TURN IT DOWN- A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape
|By Rich Tupica|
On March 28 at Mac’s Bar, Lansing bands Flatfoot and The Darts are booked for a dual album release party. The show starts at 10 p.m. Here’s some background on the bands’ new platters.
Flatfoot “Wild Was Our Mercy” Flatfoot’s new LP, “Wild Was Our Mercy” (Los Diaper Records), opens with “Blue Blood,” a bang of twang that blends steel guitar and storytelling wordplay.
The band’s new album, available on vinyl and CD, was recorded by notorious White Stripes producer Jim Diamond at his popular analog studio, Ghetto Recorders, in Detroit.
“Sean and Ryan from Los Diaper Records saw a show we did at Mac’s last fall,” Bales recalled. “In the parking lot, they offered to put out our album on vinyl. As it turns, out they were pretty drunk, and the next day they were like, ‘Did we tell Flatfoot that we’d put out a vinyl record? Well, OK.’”
Perhaps this is why the phrase “no more drunken promises” is etched on the run-out groove of the vinyl record?
The Darts “Wake Up, Be Jealous”
The Darts new indie-pop-rock album, “Wake Up, Be Jealous” (Attraction Records), is a tribute to being young, drunk and moving away from home.
While the album opens with “Blood on the Sun,” a sullen, yet frantic five-minute opus, it quickly changes its lyrical course.
Following that emotional battle, founding member Jocelyn Klug (bassist) abruptly left the band.
Now, after releasing two EPs and two LPs, The Darts name will be retired as Minarik and drummer Chris Higgins form a new band.
Minarik said the CD release show at Mac’s will likely be the band’s last performance.
Drummer Darrin Higgins said The Darts sound and personalities are a better fit in the Motor City. “Bands in Detroit are a lot more inviting,” Higgins said. “We’ll play with them, and then they’ll invite us to a party and hang out afterwards and be friends. People here are really clique-y.”
“I like being in Lansing to a certain degree,” he said. “I like playing at Mac’s Bar. There is a part of me that would like to save or fix the Lansing music scene — and try to make it right.”