Mar 6, 2013 – I was feeling a little frisky on a Wednesday night, so I packed up my camera and got a friend to go out to the bar with me. We decided to head out to Kobo as it is close by. It’s a wonderful local bar to hit on any night of the week. I personally suggest this bar for live music and good service. Jacob Wooten, the owner, can be found behind the bar or just hanging around most nights. He is always bringing in good regional talent that you wont find anywhere else in Columbus, and mixes it up well with good local bands. We paid our eight-dollar cover, steep for a Wednesday night, and got a few drinks at the bar. It seems we were supporting a band from out of town on the bill. This made me feel a lot better about the high cost of entry. The band of the evening to be reviewed was William Reach, a local group. We had arrived a little late and were catching them as the fourth band of the night out of five.

William Reach at Kobo

William Reach at Kobo

William Reach consists of Christopher Heidel, Casey Costello, Nikolas Heidel, and Thomas Kurth. There was a fifth extra man at the show on stage with them for half the show, but I was not able to get their name. Looking at their stage setup I was prepared for an interesting show. On the stage sat a full drum kit, a random floor tom with padded mallets sitting on it, a red Nord keyboard, a standard four-string bass, a stomp peddle connected to a tambourine, and acoustic guitar. The members took the stage and as they sound checked the bass player promptly belched into the microphone. My female friends assure me this is not a way to impress them while up on stage. If you’re not going to sing or engage the audience in some interesting way, and belching is hardly interesting, then back off the microphone and save our ears. This is not Revenge of the Nerds and you are not Booger.

William Reach at Kobo

William Reach at Kobo

They started their set with a song centered on the lead vocalist and his acoustic guitar. The vocals were thin and reedy, very reminiscent of Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), but still had his own style and twist on the feel. At first I was a little hesitant towards the vocals, but found myself very appreciative of them by the end of the night. They were strangely soothing. The random floor tom that sat on the stage got a lot of use in this first song. I initially thought it was very gimmicky to have a random floor tom for use, but it really just fit. No other way to put it.

A few more non-descript songs passed by. I wasn’t terribly interested in them, they seemed to all fit a pattern of starting soft with guitar and vocals then, after a certain point would break out into full band playing quickly and loudly. Would have been nice if this was only one or two of the eight songs of the set, but turned out to be six of them. The sixth song of the set really got me going though. The drums had a nice march feel to them, and it was really easy to get lost in the vocals, which seemed to fit this song. I would like to tell you the name of the song, but when I tried to communicate with the band they were all too drunk to have any sort of decent conversation with.

William Reach taking shots at Kobo

William Reach taking shots at Kobo

The show itself was so-so. I really liked the instrumentation and the songs themselves seemed well thought out and put together. I could tell that these were very talented musicians and they really could pull off a good show, but they seemed to be having an off night. That or the alcohol was getting to them a bit too much. I would suggest seeing them if you have a chance, earlier in the night and perhaps they will have a stronger performance. Being a musician myself I know one can’t always play the perfect show.

 

William Reach can be found on bandcamp at: http://williamreach.bandcamp.com/

 -V-