TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
|By Rich Tupica|
Food for punk
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.
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.
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.”
w/ MK Ultra Culkin, Bailout Saturday, Sept. 5 @ Oade’s Hidden Camel 1210 S. Washington Ave., Lansing