By: Sam Kayuha
One of the most exciting subsets of the Columbus music scene has about a dozen Clintonville musicians as its members, who mix and match themselves into four bands.
There is Cousin Simple, whose energetic live show won it Groove U’s 2017 Instaband competition. There is the Comos, which was on a fantastic bill at the A&R Bar last year, opening up for Post Animal and White Reaper. And there is Rat Motel, a group In the Record Store profiled earlier this year.
Henry Morris drums for Cousin Simple and the Comos, but for his latest project he is taking the reigns as frontman and band leader.
“I don’t write in either of the other bands,” Morris said. “In RADATTACK I write everything, and I’m pretty specific with how I want the rest of the band to play.”
RADATTACK is only six months and two songs old, but the reputation of its members precedes it. Bassist Duke Warner also plays in the Comos, while drummer Izzi Salvador is in Rat Motel. The new group already has the backing of CD1025, which is presenting its EP release show at Rumba Cafe next week, and a set scheduled at the Bay City, Michigan, River Scene festival in June.
And all of this comes while the musicians are still in high school. Half of the band are students at Whetstone, while the other half, including Morris, attend Columbus Alternative.
“The local scene is pretty accommodating to younger bands,” Morris said. “Cousin Simple has played Skully’s probably 15 times. They give us a great platform.”
The band’s first two tracks dropped last August. “Hong Kong Action Cinema” is a powerhouse of garage rock while “Swamp Dogs” is a driving acoustic track in the vein of some of Morris’ inspirations like Ty Segall and Twin Peaks.
The upcoming seven-track EP was recorded with Josh Antonuccio in Athens. Morris called the project “compact,” and said that it was an attempt at getting the band’s feet on the ground. It is set to drop on April 13.
In the meantime, Morris is working on what will be the band’s debut full-length and prepping for two New York shows early next month. The band will play two Brooklyn venues, Sunnyvale and Unit J, on April 6 and 7.
As for the official EP release show at Rumba Cafe on the 13th, tickets are $5 for the all-ages event, with an extra $2 for those under 21.