TURN IT DOWN: Swinging with the Gallows
|By Rich Tupica|
A survey of Lansing’s musical landscapeAfter hours of driving down an Arizona highway, the tattooed members of Lansing’s Goddamn Gallows decided to call it a night and pulled their tour van to the side of the road in the middle of a barren desert.
But this time they were in for a surprise, as the dark dessert sky lit up in the middle of the night. “We were about a mile away from a prison,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Mikey Classic. “Lo and behold, there was a prison break that same night. All of the lights on the prison started going crazy and there were helicopters flying over us.”
The startled members sat nervously in their tents, thinking of what could happen if law enforcement mistakenly raided their camp spot. As it turned out, the prison escapees were a stone’s throw away from where the band slept. “We were about 100 feet away from this abandoned house,” Classic explained. “All of a sudden, this police Jeep pulls up shining a light and yelled toward the house for the people to come out.”
“Luckily, they never found us, we sat quietly in our tents,” recalled standup bassist Fishgutz.
After those small tiffs build up, Fishgutz said irritation takes over, and the band has often settled matters with fists. “I’ve pulled over the van so people could fight. I’ve pulled over so I could fight,” Fishgutz said.
Baby Genius, the band’s drummer, said this has become a way of life on the road. “We’ve had broken noses, busted eyes, fat lips,” Genius said. “But the next day we are all good and joking around.”
Classic said the band also avoids the obvious rockabilly clichés. “We try not to sound like everybody else,” Classic said. “We refuse to write zombie songs.”
You can catch them before they hit the road at Gutter Fest! (a psychobilly-gutter punk- blues fest) along with Al & the Black Cats (Lowell) and The Arkhams (New York). 8 8 p.m. Friday April 3, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $8.