You’ve got plenty of good options for Columbus shows on Saturday night. Here’s some facts about one of ’em:
Ex-Beetkeeper/Burn Barrel frontman J.P. Olsen‘s Malefactors of Great Wealth come back to Rumba backed again by a full band that’s almost the Madison Square Gardeners, except Chris Morrissey (Ben Kweller, Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings) is on bass and Mark Stepro switches from bass to drums (as he often does). Olsen has a lot more music in the works for 2012.
Taurus is Chris Morrissey’s project with Rich Hinman, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Stepro, who described Taurus as “a bit of a nod to the ’90s-Pedro the Lion meets Nirvana.”
Enemies! is fronted by Tasjan with Hinman, Stepro and John Kengla. The new band just recorded an EP with Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo). Stepro said Enemies! is “a much darker, ’90s-oriented, Teenage Fanclub/Oasis/Nirvana/My Bloody Valentine [band], as opposed to the Gardeners, who usually operate out of the classic rock/’70s FM radio playbook.”
Harper Blynn is the only band without ties to the Madison Square Gardeners extended family, but you may know them as the guys who back up the Damnwells, Cary Brothers and others. They’ve also got a new Christmas single you can grab here for free.
Schedule for the night at Rumba Cafe: 9pm – Taurus, 9:45 – Harper Blynn, 10:30 – Malefactors, 11:30 – Enemies!
For a period of time between 2003 and 2006, the (then) Brooklyn-based The Damnwells felt more like a local band than a touring band. If my math is correct (I was a journalism major so math is not my strong suit), The Damnwells played 17-ish shows here during that time, more than many active Columbus bands. But it’s been nearly 5 years since the last time they played here (Feb. 2007, opening for Blue October at the LC) and a LOT has changed.
Singer Alex Dezen is the only original member of the band and, for that matter, there really isn’t a band, per se, any more. Touring to support the excellent 2011 release, No One Listens to the Band Anymore, Alex is backed by the opening band, Harper Blynn, rather than his longtime trusty sidekicks, the guys that Columbus got to know and love so well during the middle part of the last decade.
Donewaiting’s got 2 guest list spots to give away for the show. Send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line Damn Right I Want Damnwells Tickets to be entered into the giveaway. Entries must be received by noon, Friday, September 30. The winner will be notified via email later that afternoon.
Show info:The Basement doors open at 7pm, Carley Tanchon goes on at 8pm, Harper Blynn at 9pm, The Damnwells at 10pm. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Sunday night, the Brooklyn-based Harper Blynn (named after it’s two principal songwriters – Pete Harper and J.Blynn) will bring their sweet, summery, pop harmonies to The Summit stage, just a few days before meeting up with Cary Brothers and Greg Laswell for a tour that runs through mid-August, to perform material from their recently released Loneliest Generation.