TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
|By Rich Tupica|
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Lansing’s Ambush of Tigers is playing one final local show before permanently relocating to a virtual Mecca of indie music.
Acting as home to such acts as Modest Mouse, The Shins and The Decemberists was motivation enough for the six-piece band to pack up and head out to where its niche genre is plentiful.
While the details are still to be determined, the band is confident things will fall into place. “We have a house to crash at once we get out there; that’s just kind of how we work,” Dilday said. “We’re not worried. We’re just packing up our things and going.”
Ambush of Tigers music is a perfect fit for the Sub Pop-inspired sound that inhabits that part of the country.
Loomis, who plays bass, co-writes many of the U2 and Radiohead-inspired songs heard on the band’s upcoming CD. “Brandon and I both write lyrics,“ Loomis said. “One line might be his, one might be mine. It’s a two-headed monster.”
Writing as a team has lead to many of the band’s off-kilter lyrics coming from rhythms and chords structures. “The music inspires the lyrics,” Loomis said. “Whatever is happening in the room, that kind of brings it out. Overall, we write about things that mean something personal to us, but [it] isn’t obvious to those hearing it.”
16800 Chandler Road, East Lansing. 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for 21 , $8 for 18 , www.thesmallplanet.info.
For all of you vinyl record hounds, The Record Lounge recently merged with Scavenger Hunt, a hip vintage clothing store at 503 E. Grand River Ave., in downtown East Lansing. Now folks can buy trendy threads and a pile of LPs in one stop. Read next week’s Turn It Down for the full story.