Headliners: Bad Veins

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Bad Veins' show Wednesday at Skully's will be the first time the band has made it to Columbus - or at least the first time in memory - despite residing just down the road in Cincinnati. But don't blame the industrious duo for neglecting our fair burg; they've been busy from the start.

After one show as a solo project, Benjamin Davis invited Sebastien Schultz to join the fold. Their second appearance as a tandem so impressed headlining act Snowden that the NYC band helped secure Bad Veins a prominent New York gig as their next performance.

Since then things have only gotten crazier, thanks largely to a reportedly thrilling live show that features telephones, megaphones and an ancient-looking reel-to-reel player named "Irene." On record, the band doesn't seem quite so unique, but lushly orchestrated pop-rock need not pioneer to be pleasing.

Bad Veins' self-titled debut on Dangerbird Records - home of Silversun Pickups and tourmates Division Day - swells and bursts with warm keyboard tones and guitars sharp with compression. Over top, Davis sings with wide eyes and husky throat, sounding a lot like Okkervil River's Will Sheff fronting The Killers.

All this is reason to be thankful Bad Veins' poor circulatory system finally pumped them up to Columbus.

Bad Veins

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16

Where: Skully's Music Diner, Short North

Web: myspace.com/badveins