Columbus bands are calling, is anybody listening?


All Dogs (photo by Hillary Jones)


I’ve lived in Columbus since 1989. There was a time in the ’90s where Columbus was on the short list to be “the next Seattle” (thanks Entertainment Weekly!) and a handful of local bands were getting national attention. While artists like Two Cow GarageLydia Loveless, Connections and The Sidekicks have continued to put Columbus on the map in recent years, it feels like most bands are content with being able to say, “We’re big within the 270 loop”. So, it’s exciting to be on the receiving end of publicist emails who are pitching songs, videos, albums by Columbus bands.

In the past 2 or 3 weeks, I’ve received emails from publicists with the following subject lines:

Are these bands getting their money’s worth from the publicists they’ve hired to help promote the stuff they’re doing? Well, The Receiver’s album is streaming on, Digisaurus got a great write-up on PopMatters, Nylon premiered Damn the Witch Siren’s new single, All Dogs will undoubtedly premiere their album on a site like Stereogum (hey, Columbus Calling doesn’t quite have the reach of Stereogum but we’d be honored to be the first site to stream the album if the band’s publicist wants to give us the exclusive) and Nervosas’ new album is streaming on Noisey. So, yeah, I’d say it’s been money well spent.

We can’t really use “the next Seattle” in 2015 (what would be the modern day version? “The next Brooklyn”? “The next Nashville”?), but things are looking up for Columbus bands and all of those trying to make a name for themselves outside of the 270 loop should be applauded.

Archie and The Bunkers Interview

11698687_703564539755714_160824371090118670_nBefore playing their first Columbus show, organ-punk band Archie and The Bunkers answered a couple questions for Columbus Calling. The band is composed of two young brothers Emmett (vocals and drums) and Cullen (organ and vocals) who both hail from Lakewood, Ohio.

Who was the first punk musician/band?

Emmett: Punk music in general is just rock’n’roll music. You can go back all the way to Buddy Holly and say he did it or go after them and say the Stones and say they did it. I think Iggy Pop did it.
The Damned. I think Iggy Pop is pretty punk though. Like the early Stooges stuff or The Damned. They have that attitude that can’t be matched.

Who is the most underrated musician or songwriter?

C: Captain Sensible!
E: Hahaha no, no, no. Probably the Woggles.
C: The Woggles yeah!
E: They’re amazing and they put on AMAZING performances.

What animals would describe your personalities?
C: Captain Sensible, he’s an animal.
E: No. That’s a hard question he would probably be…
C: Pig! (pointing to Emmett)
E: You would probably be a chimpanzee.

If you could go anywhere in space, what would you do?
C: Play a show! Just play music in outer space.
E: But you can’t hear it in outer space!
C: We are not getting that scientific. If I could do anything I would just bring my organ. Just be up there floating around in circles.
E: Like one of those exotic album covers from the ‘50s. No, but seriously I have no idea. I guess just look down at the earth.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
E: Oh flying!
C: What if you get chopped up by the propeller of a plane?
E: No that’s only if you have a cape.
C: Invisibility. Because then I could play invisible. He’d be flying around the drum set and I’d be invisible. People would actually come to see us then!

Who is your biggest modern inspiration?
E: John Spencer and Jack White.
C: I don’t know anyone modern.
E: You’re just gonna say Captain Sensible.
C: Yeah! I would say Captain Sensible. Like Captain Sensible’s amazing! I just don’t listen to a lot of new music. You (pointing to Emmett) listen to a lot more new music than I do.

Then who is your biggest old inspiration?
C: For jazz organ, Jimmie Smith. He’s the biggest musical inspiration. The Damnned, I love their comedic style. I love their slap happy random songs. Like These Hands!
E: Are you sure you’re not talking about The Dickies?
C: No These Hands dude. They have some amazing songs!

Do you believe in mythical creatures? If so what ones?
E: Bigfoot.
C: Well I believe that I might be a mythical creature.
E: You were found on the railroad track so you think you’re…
C: I believe I might be something. I might be a unicorn in disguise. I probably believe in… Pygmies?
E: Pygmies are real! They’re not mythical, they actually exist.
C: Oh man, what’s mythical?
E: Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot…
C: Bigfoot. Bigfoot is real.
E: At least Harry from Harry and The Hendersons.



*For reference: Cullen of Archie and The Bunkers on the left, Captain Sensible on the right.

Geto Boys perform at XClusive on Friday night


Color me tempted. Legendary ’90s rappers Geto Boys roll into Columbus on Friday night for a performance at XClusive Elite Entertainment Center (1921 Channingway Center Dr.). What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill? Tickets start at $25.

The Houston trio has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new release (Habeas Corpus). With two weeks to go, they are about a quarter towards their goal – toss in a few bucks if you want to hear new stuff.

Noisey premieres new Nervosas album


It would probably be a pretty punk move to jack the source code for the Soundcloud embed and throw it up here but I’m not a punk so, instead, I’ll direct you over to Noisey who is premiering the new Nervosas self-titled LP. I’m guessing listening to a vinyl copy of the album will be more rewarding but the post-punk songs don’t sound too bad in a digital format. You can pick up a physical copy from Dirtnap Records (or, I imagine, many local record stores) starting July 10. I’ll admit, I’m very late in jumping on the bandwagon (is there a bandwagon to jump on?) and when I say that this might be one of my favorite local releases of 2015, I sort of suspect the band might break up because they’ll feel like they did something wrong if a guy like me likes their music. #kiddingnotkidding