Sometimes you just come across new favourites by complete chance. With new album “What Went Down” to tour and an early announced date on a Saturday an hour’s flight away at Columbus, Ohio catching Foals live seemed a no brainer. With Wolf Alice, Circa Waves, and Silversun Pickups on the same bill as well as gigs either side by The Arcs, The 1975, and Swim Deep – not to mention the small matter of Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup – suddenly a full weekend had presented itself.
But tucked away on the Saturday night at the unpromising time of 530pm were local five piece Clubhouse who had just landed an opening slot via a competition from CD102.5FM to the gig of a lifetime. Clearly delighted to be performing to a huge crowd of hundreds of early attendees the band delivered a confident, energetic set of indie pop originals and covers with a tropical twist to keep the Ohio winter at bay and have the crowd quickly warming to them. By the end it was clear that the band fully justified their place in the line up in their own right.
Founder members Zak Blumer (drums), brother Ari (lead guitar), Max Reichert (vocals/rhythm guitar) have been joined by Ben Saulnier (bass/backing vocals) and Michael Berthold (keys/backing vocals). “Run Away” marks their second release after “To The Ocean” last spring. On the poppier side of indie in the vein of Vampire Weekend and Dog Is Dead with an EP on the way, Clubhouse look set to greatly expand from their Ohio fanbase in the year ahead.
Review by Gavin Watson | @watsongc