MP3: Strangers in Daylight – Forsythe
MP3: Howler – Back of Your Neck
Letters of Transit, the debut album from Strangers in Daylight, has been the most pleasant surprise so far this year when it comes to Columbus releases. I’ll just state what I said in a recent Other Paper review: “Letters of Transit represents a change in direction from the original spy-rock vision of Strangers, trading in trippy, Pink Floyd tunes for a hook-driven, Britpop base… Eight tracks clock in at just 26 minutes, and a few songs that end around the two-minute mark feature anthemic, gang vocals reminiscent of that Surfer Blood song “Swim,” but filtered through an apparent love of Blur.”
Above is the lead-off track for your downloading/listening pleasure. Download the full album at SiD bandcamp HQ. An official CD release is coming in June.
Strangers were also just added to this Sunday’s Rumba show with Howler, the Minnesota young bucks who share a love of brit-pop and released America Give Up a few months ago on Rough Trade. (You may have heard “Back of Your Neck” on CD102.5 recently; grab that one above, too.) For those who like to complain about late-night shows that make work-week mornings miserable (who, me?), there are no excuses for this one: This well-paired $8 double bill goes from 6-9pm at Rumba Cafe (Hoo Doo Soul Band is the late show).
MP3: Grass Helmet
Monday night, Knoxville’s Royal Bangs comes to Skullys as part of their month-long fall tour. Circa 2007, the boys dropped by Cafe Bourbon St. as new signees of Audio Eagle Records. They put on a great show, and the five song EP they sold me was 22 minutes of solid gold. Since then, Royal Bangs has continued to hone their studio craft and tour consistently, steadily building their name from the ground up. March saw the release of their third full-length Flux Outside, which has led to increasing tour slots and appearances on late night TV. Monday marks their third appearance in Columbus in 2011, and since I missed the first two, I’ve been looking forward to this one. The well-rounded bill also includes BOBBY, who released a critically-acclaimed debut album over the summer, and local 3-piece Strangers in Daylight. Doors are at 8pm, $10 cover at the door.
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