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Lots of news: New Fisherking album, The return of the Livingston Underground, more

Lansing’s Fisherking have a new album called “Ghost” which is available for a pay-your-own-price download here.

From the Livingston Underground website

The Livingston Underground is reborn in Livingston County. The group, consisting of bands and promoters looking to open a full-time performance space in Livingston County, is re-launching with a show on Nov. 10 at the Howell Performing Arts Center (Howell PAC), the home of Bledfest.

Bands scheduled to play include Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, Good Weather For Airstrikes, Endeavors, The Deep End, Quicksand Swimclub and more.

Take a look at this short documentary about the group’s rebirth to find out more about the upcoming show and how you can get involved.

Bomb the Music Industry’s Final Lansing Show Now Available To Stream **Live Set Now Available for FREE Download**


NY punk band, Bomb the Music Industry, played their last Lansing show on Wendnesday. I recorded the show and now it’s available to stream below. **EDIT: The live set is now available for FREE download at the same page**

I also realized something. I think all of the ID tags of the songs’ titles just say “Vacation” and not the actual song titles. Here’s the setlist. Song titles with a slash between the two mean that they are on one track.

Just in case that’s true, here’s the setlist:
Campaign For a Better Weekend
Everybody That Loves You
The First Time I Met Sanawon
All Ages Shows
Sorry Brooklyn, Dancing Won’t Solve Anything
493 Ruth
Vocal Coach
I Don’t Love You Anymore
The Shit That You Hate
Hurricane Waves
Even Winning Feels Bad w/ Bulls on Parade (Rage Against The Machine cover) interlude
Everybody That You Love
Saddr Weidr
Can’t Complain/Wherever You Are
Syke! Life is Awesome!
Don’t Destroy Yourself
Jobs Schmobs

Bomb the Music Industry talk final tour, the future, favorite Michigan spots and more

 

Jeff Rosenstock (left, vocals/guitar) sings during their last Lansing show. Photo by Sean Bradley.

Nassau, NY punk band Bomb the Music Industry, who recently announced their current tour will be there last, stopped in Lansing on Wednesday. They talked about the band’s future plans, their lives back home and while they were in Lansing, talked up their favorite Michigan spots they’ve been to and someday want to visit. Check that out below. Also, I (Sean Bradley) recorded their set. Look for that to come out soon. That’ll be post at Lansingmusic.TV’s Purevolume.com page.

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Little American Champ “Nothing Forward, Nothing Backward” EP review

Lansing punk band Little American Champ released a new EP last week entitled “Nothing Forward, Nothing Backward”.

Here’s a review.

Courtesy of the Little American Champ Bandcamp page

Little American Champ is Jonny Janis (guitar/vocals), Alex Janis (bass/vocals) and Danny Petrilli (drums/percussion).

This three piece has a ringing resemblance to other bands (Lemuria, Against Me and The Riot Before come to mind) while holding true to their Midwest roots. Sometimes the lead vocals have a Tom Gabel-esque approach in their melodic shouting ways. I really like them but they’re not really original. Heard it a million times but that’s OK. I could say the same for the guitars, drums, bass…everything about this band is something I’ve heard before. Not a bad thing at all.

For some bands, they play a style other bands also play down to a tee but what matters with a band like Little American Champ is the amount of heart and soul they put into their music. When they play their songs, they play the hell out of them. They love what they do. That energy is apparent all over this four song EP.

On a song like “We’ve Been On a Roll Lately”, with its distorted, feedback-laden intro and powerchords aplenty, Jonny sings the chorus of “relax and repeat” as the powerchords follow his vocal lead. The breakdowns are melodic and have room to breath with a rotating drum pattern, leading to a breakdown then a build up of cymbal crashes and droning power chords. Good stuff from this three piece.

The rhythm section is extremely tight and concise. Not a note or drum hit is wasted. The bass doesn’t have the hardcore punch but it’s not wimpy either. I like this rhythm section. I like this whole group as a musical unit. Sometimes even with a three piece the members can drift off into their own worlds but here, they act as one toward their goal of playing the best they can as a unit. Again, not a note is wasted.

“What’s the Secret, Max?” has the Gabel-like vocals I hinted at earlier. Jonny sings “I don’t have anything to report” and later “thank fucking God that you stayed home”. Although, I will say, it is a bit hard to understand his voice. I hear the lyrics correctly here and there but not the whole way through (maybe it’s just me and maybe my hearing’s going downhill worse than I thought).

Everything about this four song EP is essential Midwest punk. Honest, blistering, quick. The whole thing lasts about 15 minutes. Go check it out and download it for free. Do that here.

More LMTV collaborations with Elm Street Recording

More and more videos of our collaborations with Lansing based recording studio Elm Street Recording have been popping up as of late. Here are a few of them.

Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts “The Bridge” live at Elm Street Recording

 

Silk Filled Stilts “Long Live the Miscreants” live at Elm Street Recording

Way to Fall “Last Chance” live at Elm Street Recording

The Thornbills “Square Peg” live at Elm Street Recording

Honah Lee Q and A by Claire Lea

This Q and A, by local writer Claire Lea with Honnah Lee, comes a few months after the band released their newest album, “Life Won’t Let Me”, on Good Time Gang Records.

