When I was a freshman in high school, my friend's mom divorced her husband in part because he was taking Y2K preparations very seriously. This guy was building a bunker, stocking up on canned goods and even going on local radio stations to cry wolf.

When I was a freshman in high school, my friend's mom divorced her husband in part because he was taking Y2K preparations very seriously. This guy was building a bunker, stocking up on canned goods and even going on local radio stations to cry wolf.

Dude was a survivalist, and while we all laughed at how wrong he was in that specific instance, we also held our breath when the ball dropped on Dec. 31, 1999, did we not?

When preparing your own refuge in light of all the birds dying and the May 21 rapture people and 2012 paranoia, be sure to pack a copy of "Mildwinter," the latest EP from Columbus collective Survivalist. They'll celebrate its release Friday at Ruby Tuesday alongside Black Phantom Thousands and Alleyes Manifest.

Ostensibly an electronic/hip-hop band, Survivalist tends more closely toward the melancholy indie rock of Menomena, particularly in the gasped melodies and moody synths of "Sastruga." But if Menomena's software-powered compositions often feel rigid, there's a freewheeling quality about Survivalist's latest, particularly in the title track's resigned-but-hopeful mantra.

Map the Stars and Areher Archer, solo projects from members of Survivalist and Black Phantom Thousands, will also release a split EP and perform.