Locals Only: Speed Governor

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Justin Hemminger, Nick La Russo and Chris McConnell pulled out all the stops for their debut 7-inch: killer cover art, gold vinyl and, oh yeah, Steve Albini on the boards.

The band pilgrimaged to Albini's Chicago hideout Electrical Audio last year to lay down three tracks. Albini, the underground icon and provocateur, is known for a stark engineering approach that attempts to portray a band as realistically as possible.

In this case, that means spindly post-punk deeply in debt to indie-rockers of the '90s and early '00s, like Silkworm, Archers of Loaf and the Detachment Kit.

Speed Governor (or is it SPD GVNR?) revives that bygone era of gruff but approachable "college rock," emphasizing melody but defined by bittersweet fuzzbox jangle.

Speed Governor

When: 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

Where: The Treehouse, Grandview

Web: spdgvnr.com