New albums coming soon from Swarming Branch, Old Hundred

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch "Classic Glass" collage by Annie Graham

A couple choice tidbits acquired at last night's Spanish Prisoners show at Kafe Kerouac regarding new releases from two of this city's most forward-thinking folk-rockers:

Andrew Graham has been working for a year and a half on "Classic Glass," the follow-up to Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch's debut "Andrew Graham's Good Word." But all those months nearly went down the toilet three weeks ago when Graham's external hard drive crashed. That kind of trauma is enough to make a man quit music forever, but thankfully the story has a happy ending. After "22 days of toiling," Graham was able to recover all the recordings through the magic of computer geekery. He plans to enter Columbus Discount Recording to begin mixing the album with Adam Smith within the next week or so. Graham also has a bunch of upcoming Columbus shows and some extensive ramblings about the recording process posted at his Tumblr.

Meanwhile, Old Hundred has been making the trek to Athens to record at 3 Elliott Studio with my old pal Josh Antonuccio, and it sounds like they're cooking up a doozy. Singer-guitarist Blake Skidmore said the album will be 55 minutes long -- so long that it would have to be two discs if they press it to vinyl. They're considering using Kickstarter to make that happen, but even if the full album never makes it to wax in this digital world, look for a 7-inch single with two songs from the album sometime this summer. (In the meantime, enjoy Old Hundred's stellar 2010 debut album.)

Also of note: Both bands will play selections from the 1970s at PBR's (and by that I mean promoter extraordinaire/PBR rep Bobby Miller's) awesome PlayDate event this Friday at Skully's. Swarming Branch will tackle three songs from 1972, while Old Hundred has three lined up from 1975.