The lights arise and the band starts playing the crowd erupts in cheers that sounds as if they had been old friends when really this music belongs to the growingly popular Trenton New Jersey band Honah Lee.
With a new CD released in collaboration with Good Time Gang records, they are turning heads and gaining more recognition for there upbeat, slightly bitter lyrics.
Honah Lee has been a band since 2008 however the individual band members have held a residency since long before then. Tim Hoh lead singer of Honah Lee along with Anthony Catanese drummer (also known as Tony or Goggles) have been in many bands together since 1998. The pair had been in the band Philo before forming Honah Lee. while touring with the band they had met and became great friends with Lansing locals The Plurals, in which they had stayed in touch with for many years.
Also while in Philo they had obtained bass player Jim who they found while playing with his band Moscow girls. Jim stayed with the guys through the change of name, new lead guitarist Dim, and a revamped sound. What the name Honah Lee had meant to the guys hadn’t been clear. However, when looking up the definition of it, urban dictionary had given a very helpful explanation of what Honah Lee meant and it seemed to explain the band very well in a few mythical words: “The land that is home to Puff the Magic Dragon”.

How was the name created?

Tim Hoh: we had our first show booked as the new band but still had no name after two months. one day ant showed me a paper plate that he had wrote HONAH LEE on and I immediately loved it!! but I was the only one, and when it got down to the wire and we needed something to put on the flier I convinced everyone to be on board with the name.

Anthony: Beer

So you guys have been to Lansing a few times.. how are your feelings on our great city?

Anthony: If it has a vagina or, and this a big or, had a shaved a-hole…. I’d bang it

Tim Hoh: We consider it our home away from home!!! by far the most welcoming city we travel to!!!

Dim: I have been in Lansing about two or three times now with Honah Lee. Every time is awesome almost as if it were a homecoming hosted by some of the friendliest, most appreciative, and independent- minded folks Iv’e ever had the distinct pleasure of knowing.

Where would you like to go with the band?

Anthony: The bar.

Tim Hoh: Everywhere.

Dim: I would like to take over the world if that’s possible!

How do you feel about the new album compared to other ones?

Tim Hoh: I think this album is the best thing I’ve ever been a part of, I feel that for the first time someone managed to capture Honah lee on record, for the first time our live energy shows on a record.

A few last notes from some of the guys:

Jim: I let these guys answer the questions, and they did a great job, so I’m going to treat you with a haiku:

Honah Lee’s in town!
Shit, god damn! They fuckin rock!!
Better recognize.

Anthony: p.s. I’m not on five hits of acid right now.

The Plurals/Frank and Earnest “Funemployment” Split 7″ Review

So, the Good Time Gang has finally entered the world of vinyl with a split 7″ featuring The Plurals and Frank and Earnest with two songs a piece. About damn time!

Here’s a review.

The bands alternate tracks here, starting with The Plurals’ “The Best Years of My Life Were in College”. The song features everything you can expect from The Plurals: throaty melodic singing, tight instrumentation, noisy guitars and thumping bass. Bassist/vocalist Nich Richard’s signature line here is “Who gives a fuck about tomorrow?/Who gives a fuck about today anyway”. The song just kind of feels average. Nothing special; a good song but given the band just put out a full length, it just has B SIDE written all over it and rightfully so. Not a good or bad thing. It just is.

The next track by The Plurals fronted by vocalist/guitarist Tommy McCord, “Summary of Your Life”,  has a lot more going on than the previous track. McCord’s vocals are pretty standard. Melodic yet screamy; tuneful yet oddly stoic. Backing vocals by drummer/vocalist Hattie Danby and bassist Richard are a nice layer and counter to McCord. The song features lots of guitar textures from lone guitar notes feeding back to scratchy, high end wails and sawing guitar chords. “I recognize I’m not the one” is the chorus line here.

Frank and Earnest’s side of the split features two of my most favorite live tracks to hear from them at shows, “Turning Pipe Dreams Into Pipe Realities” and “GTG Fest”. McCheese’s humbucker guitar lines slice through the more solid chords of Hassenger. The drums are tight and the bass pushes the song along nicely. I really like the dueling vocal between McCheese and Hassenger as well. Hassenger sings “I don’t want a life of fame and fortune/I just want a world without the torture of politics, overtime, the red and black on the bottom line/World with borders and boundaries out of sight”. Hassenger thinks it could be his “pipe dream” while McCheese counters in shouts, “Fuck your pipe dream/it will never be your pipe reality”. The mental story in the song is really intriguing. It gives you a sense of the second thoughts we all face in our daily lives and our directions in life.

The second track by Frank and Earnest, “GTG Fest”, is a short and fast song about the Good Time Gang festival, GTG Fest. One of my all time favorite lyrics is in this song. The line “forget about tomorrow/this is where I wanna be” describes how I feel when I go to a great show, hanging with lots of friends having the time of my life. It’s that feeling when you walk away from the show just absolutely blown away and you’re living in the moment. It’s that feeling when you know you’ll never forget what you just witnessed. As heavy as I’m describing that one lyric, the song is short and sweet, which is apt. It can’t be too long or it loses its power. The power chords and single note guitar lines crunch and chime along. During the chorus, drummer Ryan Horky kills the bass drum and smashes the cymbals. A great song that describes a moment in time that you’ll never forget.

Overall, The Plurals side is a good set of songs but given that they just put out a full length, the songs have B side written on them. Nothing bad about that, it’s just the way it is. Frank and Earnest’s side features some live favorites on tape. Great lyrics and awesome instrumentation although hearing and seeing the songs live makes them even more special. Go pick this up here.

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