Three Years at The Monster House

Jimi “James” Payne posted this over on Banalization.

James “Jimi” Payne

For the past three years I have lived in the Monster House, a DIY punk house in Columbus, Ohio. I co-founded the Monster House with Pat Crann, Austin Eilbeck, Ryan Eilbeck, Jeff Love, Kristina Markey, Matt O’Conke, Joe Scarbro, Dylan Taylor-Lehman, and Nick Wong. A few weeks ago the last three original roommates – besides me – left. And, as of this week, I’m moving out as well. A group of our friends still living at the Monster plan to continue hosting shows and events. On October 8th, Apache DropoutLandlordReverse The Curse, and Cody Troyan are performing there.

After “the jump” is a list of every performer who occasioned the “stage” at the Monster House in the last three years. 400 different performers have played over 150 shows booked by over 20 promoters. The list is representative of the Columbus punk scene as well as the national DIY touring circuit from 2007-10.

More than 30 people paid rent at the house during this time span.

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A Drum And An Open Window
Absolute Magnitude
Ad Astra Per Aspera
Alex And The Imaginary Friends
Algernon Cadwallader
Amazing Hawkline Band, The
Amelia
American War
Andrew Graham And Swarming Branch

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Andy Gardner
Anna Ranger
Annabel
Antilles
Arkansas?
Arlo And The Otter
Arrah And The Ferns
Artillery Breath
Asinine
August Moon

Bail Bondsmen
Band Name
Banditas
Banner Pilot
Batrider (New Zealand)
Ben Bennett
Ben Bennett And Ryan Jewell
Best Friends
Best Friends Forever
Beyond Dark Hills
Biff Boff Barf
Bird And Flower
Birth Screams
Black Love
Black Phantom Thousands
Black Wine
Blake Skidmore
Bob Carlton
Body Rot
Bohemian Grove
Bomb The Music Industry
Bong Ripper
Boogdish
Brainworms
Branta
Bridge And Tunnel
Broke As A Joke
Busman’s Holiday
Bust!
Butt Bats, The
By The Horns

Call It Radar
Canadian Rifle
Casey Rochateau
Cati (Argentina)
Cedar Fist
Cerebral Bore
Chad Channing (Nirvana cover band)
Cheap Girls
Cheap Time
Cheater Slicks, The
Chin Up Meriwether
Chris’s Puppet Show (Performance)
Chris Yang
Christ
Christians And Lions
Chromakid
Churches Burn
Closet Fairies
Cola Freaks (Denmark)
Cold White North
Completely Smitten
Constance Taylor
Cop Hugger
Copyrights, The
Couch Forts
Creatures, The
Credentials, The
Cringe
Cult Ritual
Cytosis Ingestion

Dan Webb And The Spiders
Dane Terry
Dangerous Ponies
Dark Circles
Dave House (United Kingdom)
Dead Friends
Dead North
Dead Uncles
Deadwood Floats
Dean Dirg (Germany)
Dear Landlord
Defective Males
Diet Coke Heads, The
Delay
Demon Horse
Diamond Mines
Diente Perro
Disnihl
DJ Detox
DJ Ethan Frederick
Domino Theory
Drums Like Machine Guns
Doomhawk
Dopamines, The
Dustin And The Furniture

Emma N. Young (Poetry)
Envelope
Environmental Youth Crunch
Ergs!, The
Eric Ayotte
Erin Tobey
Exploding Hearts (Exploding Hearts cover band)

Failures Union
Fellow Project
Fifey
Fighting Tarantula
Fischer
Floating Verses
Fops And Dandys
For Science
For Serious This Time
Forever
Free Clinic
Friendly Fire
Frozen Teens
Future Kings Of Nowhere

Gadabout Film Festival (Film)
Gateway District, The
Gay Lazer
Gerd Dembowski
Ghost Mice
Ghost Town Trio
Gigantopithecus
Ginger Fetus
Girlfriends
Gnarwhale And The Rose’s Thorn
Goat Bucket
Golden Tuxedo
Good Luck
Gordon Gano’s Army (United Kingdom)
Grass Widow
Greg Mullen
Griffin
Gut Bugs, The

Halo Fauna
Heath Deadger
Heathers
Hellbath
Hello Shark
Hello Shitty People
Helper T-cells
Henry Boy
Hip Cops
Homostupids
Hooker Spit Windex
Hop Along Queen Ansleis
Horrible Creeps
Hot Graves
Hot Iron
Human Boys
Human Host
Hunchback

I Am The Sky
I Woke Up, I Did The Same Thing
Ian MacChrist (Fugazi, Minor Threat, and Embrace cover band)
Ignorant Motherfucker
Imperial Cans
Infernal Stronghold

Jail
James Payne (Poetry)
Jason
Jason Clackley and The Exquisites
Jazmine Wolff
Jelly Hearts, The
Jeremy Ruggles
Jetty Boys, The
Joe Camerlengo
Joe Mangum
Johnny Bodacious And The Bad Seeds
Jordan Castro (Poetry)
Jordan O’Jordan
Josh Kleinberg (Poetry)
Josh Walden
Julie Karr

