TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape
|By Rich Tupica|
Power to the People’sWhile there are plenty of great bands in Lansing, The People’s Temple is the city’s hidden treasure. The band mixes punk rock with psychedelic blasts of reverb, topped with great, folk-inspired lyrics. The live show is dysfunctional and sometimes rowdy.
Those who care to bare witness will have a chance Sunday, June 28, at Mac’s Bar, when the band shares a bill with Milwaukee garage bands The Midwest Beat and The Gut Reactions.
The punk element does come through in the music, but more so in the band’s wild stage show. “We are juveniles playing on stage,” Szegedy said. “It’s debauchery. I never liked a boring show, so we’re energetic and put on a show. We don’t just stand around, we want people to have fun.”
While most local venues are tolerant of the band’s sometimes-destructive performances, The People’s Temple has already managed to burn at least one local bridge. “The first time we played at the Small Planet nobody showed up,” Szegedy explained. “So we got up on stage, I threw my cup at their lights, knocked over microphones and tackled George while he was playing his drums. I guess I smashed one of their drum mics. The venue asked us not to come back, which I am fine with.”
Made up of two sets of brothers, Alex and George Szegedy (drums) and William (guitar/vocals) and Spencer Young (bass/vocals), the band is often prone to onstage banter and arguments that only brothers or life-long friends could produce.
The band members are now selfrecording their debut full length at their home studio, which features all vintage equipment, complete with eight-track reel-to-reel recorder.
The People’s Temple
Visit the band online at: www.myspace.com/thepeoplestemple10