(Pictured above – Hembree)
You’re like, “Man, I can’t wait for the Twenty One Pilots shows later this week! I need to get out, I need to get intimate and close to some up-and-coming bands that may, in the future, be tapped to share stages with the likes of Twenty One Pilots.” Good news, Tuesday night at Rumba Cafe, you can catch the Sirius XM Alt Nation Advance Placement Tour featuring Bloxx, Hembree and Warbly Jets.
So what can you expect? Let’s take a listen, shall we?
“Curtains” is the song/video that turned me onto Bloxx. I think I discovered the UK band when I saw they were playing shows with Pale Waves (another band-on-the-rise that has played Columbus a few times, opening for The 1975 and headlining their own shows). Bloxx have toured with The Wombats and the buzzy guitars and melodic pop sounds bring to mind the ’90s obsessed Wolf Alice. To date, the band has released some singles and an EP (Headspace) earlier this year. Hoping a full length is on the horizon.
You may recognize the name Hembree, the Kansas City-based band, who played the CD102.5 Day Side A show in 2017 with Cold War Kids, The Shelters and Mondo Cozmo. At the time, Hembree was getting steady airplay on both terrestrial and satellite radio thanks to the insanely catchy dance hit “Holy Water“. The two year wait for a full length has proven to be worth it – House of Fire came out in April and features the moody “Culture” which reminds me of Loyal Divide, a local (now defunct?) band that was building a buzz in Columbus eight or so years ago. Fun fact – I met three of the members of Hembree in 2012 when they were members of a decidedly different-sounding band, Quiet Corral, a folk-driven band in the vein of Mumford and Sons.
Of the three bands on this bill, Warbly Jets was the only one I wasn’t familiar with but, damn, what a pleasant surprise. While I totally thought these guys were from the UK, as their sound brings to mind ’90s acts like Oasis, The Verve and The Stone Roses, Warbly Jets actually hail from Los Angeles and have toured with Liam Gallagher.
Gonna give you a double shot of Warbly Jets as I couldn’t pick just one video to share.
The Sirius XM Alt Nation Advancement Placement Tour takes place on Tuesday, June 25 at Rumba Cafe. Tickets are $18 (+$2 if you’re under 21), with doors opening at 7:30.