KBrutal
Kepi Ghoulie
Kingsli
Kitten Forever
Klessa
Knifey Spoony
Knockdowns, The
Kurt Russell
Kyle Sowashes, The

La Armada
Laserhead
Laura Stevenson And The Cans
Le Vansona
Leftovers, The
Lemming
Lemuria
Leslie Perrine (Reading)
Letters
Letters To The Moon

Levi Funk
Lightningyingyang
Like Bats
Liturgy
Lose The Tude
Lovely Eggs, The (United Kingdom)
Lydia Loveless

Mad Ones, The
Madeline Ava
Make It Fit
Manix
Manners
Manson Family Picnic
Maps And Atlases
March Of The Carpenter Ants
Mark C. And The Aqueous Three
Maryn Jones
Maska Blaska
Mat At some Musk
Matt Horseshit
Mattress
Mayday
Max Levine Ensemble, The
Measure [SA], The
Meneguar
Merkurs, The
Michael From Skylab
Missoula Oblongata
MMP
Monikers
Moondrones, The
Motovirus
Mouthbreather
Movers And Shakers
My Bicycle Emergency

Native
Nautical Hyperblast
Ned (France)
Needy Visions
Nervous Sex
New Creases
Nick Tolford And Company
Night Beat
No Target Audience
Noise Noise Noise
Nordic Waste
North Highlands
North Lincoln
Northwest Ordinance
Nothing Is Over
Nuclear Dawn

Off With Their Heads
Ohio
Ok Ikumi
One Hundred
Openboat
Operation America
Our Cat Phillip
Outclassed
Outerspacists
Over Sea Under Stone
Over The Cardboard Sea
Overground
Overground Percussion Group
Overrated

P.S. Eliot
Pancreatectomie
Panty Hearst
Pat Bond
Paul Baribeau
Pencil Dive
Pharmacy
Pheramones
Pink Houses
Pink Razors
Pirate
Plates
Point Break
Polka Dot Dot Dot
Project: Citizen
Prosantcus Inferi
Punk-O-Matic All-Stars

Rad Company
Rage Against The Cage
Rager
Rat Attack
Read, The
Redbear
Rest Assured
Reverse The Curse
Richard Wehrenburg (Poetry)
Richard Wehrenwolf
Ringers, The
River City Rebels, The
Ryan J.
Ryan Newall
Ryan Starinsky
Saintseneca
Sass Dragons
Seascapes
Seditious Libel
Seizure Fist
SevereSexy Crimes
Shannon And The Clams
Shredder Lettuce
Shreds
Sidekicks, The
Signals Midwest
Sinkane
Six Gallery
Slingshot Dakota
Slugging Percentage
Smart Girls
Sok!
Sons Of An Illustrious Father
SpooktoberSpraynard
St. Dad
State Lottery
State School
State Song
Steve Ciolek
Straight As
Stupid Party
Super Bobby
Stymie
Submarine Spaceship
Super Desserts
Super Famicom
Sword Heaven

Tacocat
Tanner Jones
Tax Payers, The
Team Robespierre
Team Smile And Nod
Tenement
The Boy Who Could Fly
The Boy With The Broken Jaw
The Ground Is Lava
This Is My Suitcase
This Is Smoke, This Is Signals
Thread And Butter
Til Plains
Tiny Lungs
Time And Temperature
Times New Viking
Tin Armor
Toby Foster
Totally Michael
Trains Across The Sea
Truthdealer
Two Hand Fools

Uh-Oh
Unarmed
Underdogs Of Nipomo
Undesirables
Unicorn Basement
Universe
Unwelcome Guests

Vacation
Vialka (France)
Vietnam Werewolf
Vikesh Kapoor
Vile Gash
Virgins
Vocal/Vocal
Vug

WabashWarm Hands
Warning Shot
Weedsteeler
Weezer (Weezer cover band)
Welcome Home
Welcome To Concrete
What Gives
What If ?
What’s Wrong With Us?
Wheels On Fire
White York
Whitehaus Family Revue
Wingnut Dishwasher’s Union
Winslows, The
Witches
Woodrow Wilsons, The

Y Lime?
Yea Big And Kid Static
Yikes!
Yoni Gordon And The Goods
You, Me, And The Atom Bomb
You’ll Get Yours
Young Hearts
Young People
You’re A Brace Soul Alaska
You’re So Bossy

  • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com jordan castro

    sweet

  • http://thefairweathered.com david

    being a bit younger ive never made it out to monster house but those are some pretty great bands. glad columbus has a nice diy scene because normally cleveland and cinci walk on us, show wise.

  • Jeff D

    It was a complete blast playing there, thanks for having cool shows and something exciting to do on Columbus’ lonely nights!!!! I have good memories of being there :)

  • Elia Goat

    How would I get ahold of those current monster house people about booking a show? I can’t find contact info anywhere

  • Adir L.C.

    I want to find a show in Columbus as well! (for June 14)

  • http://elizabethheldphotography.blogspot.com Elizabeth Held

    Hey! I am a huge fan of The Monster House, but I have a terrible time finding out show dates! Any suggestions on how to find when there’s a show???