Go back in time with the band of Columbus Ghost Shirt

Ghost Shirt is one of my favorite bands from Columbus. Led by vocalist and lead songwriter Branden Barnett, the group is like the popliest version of The Replacements or the scruffiest version of The Whiles, depending on the song, with a touch of chamber pop courtesy of fiddler Samantha (Kim ) Schnabel.

At the time, I used to co-run the music blog Donewaiting.com, which you’ve probably never heard of if you’re under 30, and if you’re over 30, according to the he place you landed on the clique-ish DW message board hierarchy, you probably saw it as either a wonderful local music community or an unwelcoming place full of haters. (Insert “why not both?” GIF)

Anyway, every year we had an anniversary show, and in 2011 Jacob Wooten hosted us at his bar, Kobo (which is now Spacebar), where we booked Phantods, Town Monster, Time & Temperature and Ghost Shirt, who played the 2010 album. Daniel back and forth. Most of the room sang every word, myself included. Rachael Barbash documented the night beautifully. Maybe someday I’ll write an essay about what Columbus bands like Ghost Shirt meant to a perpetually tired part-time music blogger who was stumbling around trying to raise two toddlers.

Once Barnett moved away, Ghost Shirt shows understandably became rare, but once in a while the band would reunite for a gig in Columbus. On Saturday, October 16, Ghost Shirt returns to the Big Room Bar for a sold-out show alongside Sean Gardner’s bookmobile (another welcome blast from the past; check out this 2010 album, too) and longtime local treasure, the Kyles Sowashes.

Ghost Shirt bassist Ryan Hayez was even kind enough to give people a preview of the draft setlist (including a new song!), which I’ve copied below. Below, tap play Daniel through Bandcamp. I’m particularly fond of the title track, “Devils” and “Moon,” but it works better through and through, just like that night 10 years ago at Kobo.

Provisional setlist (song and album):

Jackhammer (domestic)

Underground (Domestic)

Alexandra (Maid)

Fire Radio (Domestic)

Domestic (Domestic)

History of Radio (Domestic)

Sleep (Domestic)

Steam engine (EP)

Sick with Love (EP)

Daniel (Danielle)

Devils (Daniel)

Civil War (Daniel)

Southern Girl (Daniel)

Leo (After The Spark)

Blood (after the spark)

Mattress (after the spark)

Strange Waves (new song)

Electric Heart (single)

Elizabeth J. Harless