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Wednesday, September 30,2009

TURN IT DOWN

Out come the wolves

by Rich Tupica

Tired of hearing local bands lead into a song with lines like, “This one’s about getting dumped on Facebook?” Then you might want to turn your ears to Lansing’s To Fear the Wolf.

“You wouldn’t hear me singing about breaking up on MySpace or texting my friends at the mall,” said Colt Slee, guitarist and vocalist of To Fear the Wolf.


The Lansing band released its debut EP, “Frontiers” on Lansing’s Bermuda Mohawk Productions) earlier this month with a release show at Mac’s Bar.


Slee said the six-song EP borrows from more than just current iTunes bands, making for a hard sound to describe, lyrically and musically.


“I love a lot of old Americana types of music and stories that are told within the songs,” Slee explained. “I like material that is simplistic and reminds me of harder times. It’s really intriguing to me. Something out of the old west, Depression or times like that.”


The band has fielded some wild comparisons since forming in the fall of 2008.


“I draw influence from punk, folk, old time country, bluegrass, blues and indie,” Slee said. “We enjoy hearing people do comparisons. The best we have probably heard was from a drunk guy at Mac’s, who said, ‘I think it’s a blend of Avail, Cheap Trick and Jackyl,’ who has the song with the chainsaw solo. I stopped explaining to people what we sound like after I heard that!”


The band, which also includes Jake Wisti (lead guitar), Byron De Yampert (bass/vocals) and Travis Wedley (drums), will be featured on The Impact 88.9 FM’s local music show, The Basement, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.


To hear tracks off To Fear the Wolf’s EP, visit www.myspace.com/tofearthewolf.


Plug-ged in


Michigan ska heroes Mustard Plug have been setting kids’ feet to skanking for more than 16 years. The Grand Rapids band will bring its signature horn-heavy sound back to Lansing on Sunday, Oct. 4, for an early, all-ages show at Mac’s Bar. The bill also includes a new young Lansing band, Catalina Wine Mixer, that could easily be the kid brother of pop-punk heavyweights Blink 182. Detroit ska-punks We Are the Union and Treehouse Rivals (Ferndale) also are set to toot some horns. Lansing skakids Minority Funk round out the bill.


Check out Mustard Plug at www.myspace.com/mustardplug 2700 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. 6 p.m., $8 advance, $10 day of , all ages


Reality star rock


If you love reality trash TV, you may be in for an odd treat. VH1’s “Daisy of Love” star Joshua Lee, AKA “London” (the one with the Mohawk) is set to perform with his glam metal band The Party Death (New York) at Fauxhawk Fest II on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Sun Theatre in Grand Ledge. Lee won the first season of Daisy of Love, and has since spent his time touring with his band and recording a debut EP.


Also kicking out some noise are locals The Cartridge Family, The Plurals, Res Publica, Gates of Steel and La Mano (former members of Jason Alarm). Out-of-towners The Amoebas (Grand Rapids), round out the lineup with impressive, trashy punk.


Check out The Party Death online at www.myspace.com/thepartydeath


316 S. Bridge St., Grand Ledge, 9 p.m., $8 advance, $10 at the door.


Walk this way


For those who love hip hop and rock, stop by the Basement 414 in Lansing on Sunday, Oct. 4, for an eclectic lineup of both genres. Brooklyn rap group Agent Strange will perform a set of poppy, experimental hip hop. Lansing artists set to perform include Noise Ghost, Looks Good On Paper, Snake Ladder and Purp Box Social.


Check out Agent Strange online at www.myspace.com/agentstrange1.


414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing (enter at Jay Street alley, behind the Nuthouse Sports Grill) 7 p.m., All-Ages. Donations encouraged.

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