You might have noticed that recent shift from people complaining about how cold it is to people complaining about how hot it is. All that back sweat can only mean one thing: Summer is upon us, and with it, the return of Alive Summer Music Tour.
Every month Alive will be throwing concerts with some of our favorite Columbus musicians. Middle West Spirits, the folks behind those beloved OYO liquors, are sponsoring the shows as usual, and they’ll have specialty cocktails on hand. This year the shows benefits Music Loves Ohio, a charity dedicated to putting musical instruments in Ohio schools.
The series starts with a bang Friday at Columbus Commons: prog-psych powerhouse EYE, eclectic indie-poppers Way Yes and ace country ramblers Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons. There will also be food carts and fresh air. To get you pumped, here’s a little more about Friday’s fantastic performers.
Few bands are able to conjure sounds from the annals of metal, prog and psych as powerfully as this Columbus supergroup, and even fewer make it sound fresh. Since reissuing its mammoth debut album Center of the Sun on the killer Kemado Records last year, EYE has been hard at work on an avalanche of new material. A seven-inch already dropped on Lost Weekend Records, and a second LP is being mixed. A double album is written and ready to record, and the Live at Relay tape will get a limited vinyl run courtesy of Cleveland’s Dangerous Age Records. But don’t wait for the live album to drop; experience the glory of EYE’s live show in person when they close out Friday’s show.
Way Yes presents an unfathomable hybrid of sounds — heavily percussive global rhythms, effects-laden samples, heart-wrenching indie-pop songwriting, early ’90s movie soundtrack fare — and the end product is both otherworldly and deeply human. After a splendid series of EPs and singles, this month the Columbus mainstays released its stirring debut album, Tog Pebbles, and opened for Passion Pit and Matt & Kim in Cleveland. Melancholy but effervescent, they are an ideal soundtrack for a setting sun, and they’ll play out that scenario Friday at the Commons.
Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons
Between its series of engaging EPs, frequent appearances around Columbus and gigs at major events like Nelsonville Music Festival, Ohio residents have been singing the praises of Angela Perley and her crack band for several years now, but the group’s wide-ranging take on Americana is about to forge into Canada. The Howlin’ Moons will perform at the North by Northeast festival in Toronto next month. But before they take that soprano sass and spur-twirling twang north of the border, they’ll kick off Friday’s showcase.