Punk rock comes in many forms.
Edible Intention is punk in a disturbing, loud and unconventional way. The Grand Ledge natives don’t sound like a late ‘70s punk parody, and they are a million miles from what many people consider “punk” today. But make no mistake, the group is one of the few true punk bands in town.
The band’s song “Dead” revolves around one chord progression, with lead singer Jimmy Mitchell occasionally screaming “Dead!” into the microphone. It’s a minimalist approach to an already simple form of music.
“The lyrics are the least important part of our tunes,” Mitchell said. “We want to have good, solid punk tunes first, and then find just enough words or yelling to fit in. I’m a terrible storyteller, so I just find the most concise way to say something. That’s why most of the songs are only a few lines; it’s all you need.”
Along with Nathan “Stone Face” Kermit (drums) and Nathan “Fatty” Pavolko (bass), the band has created a unique sound that never sounds contrived or slips into experimental noise.
At times, the band’s tunes transform into some sort of a Pixies-type groove, which is usually short lived, as Mitchell rips off his T-shirt and begins assaulting his Fender guitar, aided by the fuzzed-out distortion of a Big Muff guitar pedal.
Even though the band plays multiple shows per month (mostly at Lansing’s Basement 414), Edible Intention’s vibrant presence manages to draw a crowd.
“Lansing has been pretty good to us,” Mitchell said. “We play a lot at the Basement 414, and they’re really great. The 414 gets the biggest crowds we’ve seen at any of our shows, and they seem to get bigger each time. People there seem to like our brand of rock‘n’roll. “Lansing is great, and anyone who thinks there is no ‘scene’ should check out the 414 on any given weekend, when there’s good bands playing and 20 to 50 kids roaming around.”
Even when a show has a small turnout, Pavolko said the few in attendance will get a wild show. “We just love to play, Pavolko said. “We figure if only three people come out to see us, why not play a hell of a show for them, give them the same treatment as everyone else on a night where we have 20 people.”
Listen to the band online at www.myspace.com/edibleintention123. Check out next week’s column for a feature on Lansing hip hop, and a spotlight on local hip-hop mastermind Clokwise.
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