“Stagecoach Robbery” doesn’t sound entirely out of place when associated with Tuscarawas County, which name is derived from a Native American word. Stagecoach robberies might well have been an issue, in fact, in Tuscarawas County early in its recorded history, since the Delaware Indians who lived there, while friendly with the Moravian settlers, had to ally with the French during the French and Indian War, then come under British rule following the Treaty of Paris, then fight to keep their land during and following the Revolutionary War until they were forced west of the Mississippi. But this is no history lesson. In a postmodern parody of the imagery that surfaces when one hears the term “stagecoach robbery,” a rock quartet that is a self-described “smorgasbord of all genres” has taken the “old town” sensibility of Tuscarawas County by storm. Dubbed The Stagecoach Robbery — not to draw attention to the historic struggle of the Lenape nation, but because, as drummer Seth Swegheimer puts it, “we all just settled on the only name we didn’t all hate” — it takes a jamband approach to “pushing the idea of musicianship and creativity back into the music scene.” “We do things because we want to, not because it’s what you are supposed to do. We write songs how we want to write them, not how we think they should be written to fit a structure,” Swegheimer said. “We get labeled a jamband because a lot of our songs are long and a few of them don’t have any words, but in reality our material is very structured. There are a few parts that we will sometimes ‘jam out’ on, but for the most part we play the same things about every time. Very few of our songs are simple. Most have key or tempo changes, and a number of them contain dual guitar harmonies. We all have different taste in music, and it shows by what we produce.” Speaking of production, the band — consisting, in addition to Swegheimer, of Tristan Ankrom on lead vocals, guitar, and harmonica, John McCarron on lead guitar and vocals, and Marc Dreher on bass —released two CDs in March, one their debut studio album and one a pro- live recording. Even so, Swegheimer says “We’ll probably start our second album fairly soon after because we have almost 40 original songs currently and we are still writing more.” Studio releases aside, the live show is where the band really shines. Swegheimer says, “We play a different set list every show. A lot of the time we won’t even write one out, we’ll just go with what we feel. We mesh a lot of our songs together and combine them to keep things interesting. Sometimes we will string together 4-5 songs and end up playing 45 minutes non-stop. Other times we’ll throw down a more traditional set and play a bunch of 4-minute-long songs in a row. It just depends on what we feel the crowd would like. We are also one of the few bands that has invested in a light rig and has intelligent lighting and a dedicated light guy who is also the fifth man in our band.” Although this approach to the live show is clearly taken from a page in the Phish playbook, Swegheimer insists “The best way to describe us is progressive rock.” Progressive elements certainly entwine themselves in The Stagecoach Robbery’s sound, but they are just as likely to pull from funk, pop and straight rock, and they will easily wow audiences with their quick-change song arrangements, luscious guitar harmonies, top- notch vocals and accomplished musicianship. Although the band got its start in Tuscarawas County and still makes regular appearances in the county seat of New Philadelphia’s best- known bar, Bud and Tootie’s, they have also been working their way across the Midwest of late, playing in New York, Pennsylvania, various Ohio destinations, and more. They have also shared stages with such acts as Waterband, Hayden Calling, and Gypsy Relic in Northeast Ohio, and Big Leg Emma, The Recipe, One World Tribe, Shotgun Jubilee, and Aqueous beyond. ￼Aug. 10 will find the band in Cleveland at Beachland Ballroom, with Aliver Hall and The Manhattan Project.