With roots spreading from here to New England, Chapel Hill band North Columbia have backgrounds ranging from funk-metal drumming, to classical violin, to folk rock and progressive sources. But that was then, half a lifetime ago, before chance and circumstance brought these lads together to give music a new go. What they’ve got now is new, informed by stories and passions of love lost and found, of soul searching, and of musical experimentation. NoCo brings an energy of musical escape and catharsis, flavored with emotive vocal styling and nuanced instrumentation. Each of the players has walked through the tutelage of countless influences to arrive at something patchworked and original, familiar yet innovative. There is something Southern to be found here and there in the compositions; other sounds are totally placeless. The songs move through dynamics of force and calm, to engage the ears in unpredictable ways throughout the performance. The band plays shows all around central NC, in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Saxapahaw and Hillsborough.