Until Saturday night, I was blissfully unaware of the existence of several things. First, The Dude Locker, a quirky and awesome venue in Columbus, Ohio that was the perfect setting for some quality concerting. Next was the first of four bands that performed on Saturday, Columbus trio Way Yes. They just formed in January, and I’m happy to give people a taste of this wonderful group that hails from the same city where I grew up and currently reside.
Way Yes reminded me at first of Born Ruffians, with their quirky oohs and aahs woven into the vocals and their excellent jangly guitars. Glenn Davis, the co-vocalist and guitarist for Way Yes, was kind enough to send along an un-mastered version of “Cinnamon” from the band’s forthcoming EP. There’s a little bit of bohemian rhythm thrown in there on this track. It’s a charming tune driven by Davis’ unique vocals and an awesome bassline. I was smitten after one listen.
“Cinnamon (Un-mastered)” By Way Yes (From Black Love EP, due out soon)
The second band of the night also comes from Columbus. Old Hundred, whose lead singer Blake organized the awesome four-band show at The Dude Locker, played their blend of folk and bluegrass to a delighted and loyal crowd. They’re a five-piece that includes a violin.
“A Thousand Times” By Old Hundred (From Old Hundred – EP, out now, self-released)
Chicago group Yourself And The Air sounded to me like the members of Explosions In The Sky decided to write lyrics and become a nifty indie-rock band. That sound doesn’t quite translate on the band’s EP Who’s Who In The Zoo, but it’s still quality shoegazer rock. So, in short, this show on Saturday was 3-for-3 with quality bands. The fourth was, essentially, a sure thing.
“Sick Days” By Yourself And The Air (From Who’s In The Zoo EP)
Indianapolis outfit Jookabox was the headliner of Saturday’s show. Shameless self promotion: TWJ will have a feature up very soon on this band, as its frontman David “Moose” Adamson was kind enough to sit down before the show and talk about the group’s newest psychadelic rock album Dead Zone Boys. In short, the group didn’t disappoint. The beats that Adamson and Co. put together make dancing a foregone conclusion, and the show essentially turned into a freak-out shake-your-body dance party. It was, in a word, hellafun. Without a doubt, the song that garnered the biggest reaction and applause was Jookabox’s fantastic single “You Cried Me,” for which you can grab the great cartoon video over to the right. The vampire/ghost storyline of that video is no coincidence. A lot of the music on Dead Zone Boys would fit well into a hipster monster movie or musical. The foursome was recently featured in Paste Magazine’s “Best of What’s Next” section.
“You Cried Me” By Jookabox (From Dead Zone Boys, out now on Asthmatic Kitty/Joyful Noise)
“Light” By Jookabox (From Dead Zone Boys, out now on Asthmatic Kitty/Joyful Noise)
All in all, a great show on a Saturday night in Columbus. It made me feel proud to be a (very very tiny) part of the local music scene in my hometown.