Once upon a time in Ohio, in that John Kerry-flavored era known as 2004, there lived a band called Branks. This curious combo spazzed with the best of 'em, but by 2005 they ended their short-but-glorious tenure when vocalist-guitarist Jon Gingerich moved to New York for professional reasons.

Once upon a time in Ohio, in that John Kerry-flavored era known as 2004, there lived a band called Branks. This curious combo spazzed with the best of 'em, but by 2005 they ended their short-but-glorious tenure when vocalist-guitarist Jon Gingerich moved to New York for professional reasons.

Two years later, drummer Eli Shaffer headed to the Big Apple as well, and with the addition of fellow Ohio transplant Mike Hambouz, Branks was reborn as Methodist. They're coming back to Columbus Saturday to play their first gig here as elite East Coast types.

They'll bring along a six-song, self-titled EP of bare-bones, balls-out post-punk that'd make Steve Albini proud. Titles like "This Is an Advertisement" and "Young Evangelicals" hint at the targets of Gingerich's poisonous wit.