The Columnist
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The Columnist

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Austin, Texas, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Rock




"Patrick O. Sammons & Co.-Town of Trains"

The Columnist is a group containing solo artist Patrick O. and Brandon Sammons, and friends from around Texas. The group came together in 2009 and has been playing and working together sporadically since then. Their first album, Extra! Extra! from 2011, had a dreamy folk-rock sound that pulled together great instrumentation and lyrics. For this album, Town of Trains brings the quality, but in a slightly new form.

The album starts out with Arrival, including big sound, train whistles, and no lyrics. This short track leads into another short track, Millionaire, that is reminiscent of Justin Townes Earle and adds lyrics on a classic directional mic and lower tones of the string spectrum. June/Eventually extends their song length and gives more time to develop a more full story, while continuing to add more layers of complexity on their established base. Segueing with a snare drum beat and bell tolling, Soldier’s Mail is plaintive, crisp, and clean; solid technically and with a story to which we can all relate. Spider (Feed on Me) slows down the beat and fills the air with more gorgeous melodies and layers. Changing things up a bit, Conclusions is no end to the album, but a definite transition in the sound, as if someone flipped a switch on the tracks. Saxophone joins in at a couple of points, for more of a smooth jazz feel that mingles with sound-play in this track. Crime of Passion has a throwback sound and rough-around-the-edges lyrics. It may seem an odd fit for the rest of the album, but it’s an interesting break to hear the variety that one group can show. The duet sections in Make Believe are sweet and endearing, while the music is comfortable and soon becomes recognizable. Stay Out of My Bed is slow and melancholic, mildly depressing on a rainy weekend day, but turns around about half way through to be something very different, almost reaching whimsical for a few moments before coming back down at the end. Catch That Train has some great effects on sounds, and a few points in the song change the over all feel, as if this track should have had multiple parts as well. Finishing the album, Caged Birds/Departure is melodic and light, with smooth sounds and refreshing harmonies again, leaving the album on a high note. - Ear To The Ground Music

"The Weekend: More fun than a balloon of monkeys"

Triple Crown has a stellar show featuring talented bands playing what used to be called “alternative” back in the day when that meant an alternative to the same old, same old. The Columnists are a local band who should not be for long. They are too good to keep to ourselves. - Mercury Media San Marcos LLC


Still working on that hot first release.



The Columnist has existed in various incarnations since approximately 2009. The original line up was a five piece band consisting of guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. This group took an in-your-face alternative-rock approach to the singer-songwriter genre, with a tendency to use country and punk-rock elements. They released the bands debut: EXTRA! EXTRA! Following the disbanding of this group, the primary members of the band (brothers Patrick and Brandon Sammons) continued to play as a duo and released the record Town of Trains under the name Patrick O. Sammons & CO. This record was more in the Americana camp. Since moving to Austin The Columnist has performed as a trio with bass player Janie Cowan and are currently working on a new record. Between working on various other projects, The Columnist is an ever evolving musical entity with the desire and ability to move people. 

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