Concert preview: Old Hundred
It's been two years since the forward-thinking folk-rockers in Old Hundred released their last record,Let in the Light. Like the Columbus band's previous two releases (2014 EPI Don't Want to Die and 2012 LPTime in the Wild), the album is an embarrassment of songwriting riches, with songwriters like Blake Skidmore, Nate Gelinas and Hal Hixson all capable and talented enough to strike out on their own. (Gelinas recently did just that with his new band, Solitaires).
While Skidmore always felt like the driving creative force of the band, Old Hundred's democratic approach served it well, ensuring a range of styles and textures that are missing in so many bands that begin as Americana projects. Atmospheric indie-rock sidles up next to Beatles-indebted pop and down-strummed folk-rock epics that would make Neil Young proud (as long as they were played on a PONO, of course). The disparate sounds congeal in a way that rarely feels forced.
With Old Hundred co-founder Skidmore now based in Kentucky, Columbus gigs have become a rarity, so don't snooze on this one if you're a fan.
Also on the bill isYellow Paper Planes (formerly Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes), a similarly folk-inflected band that shows the same lack of allegiance to genre constraints, especially on new single "Bottle Up, Explode," a drone-y, distorted-guitar-driven rock song that sounds fit for CD102.5 rather than WCBE.(Don't miss it)
9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
2507 Summit St., North Campus