MP3: BLOW! – Attention
MP3: Dead Leaf Echo – Half-Truth
Woodlands Tavern probably isn’t the first place you’d expect to see a festival spawned by Columbus shoegaze band Love Culture, but the band’s drummer, Robert Fischer, got the idea after noticing the venue’s two-stage setup. He started talking about the idea with friends and bandmates, who all pitched in. Says Fischer: “As much as I love all of our local festivals, the lineups are almost exclusively Columbus bands. While this festival is still heavy on the locals (10 out of 15), we decided to use the opportunity to bring in some touring bands and give them a chance to play to a good crowd.”
Chances are you’re not too familiar with the touring bands, so here’s a couple mp3s, and I’ll let Fischer give a little primer in his own words, below. (Full lineup and set times after the jump, too.)
Posted in Columbus, MP3, Music, Music Festivals
Tagged Alert New London, Bloody Knives, Blow!, Dead Leaf Echo, Eat Sugar, Harboring Ghosts, Holiday Mary, In Silent Movies, Lost Revival, love culture, Orange for Astronauts, Spruce Campbells, St. Moses the Black, Strangers in Daylight, The Sleeps
MP3: End of the Night
Nick Tolford and Company are like Columbus’s version of The Commitments. A bunch of young, (mostly) white people bringing rockified soul music to the people. Except Tolford & Co. write their own tunes that rival stuff sung by mostly dead Motown guys. This Saturday at Carabar the band will release their much anticipated debut, Extraordinary Love. Tolford was kind enough to give me a little window into his world — a world of Ray Charles, The Misfits, Booker T, MF Gnar and “Bed Intruder.”
Back when you were playing in the Slide Machine, did you always have the idea for this band in the back of your head? Did you think you could pull it off?
I don’t know if I thought I could “pull it off,” but I always did solo stuff on the side of whatever band I was in at the time. I feel like the ball really got rolling once I got a band together and got more than just my input on the songs.
Were you surprised when friends and even strangers started rallying around you and even asking if they could join your band?
I was definitely surprised at the reaction I got from the demo songs. I wasn’t really expecting people to take notice at all.
Did you grow up listening to guys like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding?
My father always used to play old Motown and Stax stuff and I have always been most interested in vocal melody in songs. People like Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, among many others, really know how it works. Soul isn’t all I listened to though. When I was 11 I heard the Misfits for the first time and that had a pretty huge influence on me. During my junior high and high school years, skateboarding and everything on Fat Wreck Chords carried me through.
Posted in Interviews, MP3
Tagged Barry and the Eastenders, Bed Intruder, Booker T, Ex-whites, Extraordinary Love, Holiday Mary, MF Gnar, Motown, Nick Tolford and Company, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Stax, The Compressions, The Misfits, Way Yes