LEAGUE BOWLERS SHOW 'SOME BALLS'
By Chad Painter
The Other Paper, November 20-26,2003
Columbus' latest supergroup formed in a bowling alley.
Well, at least that's how their name - The League Bowlers
- makes them sound.
The Bowlers - Colin Gawel of Watershed, Mike Parks of the
Godz, Jim Johnson of the True Soul Rockers and Dan Cochran
of Big Back 40 - are a slick but rocking combination of
their other bands on their first CD, Some Balls.
The album's cover is a great parody of the Rolling Stones'
Some Girls, with the girls' faces replaces by bowling
bags. It's priceless.
The best song is "Kids Down South," a slow, country-rock
anthem where Gawel sings, "The kids down south/ They
like to have fun." Actually, the song sounds a lot
like something Cochran would've played with Big Back 40.
"Been Thinkin'" is a lo-fi rocker about falling
off the wagon ("I've been thinkin' 'bout some drinkin'/
I haven't had a sip in 15 months").
Other highlights are Watershed-esque "Pretty in a
Slutty Way," the alt-country "Half of Me"
and the Gawel/Marcy Mays duet on "Here I Am."
The only complaint is that Some Balls ends on
a bummer. "Essence," while a good song itself,
is the first slow song on what otherwise is a party album.
The result is the record ends on a down note, which seems
out of place.
But that's a minor quibble. Overall, the League Bowlers
roll a strike with Some Balls.
THE LEAGUE BOWLERS
SKULLY'S MUSIC DINER
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26
by Stephen Slaybaugh
The Columbus Alive, November 20, 2003
Following in a long Columbus tradition, the League Bowlers
have concocted enough tall-tales (connections to Axl Rose,
stories about hitchhiking, fake Rolling Stone articles,
etc.) surrounding the band that it's hard to distinguish
the bull from the shit. Be that as it may, some things are
known: The band is comprised of Colin Gawel, also of Watershed,
on guitar and vocals; Jim Johnson, of Willie Phoenix's band,
on drums; Mike Parks, of Godz fame, on guitars; and Dan
Cochran, formerly of Big Back 40 and Feversmile, among others,
on bass; and will be releasing its first CD, which this
The album, Some Balls (B Minus), following in
another Columbus tradition, relates tales of drinkin' ("Been
Thinkin'"), girls ("Pretty in a Slutty Way,"
"The New Girl") and, well, more drinkin' ("Saturday
Night There's a Party"). The Bowlers match such timeless
themes with a particularly impressive deluge of Midwestern-soiled
rock that's at once casual and off-the-cuff as well as well-played,
and it's worthy of the bandmates' lineages.
Things start early so everyone will have plenty of time
to sleep off their hangovers before heading out for the
holiday the next day.
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