Locals Only: Vinyl reviews

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

A pair of the city's finest garage-rock groups are releasing 7-inch singles with a happy-hour gig Friday at Rumba


"A Couple Honest Years" b/w "Wish For You"

Web: facebook.com/obviouslies

Swirling, formless distortion and noise envelops the "Butter Side," with gals and guys blurring and harmonizing like a more matter-of-fact My Bloody Valentine. The "Dry Side" is unapologetic power pop, injecting melodic melancholia with true grit. For a band rooted in primitive garage-rock sonics, their powers are vast.

The Beatdowns

"Sights and Sound" b/w "Baby! Let's Get Lost" and "What Did I Love About Her?"

Web: myspace.com/thebeatdownsohio

Like most self-described "beat combos," The Beatdowns have never been about innovation but rather vibrant energy and killer songwriting. On the new single - frontman Mark Wyatt's first vinyl release since his 1980s Great Plains heyday - the rock veterans take pleasure in reviving the sharpest songsmiths of their genre's coming of age. Consider the artsy idiosyncrasies of Davies and Townshend plastered into jangly rambles from the time when rockers still wore matching suits.

What: 7-inch release party

When: 6 p.m. Friday, May 7

Where: Rumba Cafe, Campus