COLUMBUS – Heart Beat In Half Time
An intrigued PETE WALSH is intrigued by DIY pop-punk youngsters.
Raw and roughshod, Heart Beat In Half Time is the backyard tattoo you wished you hadn’t allowed your best mate to coax you into. It’s one of those things that because you’re not old enough to do it properly, you’ll do it any which way you can. Unfortunately for Columbus — an unsigned act — the poor production quality on the EP is a little disappointing. However, there are moments of musicality that harken back to the golden years of NOFX and Rancid.
Predictably, the EP has Fat Wreck Chords and Fat Mike emblazoned in tartan and denim regalia all over it — particularly when assaulting listeners with tone-deaf, dreary vocals on the title track. The drummer and lead guitarist provide the real backbone of Columbus’s musical efforts. Despite my derision towards uninspiring vocals and reminiscently emo lyrics, I hold a special place in my musically-addicted heart for bands that can nail a gut-busting guitar solo and tireless cymbal fills.
Having recently copped a decent rap for their headlining gig at The Zoo, it’s hard to completely write Columbus off. After all, punk is a lifestyle, right?
PETE WALSH is an ex-Rave contributor and vagrant writer as well as a bit of a literati, music aficionado and coffee snob.