With apologies to Lancaster natives like Two Cow Garage bassist Shane Sweeney, this band makes William Tecumseh Sherman look like a wimp. The Civil War-era general merely burned through the South. The Columbus rock combo, on the other hand, has been roaming the interstates setting the entire country on fire for nearly a decade.

With apologies to Lancaster natives like Two Cow Garage bassist Shane Sweeney, this band makes William Tecumseh Sherman look like a wimp. The Civil War-era general merely burned through the South. The Columbus rock combo, on the other hand, has been roaming the interstates setting the entire country on fire for nearly a decade.

Frontman Micah Schnabel checked in days before the release party for fifth album "Sweet Saint Me."

A lot of the songs on the new record have people's names in the title.

That was kind of accidental. When you're trying to write a character, they usually end up being a pretty good part of the thing.

Are the character songs at least partially inspired by your real life ?

My life is pretty much playing music on the road. So I've written a lot of that, but I'm trying to grow, trying to get beyond that. You're going to wear people out with the starving artist bit.

Has your touring been limited since Shane became a father last year?

Shane had his baby back in December. This next tour is six-and-a-half weeks. It's our first big run since he's been a dad.

Also, I put out a solo record last October. I've been out on my own quite a bit. I've done the whole U.S. on that record too.

Think you'll release any more solo albums?

I write songs. I have to do that to be healthy. As soon as the Two Cow record was written, I started writing a new solo album. It works out. I can still be out on the road working, so I don't have to get a job.

You've opened for some big acts like The Hold Steady recently . A ny more tours like that on the horizon?

We're looking into a few things for the beginning of next year. ... It's more productive for us to be out with bigger bands right now at the level we're at. Bringing 200 people to a show is great, but we're kind of looking to get beyond that.