vileos, Bulletproof Charm, Noctaluca, GhostMonster, and more!
Also, "The Ninth Life Jitters" has advanced to the second round of judging in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition. Semi-finalists and finalists have not yet been chosen, with the official finalist results being announced at the start of February. The list of prizes and judges is pretty impressive... let's hope the next round finds "NLJ" equally well-received!
December 8, 2006
The "Devastate" video can now be seen at Music Nation, an indie music video site with a special contest that could get The Proper Authorities on radio stations across the country. Please take a look at "Devastate" (if you haven't already) and help make some TPA noise there!
Yet another Proper Authorities tune will be a GarageBand Track of the Day! For 24 hours on Saturday, the 16th of December, 2006 (PST) "Whodunit" will be featured on GarageBand.com's Power Pop front page! "The Ninth Life Jitters" was Hard Rock Track of the Day on June 23, 2006.
The Proper Authorities' song "The Ninth Life Jitters" was recently added to the playlist at the 24/7 indie e-station Band Radio, and it can now be requested online by clicking right here! Check it out, along with an unending variety of the best independent music artists out there!
October 30, 2006
October 2006 has been a great month for The Proper Authorities and the "Devastate" video! Although it didn't win any awards in Italy's DigiFestival 2006, "Devastate" received great notice internationally, and has been featured on the home page of the festival's sister site, DigiChannel.net! Interestingly enough, though the live DigiFestival event in Florence had to be postponed, it will travel to both Venice and Milan in November and December, respectively! Salute, Italia!
Also, final winners were announced today in Broadjam's 6-Pack Challenge, a six-category music contest where The Proper Authorities came in 2nd Place in the Lights, Camera, Music Challenge with the "Devastate" video, and 15th Place (Top 20) in the overall contest! Congratulations to all the other winners as well!
And maybe the best news that October brought
is that Keith is now an uncle! On October 29th, his brother and sister-in-law
welcomed their first child into the world, a beautiful baby girl named
Keith plans on making a lullaby-friendly version of "Hypnotized" as soon as possible. ;)
August 19, 2006
Preying Lizard Music, a long time supporter of the Proper Authorities for several months, now has the #1 music channel on Tower Records' TowerPod.com with its Preying Lizard Music's Eclectic Pod online broadcast. Host and mastermind Les Lewellyn opens up this week's show (Episode 8) with the song "Devastate," so please stop by and check it out, along with the best in indie rock!
Also, "Devastate" is one of the videos that will be showcased at this year's DigiFestival, a film festival in Florence, Italy. Since one of the main goals of the festival is to promote independent film and video online, you can visit their site at DigiFestival.net to view and vote for your favorite videos. (If "Devastate" is one of them, please click here to let them know!)
June 18, 2006
Watch a 3-minute interview with Keith Adams about the making of the "Devastate" video and more! Visit the Video page here at the website to view it in either Quicktime or Windows Media format, in either high or low resolution!
June 16, 2006
As a result of some very enthusiastic reviews from GarageBand.com members, "The Ninth Life Jitters" by The Proper Authorities will be Track of the Day at GarageBand.com!
For 24 hours on Friday, the 23rd of June, 2006 (PST) "The Ninth Life Jitters" will be featured on GarageBand.com's Hard Rock front page. If you get a chance that day, please check it out!
And speaking of positive reviews, The Proper Authorities received its first official press review this week! In the June 14, 2006 issue of CityBeat, "Public Service Announcement" is described as being "an album that celebrates the view from [Adams'] corner of the music world, which is danceable, hard-hitting, eclectic and selectively introspective." Click here to read more!
June 2, 2006
The Proper Authorities CD "Public Service Announcement" is now available at iTunes! Now you can download the entire CD or a few choice tunes at your convenience! Click here to learn more about iTunes, or here to get to the music!
"Devastate" is one of the featured videos in the 2006 Planet Ant Film & Video Festival taking place in Detroit, MI, June 14 - 17! Click here to learn more about this movie-and-music extravaganza and what's on the schedule!
Once again, The Proper Authorities are one of the selected artists on a Tunetank CD compilation — this time for the 2006 North by Northeast Music Festival! The song "Losing The Now" will be included this time around, in the company of a lot more great music from all around the world. Click here to learn more!
