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Local band Enabling Cain hopes 'The Equation' adds up to success

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An independent hard rock band from Chillicothe hopes to continue a recent run of success with two big awards.

Enabling Cain, a five-piece band, is nominated for a pair of Josie Awards, which are given out annually to some of independent music's top talent.

"We've had a great run through 2016 and into 2017," said Troy Dayton, who plays rhythm guitar. "The new album, 'The Equation,' is taking off like it's on rocket fuel."

With influences such as Clutch, Slipknot, and Black Sabbath, there's a heavy hard rock mindset with the band. 

Enabling Cain is nominated for Group of the Year and Entertainer of the Year in the Rock/Classic Rock category. The awards will be given out on Sunday, Sept. 17 in Nashville.

Dayton said after the band finished their album in March a friend told him about the Josie Awards. He submitted some music and the band was nominated shortly thereafter.

In addition to Dayton, the band features Travis Sayre on vocals, Steve Sanford on drums, Wade Morrison on bass, and Chad McElwee on lead guitar. They've been together for about 3½ years. 

"We're all music veterans and decided to create this project to write some good music," said Dayton. "We hope our music and way of life can influence your day to day (life) in a positive and uplifting way."

Circleville Herald

Local Band Wins Best Rock Album at Ohio Music Awards

CIRCLEVILLE— Enabling Cain, a local rock band, has won best rock album of 2017 for their album, “The Equation.”

Troy Dayton, the band’s rhythm guitar player, said it took him almost a day to process what it meant to win.

“To hear the announcement was overwhelming and it felt good,” he said. “It was almost like, ‘are they serious?’ I wasn’t expecting to win, but in the same token we worked our butts off to get to this point and to win is just outstanding.”

Travis Sayre, lead vocalist, attended Westfall Schools. He, plus Dayton, Chad McElwee, Wade Morrison and Steve Sanford make up the band. In September, Enabling Cain took home the top prize for Group of the Year in the Rock/Classic Rock category at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dayton said winning in Ohio is even more special.

“It felt bigger because of it being our home state and how many people we went up against that are great bands,” he said. “I talked to one of the judges and he said they were brutal as far as judging goes. We knew that we were up against all the odds. Words can’t describe how much this one felt bigger in that aspect.”

Dayton said winning the award will hopefully lead to more opportunities for the band.

“I know this is going to open up a lot of doors for us at home,” he said. “To win the Josie was a huge accomplishment but to win one in your home state is just like, ‘heck, yeah!’ It’s one we really needed to put us on the map, especially in our home state. The guys were just blown away.”

Dayton said the band is working toward breaking down walls and growing their audience.

“We just keep knocking them down and winning stuff and proving to people we’re not a garage band,” he said. “We want to be bigger and we want people to hear our music and we want them to understand our music.”

Dayton said the band is taking a break until March when they plan to get back out there and perform. They’re also planning to write and produce new music.

“We hope this will bring a bigger and brighter 2018,” he said. “We’re hoping the younger generation will get back out like it use to be. People use to get out to shows and enjoy the music and that’s what we’re trying to accomplish with our original music. It’s mind blowing.

“We want to be successful,” he said. “We want to play music. We don’t want to do our everyday jobs. In reality, that’s what it takes.”

The Circleville Herald

SPOTLIGHTTOP STORY Local band hopes to win title, spread positive message By Heather Barr Staff Reporter Jun 1, 2018 (…)


A local band hopes to bring home the title of Rock Band of the Year at this year’s Josie Music Awards, while spreading a message of positivity through their music.

Last year, Enabling Cain won Album of the Year at the Ohio Music Awards for their debut album, The Equation, which came out in May of 2017. At last year’s Josie Awards for independent artists, the band won Band of the Year in the rock category. They hope to reclaim the title at this year’s competition, which will take place September 8, 2018, at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Travis Sayre, the band’s lead singer and a 1994 graduate of Westfall High School, said they’re up against some “stiff competition” for this year’s title.

“Hopefully with some luck we’ll bring home another Josie award,” he said.

Enabling Cain has been in its current form since 2014 with Sayre as the lead singer, Troy Dayton as the rhythm guitarist, Chad McElwee as the lead guitarist, Wade Morrison as the bass guitarist, and Steve Stanford as the drummer. According to their website, their music is influenced by bands like Alter Bridge and Black Sabbath, and they’ve shared the stage with big acts such as Yelawolf and Hinder.

Sayre currently lives in Chillicothe. Although Enabling Cain is his first foray into being a lead singer, he said was involved in swing choir in high school and grew up singing at church.

Sayre said he writes lyrics about “things that need to be talked about; things people are afraid to talk about,” such as addiction and recovery, social media’s impact on society, and the military (Sayre himself is a veteran of the Marine Corps.) He said the band tries to send a positive message through their music.

“I don’t think music today, especially rock music, has a very positive message to send,” Sayre said. “I’d like to think our music could change the way people perceive things.”

Sayre also loves to write lyrics about his children, even though he says he got a “late start” at being a father.

“I was 32 when my oldest was born and 39 when my youngest was born,” Sayre said. “It’s been my greatest pleasure in life to be a father.”

Enabling Cain is an independent band, which means they have to fund all of their music, touring and equipment through ticket and album sales. Sayre said with the rise of social media and the internet, more bands are staying away from labels.

“About 97 percent of music out there today is put out by independent artists,” Sayre said. “Independent music is coming back.”

Enabling Cain’s next show will be June 30 at a veterans’ benefit hosted by the AmVets in Circleville. Their debut album is available on iTunes, Amazon Music and their website: Their music is also available to stream on ReverbNation.