Casey Bowers had the chance to spend a day with Earwig witnessing the filming of the band’s “Wasted on You” music video which features a very special guest appearance by Lydia Loveless. Fortunately for us, Casey took a bunch of notes.

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It was over 2 years ago. That’s how long it’s been –  and that’s okay.
It doesn’t matter. It’s here now and it’s phenomenal.

It’s Pause for the Jets from Earwig, the long-running legendary Columbus band and lifelong musical vehicle of Lizard McGee.

What makes PFTJ (that’s right, it’s not even out yet and I’m abbreviating it. First!) so damn incredible is the album’s multiple standout tracks. From fuzzed out rev-up opener, Wisdom Teeth to The Church & Bunnymen-inspired closer, Badr Moon, to the “Are you kidding me?!!”reaction-warranting pop perfection of X-factor “Shine,” PFTJ is chock full of catchy, indie/alt/rock/poppy goodness that like any great ensemble comedy cast, are awesome on their own, but are somehow even better altogether. After almost a month with it, I still can’t decide on a favorite, but I must admit I keep coming back to #9. Track #9 on the album is “Wasted on You” and while it fits seamlessly onto the album, it sticks out in mind as the track that led us to where we are now.

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Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza with Zeppelin Productions will be hosting Plainsong on Monday, September 19th @ 7:30 pm.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Iain about the show and the tour.  The show will feature works from Plainsong’s catalog as well as feature their latest album, Reinventing Richard:The songs of Richard Farina.  Iain and Andy Roberts wanted to do  an album to celebrate the music of Richard Farina on the 50th anniversary of his passing. The album is a great listen.  This is a can’t miss show in Columbus.  Hope to see you there.  Enjoy the interview.

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Sometimes playing to the right room can make all the difference in the world. That was my first thought after leaving last Friday’s excellent Band of Skull’s show at Skully’s Music Diner. I had seen the band before, on their last visit to town at Newport Music Hall two years ago. It was a really good show. But the cozier confines of Skully’s, and perhaps the energy the more confined space brought, made all the difference in the world.

Opening with the brooding almost title track In Love By Default from their excellent new LP “By Default”, eased the band and audience into a rock n roll journey through the group’s career, setting the stage for a set list that expertly balanced new material and old fan favorites. Once they transitioned into Light of the Morning off their debut album “Baby Darling Doll Face Honey”, the crowd was fully engaged, singing and clapping along. From that point forward, the audience gave energy and the band responded, locking into a heavy blues groove they sustained throughout their 90 minute plus set. By the time the band got to fan favorite Patterns every fist was pumping along to the lyrics “but nothing’s going to save you from the SIX SIX SIX.”

As much as the right venue can aid a performance, the right crowd certainly counts for just as much. It seemed like every person crammed into Skully’s was a fan who had followed the band along it’s career trajectory and came ready to stomp, dance and sing along. The band has had a steady following in Columbus for years, getting regular airplay on CD1025 and making several appearances over the years in the capitol city, and it showed. I’ll take a room packed full of the right people any day over a bigger venue with folks staring down at their phones.

Vocalist/Guitarist Russell Marsden reaped the benefits of that engagement during Cold Fame, a quieter number that got off to a shaky start but ended with perhaps the night’s biggest sing along. The rhythm section, and in particular drummer Matt Hayward, held down a steady groove all night, while the addition of a keyboard player added extra flourishes to the power trio’s sound. I’ve always been impressed with the vocal harmonizing between bassist Emma Richardson and Russell, and her bass lines are even meatier and more impressive in a live setting. So if it was the right venue and right crowd, it took the right band to make the magic happen. Band of Skulls delivered. To quote their recent single, it was killer, killer, killer.

PS: if you’re hitting a subsequent stop on their US run, don’t forget to hit the merch table early to snag the snazzy tour poster signed by the band, as well as signed LP’s. Don’t sleep though, signed copies of both were scarce by the end of the night.

Check out the set list from Band of Skull’s at Skully’s Music Diner, 9/9/16 here.

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Twin Peaks are group of young rockers hailing from Chicago. They came through Columbus as their first stop on a tour promoting their newest album Down in Heaven, which is a softer more vulnerable take on the teenage-beloved garage rock they’re known for. Before the show there was some fan upset about the movement of the show from the “dinge” of The Basement up to the A&R, but the heat and smoke pouring in from the summer night brought all the dinge necessary. It was like standing in a virtual sauna with steam and cigarette smoke permeating all around. However, these conditions seemed to only amp up the crowd as they screamed and sweat through every song. Teenage boys moshed and shook off sweat like wet dogs. A chorus of female screams split the air over screaming guitars during a brief guitar make out sesh curtesy of Clay, Twin Peaks guitarist and singer. For a brief moment I thought the heat had gotten the best of me, but hey nothing wakes you from a warm lull like a crowd surfer’s foot to the back of your head. It was everything you think of when you think of a punk rock show. Filth and sweat and kids going absolutely crazy. Even through slower songs like Walk To One You Love and Wanted You, the moshing and crowd surfing didn’t subside. No matter what fans were expecting with the new album, Twin Peaks delivered, with as much energy and fervor as the crowd could handle.

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(Twin Peaks. Leading image: Colin, keys. Clockwise from upper left: Clay, guitar/vox; Cadien guitar/vox; Connor, drums; Jack, bass)

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(White Reaper, opener)

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(Twin Peaks)

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(Modern Vices, opener)

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(Twin Peaks)

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(White Reaper, opener)

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A brief anecdote about this final image of your humble author/photographer (pictured in the middle) with fellow sweat covered concert goers. At one point during the show Twin Peaks announced something along the lines of “This song is about shrooms, and we’re on em!” This fact was pretty apparent after the show. As I approached Clay to get my final polaroid of the night, he told me that I could only take his picture on the stipulation that he could take one of me. So I showed him how to use it and this is the resulting image. I’d say it’s pretty darn good for someone who’d never used the camera and was tripping!