Article by Ashley Davison
Double Happiness is a fantastic dive bar in the Brewery District. Much longer than it is wide, the bar takes up about half of the space as you walk in. There are stairs to the right to a loft seated area, and the small stage, dance area and patio are below it. Typical for the Columbus bar scene, they have a diverse and rotating list of beers on tap, many of them local. My favorite beverage on tap is a seasonal keg of famed local mead by purveyors Brothers Drake Meadery. At the behest of my lovely bartender, I also chose to imbibe a couple of Brass Knuckles. The name says it all: strong, hoppy, and full bodied. BAM! Right in the taste buds. But you came for the music, didn’t you?
From Another Planet played after I arrived, and is a band my buddy talks up constantly. I was not disappointed. Their guitar work was solid, and their vocalist really had the crowd worked up. I loved every minute of their set, and look forward to hearing them play again. Intervals played a few eloquent melodic numbers before transitioning into faster melodies. I quickly downed my drink to get jostled around in the pit, which was almost indistinguishable from the stage. The room was on fire and we were the flames. Unfortunately, I did miss half of Polyphia‘s set but what I did hear was fabulous.
Finally, The Contortionist came on stage. They played a mix of their previous two albums before launching into the titular tracks of their newest album. For anyone unfamiliar with the band, the level of skill and the melodic component to an otherwise brutal genre of music is an ethereal experience. Even those of you lacking in spiritual direction will find something in the music.
Between sets I was able to sit down with Denounce Your Martyr’s (the opening band) guitarist, Paul Bolin, and ask him a few questions.
Me: Thanks, man, I really appreciate it. So, how stoked are you to be here tonight?
Paul: As excited as I can be. I love all of these bands.
Me: Awesome. Have you seen any of them perform before? Paul: So many times I can’t even count. I love all of these guys, they play very well. Me: What draws you to this style of music?
Paul: The musicianship, and the level of skill produced by everyone playing tonight. I’m a huge fan of the soft, gentle waves of the guitars and the complex lyrics. I love playing shows like this.
Me: How do you feel about the venue?
Paul: It’s small, but it has decent acoustics and isn’t a bad venue to play. I’m glad I was able to open the show.
Me: Anything you’d like to add?
Paul: We always hope to play bigger shows, but a lot of people showed up. Check us out at band camp and keep the love rolling!