Having been making music together since they were kids living in Dayton, Ohio suburbs, it was inevitable that singer Kevin Elliott and Andy Hampel reconvene at some point after the dissolution of 84 Nash, their high school band that eventually released three albums, signed to Robert Pollard’s Rockathon label, and toured the States with Pollard’s Guided By Voices. After spending time working in Hampel’s basement on a batch of songs he had written, the duo emerged in 2010 for a show as Gold Circle, which only convinced them that they needed new accomplices to do the new material justice.
Elliott first brought on bassist Phillip Kim, a member of Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch that he collaborated with at the annual Columbus Rock Potluck. Needing a drummer, Kevin’s brother Adam was an obvious choice, especially since his Times New Viking was taking a breather after touring and releasing records nonstop for seven years. With a name chosen and a set of songs coming to fruition, there was still something missing. El Jesus de Magico guitarist Dave Capaldi turned out to be that something. Wasting no time, the band entered Columbus Discount Recording on May 26 (Stevie Nicks’ birthday) 2012 and recorded their debut album, Private Airplane, in one day. They’ve since hit the ground running, releasing an EP and 7-inch single as follow-ups, playing a string of opening slots for hometown heroes The Breeders, and receiving rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork. With all the dots connected and the stars aligned, it seems there are only bigger and better things on Connections’ horizon.