In other compilation news, The Proper Authorities were part of the University of Cincinnati's CD-ROM promotion of its brand-new MainStreet area, along with other local acts including Buckra, Bulletproof Charm, and more! MP3s of "Devastate" and "Make A Choice For Me" were included in these CDs for 1000 lucky listeners! Click here to learn more about UC's MainStreet, and Game Day Communications, who put the CD together!
April 28, 2006
The song "The Ninth Life Jitters" gets even more Honorable Mention from another songwriting contest! The Proper Authorities was one of the Top 500 winners in the 13th Annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest! (Yep, Billboard, like the trade magazine and the charts.)
Although they don't go so far as to actually list the Top 500 for some odd reason, check out http://www.billboardsongcontest.com for more info on the contest!
April 17, 2006
After months of preparation, the Proper Authorities' music video for the song "Devastate" is finally online and ready to view! This sci-fi-themed video features five Keiths, an Earth-threatening asteroid, and a spaceship with a pimped-out sound system of doom.
The website has been updated to include a Video section, and several related websites are hosting the video, with more to come. Check it out, and stay tuned for more info!
March 15, 2006
Winners of the 7th Annual Great American Song Contest were announced today, and The Proper Authorities was one of the Top 5 winners in the Rock / Alternative category with the song "The Ninth Life Jitters!"
Check out http://www.greatamericansong.com/winners.html for more info!
February 6, 2006
The website has finally been updated! Audio samples of the "Public Service Announcement" CD are now here online, so please let us know what you think!
January 16, 2006
The Cincinnati modern rock outfit known as The Proper Authorities has finally released its first full-length recording through the imprint Talon First Records.
The LP CD, entitled "Public Service Announcement," features 13 tracks and over 50 minutes worth of high-impact material for listeners and lovers of heavy guitar, electro textures, lush vocal harmonies, and booty-shaking grooves.
The Proper Authorities is the brainchild of singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Keith Adams. Best known for his drum and synth work for Acid Itch / Jamm recording artists Sound Mind, Adams confidently takes on all vocal and instrumental duties in this impressive debut effort. Meshing old-fashioned musicianship with technological wizardry, this relatively lo-fi production sounds anything but.
"My goal with this project was to create something in the rock realm that could actually have fun with the not-so-fun concept that we are, all of us, running out of time," says Adams. "One of the hugest motivating forces in life is the primal struggle of getting things accomplished while we have breath in us. I could easily have made it solely about the darkness and morbidity of that idea, but it was more challenging to sonically aim for the emotional dynamics that we all experience as we run against that clock."
Indeed, the tracks range in tone from adventurously playful ("The Ninth Life Jitters," "Whodunnit," "Penalty") to straight-ahead serious ("Losing The Now," "The Depth of Things," "The Way Back") to bleakly introspective ("Today," "Make A Choice For Me"). Although there is an emphasis on hook and groove, Adams gets a chance to show off some of the vocal chops that he only hinted at in earlier musical projects.
Wondering what the future has in store for him and this DIY-extreme musical undertaking, his enthusiasm for the project is balanced with a healthy dose of "come-what-may" and pride for the completed CD. "I got it done, which is saying A LOT," laughs Adams. "It's cool that my lyrics were motivational to me, if to no one else."
But the work is not over, as far as he's concerned. What's next on the horizon? A video for the song "Devastate" is due in February, remixes of various songs from "Public Service Announcement," and working on other related projects. Is there a live act in the future? "I have to admit that I get my live kicks in Giant Wow, but never say never."
The Proper Authorities have been selected to be a part of the MIDEM 2006 conference as one of the featured artists on the TuneTank compilation! This is MIDEM's 40th anniversary, and it is probably the world's largest international music industry conference today. Click here for more information on the event, the compilation, and the other musicians involved!
December 11, 2005
The first full-length CD release is ready to go and slated for a
January 2006 release. The CD, entitled Public Service Announcement,
will be released by Talon
First Records out of Cincinnati, Ohio.
This 13-track album will feature over 50 minutes of original material, some of which can be heard at the Proper Authorities MySpace and PureVolume pages. To get you ready for Public Service Announcement's release, each of those two sites has a different, as-yet-unreleased track that you can take a listen to! Don't forget to leave some comments and love at those pages!
There are two great links that I hope you will take time out to visit. One is the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the other is SendCourage.org. The former will let you donate to the continuing hurricane relief effort, and the latter lets you donate to CancerFree Kids, an organization dedicated to funding pediatric cancer research. Thanks in advance for your help.