From the first moments of Keating's new single, "Bad Habits," the atmosphere is set.
The Columbus-based indie band's tune sounds like the theme song to a show like "Westworld" or "Longmire," which is to say it embodies all the grit that we know of Westerns.
That includes the original "3:10 to Yuma" and the movie's remake with Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. Hell, this song is Christian Bale as Dan Evans. It's Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. It's Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. It's any rebel dropped in a desert scene, shooting his or her way out.
The vocals of Jack Doran carry us through vignette after vignette of semi-nihilistic situations. From, "Every damn door, every damn door, every damn minute is a cast away," to, "Let me stand still on a land mine until you turn into a tail light," Doran paints the picture that bad habits are going to catch up to him sooner rather than later. All the while, his organ-esque key-playing fills any void of sound.
The bass played by track producer Glenn Davis is thick and deep, with a slight fuzz to dirty the track up a bit, yet it is performed so cleanly.
On the guitar, Stephen Kainec's lead cuts like a sharpened knife throughout the track. Angelic notes from Maddy Ciampa also can be heard in the chorus. (Editor's note: The band has a rotating lineup, which is typical of many local acts.)
This song is a slight departure compared to the material on the band's "Absolution" EP -- released March 3 -- but it still sits quite nicely within the collection of songs.
Catch this song, along with many other amazing tunes, live July 13 at Brothers Drake Meadery, 26 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus, when Keating plays alongside Devin XO and Miir. The event has a $5 cover, with doors opening at 9 p.m. and music starting at 10 p.m.
Alex D is a feature writer for In The Record Store. ThisWeek publishes a weekly feature from the organization, which focuses on central Ohio music discovery and involvement.