Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, musical group Michigan Rattlers play heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Graham Young (guitar), Adam Reed (upright bass), Christian Wilder (piano), and Tony Audia (drums) began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school.
They regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing a musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, and more.
After a few years apart, Reed and Young settled down in Los Angeles, recorded a short demo, and began playing locally. The demo found its way into the hands of super-producer Johnny K (Plain White T's, 3 Doors Down), and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG Studios in just one day.
This self-titled Michigan Rattlers EP attracted glowing reviews from No Depression, Bluegrass Situation, B3 Science, and Rolling Stone, who named the band one of their âTen New Country Artists You Need To Knowâ in 2016.
In 2018, following a massive summer tour that included stops at Bonnaroo, Firefly and Electric Forest; the band released their highly anticipated debut full length album, 'Evergreen,' on September 28th. "This is a band with solid songwriting chops and instrumental skills," says No Depression. "'Evergreen' shows this three-piece from Petoskey, Michigan making a stand, making their way."
(Rescheduled from January 14) Feralcat and the Wild with Special Guest Royce
Throwing Musesâ lynchpin, Kristin Hershâs prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. In 2018 she announced a new partnership with Fire Records that made possible the release of her tenth studio album, âPossible Dust Cloudsâ.
âIâm thrilled to find some like-minded teammates in the shifting paradigm of the recording industry. Together, we can do a lot more damage than we could ever pull off alone, and damage is whatâs called for when an old guard is falling. This is gonna be a swell party.â
âPossible Dust Cloudsâ is a highly personalised sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works, a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din. Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept of âdark sunshineâ, a brooding solo record created with friends to expand her off-kilter sonic vision; a squally, squeaky mix of discordant beauty. Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality, imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet.
âSometimes the most subversive thing I can do musically is adhere to standard song structure, sometimes the creepiest chords are the ones weâve heard before, twisted into different shapes, and sometimes a story is lived a thousand times before we can ride it like a roller coaster. Nothing wholly unfamiliar is gonna make you look twice. When you can describe a record as being âdeceptivelyâ anything, youâre hinting at the sociopathic nature of music. Something I love.
Imagine truly buying your own sunshine and charm, but also your darkness and violence; the two sides of your psychology showing each other off in relief. Songs can do thatâ¦we canât, really. Darkness weâve seen. Dark sunshine? Still cool. I usually play all the instruments on my solo records â essentially the sound of having no friends â but sociopaths canât realise their potential without people to work out their grievances on and this record is a freakinâ sociopath.
So I invited my friends to the party I wanted to hear. Not a live record but an alive record. Because a lot of live records donât sound live, just poorly recorded. And self-conscious musicians canât let fly. I wanted to recreate the impact of a show. Unpretentious, with a muscular song body running through the room. This entailed seriously messing with both extremes of the sonic spectrum: the fundamentals (basics, rhythm section, roots) but also with the detail (percussion, high end, effects). These two strata asked to sound eccentric: atonal and arhythmic. So when the song body runs through the room, itâs not wholly unfamiliar, just dressed oddly enough to make you look twice.
Dark sunshine, still cool. Hopefully, anyway. My friends helped me make a nice party noise, a goofy sociopath. Everyone who stopped by the studio was asked to make some noise and they pretty much did. A party that lasted for a few years, itâs only now dying down. A friend called this morning asking when the bus was leaving. A rickety, squealy, squeaky busâ¦none of us want to miss it.â
Kristin Hersh, July 2018
TWRP with Rich Aucoin - Presented by Opus One Productions