Dolfish, the nom de rock of former Columbus denizen (and current Clevelander) Max Sollisch, takes a conversational approach to songwriting. Tunes like “Grown Ups,” about a young child coping with his mom’s alcoholism, unfold like intricate short stories peppered with eye-witness detail (“Boy Meets World” playing on the TV, the mother vomiting in the kitchen sink, etc.).
Like Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, who takes a similarly literary approach to his music, Sollisch’s whinny-of-a-voice can be a hurdle for some, but he utilizes it beautifully to bring a range of bruised characters to three-dimensional life.
This concert doubles as a birthday celebration for the singer, so he should be in high spirits even in those moments the narrators in his songs are struggling with the day-to-day grind.
Photo courtesy of Dolfish