Rising Columbus Band, Athens Acts To Rock Central Venue

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On Saturday, Nov. 9, Central Venue will host an eclectic show by Columbus-based Saintseneca, along with Athens acts Kelly Latimore and Ghost Stories.

Although the concert will be a startling mix of multi-instrumental post-punk, intimate acoustic tunes and high energy emo-rock, this should just make it all the more interesting.

Word is quickly spreading about Saintseneca. The band just played the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and were recently picked by Rolling Stone as one of the "10 Best Discoveries" of the festival.

In September, the group's vibrant, visually stunning video for the track "Uppercutter" was featured exclusively by Stereogum. "Uppercutter" is the first single from Saintseneca's full-length debut, Dark Arc, due in March 2014 on Anti- Records.

The band is in the midst of a whirlwind fall tour, making stops along the East Coast before wrapping up in Pittsburgh on Nov. 20.

The wonderfully energetic and Appalachian-flavored track "Visions" is currently available on Saintseneca's website as a free download. The band, fronted by Zac Little, has a unique sound, combining a myriad of traditional folk music instruments with modern vocal stylings and driving percussion. 

"We sound nothing alike," said Kelly Latimore when asked to compare his sound to Saintseneca’s, "but we both write music out of our own–and others'–experiences."

For the past several years Latimore has been crafting intimate and lush songs that expand greatly on what is considered standard singer-songwriter fare. Although his creations could be classified as a sort of new wave-folk, he explained that his sound is just not that simple.

"I have always called it 'folk,' but when I say that, I mean my community of 'folks,' or people. Songs for people I love. Songs about the experiences of myself as a 'folk' and the other 'folks,' friends, acquaintances and strangers in my days. I think this was at the heart of traditional folk music," he said.

Last March, Latimore released his latest recording, a seven-song album titled Vinegar and Honey. The album was recorded at the Good Earth Farm in Athens, and was completely self-composed and recorded.

Ghost Stories share Latimore’s determined DIY attitude about their music. The band released Dumb Luck, a six-song EP in May and have been furiously touring and working on new material ever since.

"We have some short weekend runs scheduled, including a date in New York at the end of the month. We’re also in the process of booking a winter tour," said bassist Charlie Walden, who noted that the band have completed several new tracks for their next album.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. this Saturday. The event will also feature locally made soda by Miguel’s Magic Soda Company. Visit Central Venue's Facebook page for details.