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Connections – MIdnight Run

July 26, 2016

the Hierarchy

Frequenting a rather formidable preside that overlooks the real estate of a real heartland rock vector that is unfalteringly bold Connections and their risqué purloin whips up a couple snazzy trinkets of that unbudgeable wedged slick transpiring guitar led proposition hammering them into their divets, sitting high at its ivory tower as it robs you for a few smiles.  Formed in 2012 pumping out a few prided EP’s the band came under a historic, yet understated, time for Columbus indie-rock.  Joining the band became the involvement of alumni from 84 Nash, El Jesus De Magico, and Swarming Branch all proficient influences of the local indie fan base.  Matador and Merge affiliate Times New Viking, whose drummer/howler Adam Elliott was keeping time for Connections back then was replaced by Michael O’Shaughnessy, a veteran of El Jesus De Magico, Nick Tolford & Company, Ipps and other Ohio affiliates.  The band herein are releasing their…

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CONNECTIONS – ” Midnight Run “

July 20, 2016

More positive connections….

The Fat Angel Sings

Connections.

Tracing the origins of Columbus, Ohio’s Connections would take you back to the mid-late ’90s, when singer Kevin Elliott and guitarist Andy Hampel were out of high school and in a band called 84 Nash. The only band signed to the Rockathon label despite having no formal relationship to owner Robert Pollard’s better-established pursuit (behind the mic with Guided by Voices), 84 Nash got to tour extensively with its benefactors. From the sound of it, that experience still informs the backbone of Connections‘ every move — five guys with loud amps blasting out of a basement on a regular basis in service of keeping some manner of truth in rock ‘n’ roll.

Ragged and persistent, “Month 2 Month” (from the band’s fourth album, Midnight Run) couples Elliott’s lyrics about hardship and uncertainty with a triumphant zeal (“I’m better off that way!”) nearly outpaced by the amount…

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