Let’s get serious
|By Rich Tupica|
Pop punkers Frank and Earnest sing it like it isLansing’s Frank and Earnest write honest songs about slumlords, love and drunken nights.
The pop-punk band, which features members of The Cartridge Family, puts a strong focus on writing lyrics that are true to life. “A lot of my lyrics are about shit that’s been going on the past couple years,” said vocalist/ guitarist Ben Hassenger (former Lansing mayoral candidate). “I write about love that’s gone awry, being broke … having a landlord that’s trying to screw you over. Everything I write is a pretty clear snapshot of my life.”
Hassenger said most of the band’s lyrics are blunt with emotion. “The songs are always matter of fact, there is always a sense of something deeper
Hassenger shares the songwriting duties with band mates Otis Pierce (guitar/vocals), Paul Wittnann (bass) and Ryan Horky (drums).
“Most of my songs are written when I’m a depressed drunk,” Pierce said. “I wait until I’m at a bad point, then I go in my room and start writing.”
While each member brings different influences to the table, Wittnann said the band’s songs maintain a cohesive sound. “All three of us write so differently, but we all write up-front lyrics,” Wittnann said. “That’s our connecting factor.”
While Pierce may find inspiration from a Lucero record, Hassenger may throw on a Bruce Springsteen LP, or some 2Pac.
“I love metaphors. I love listening to hip-hop,” Hassenger explained. “The way they use rhyme and alliteration is incredibly fascinating. I try to incorporate that into my songs when I can.”
Visit Frank and Earnest online at www.myspace.com/franknearnest.
Frank and Earnest
Electronic music today is often made on laptop computers, using programs to compose beats. Patrick Wenzel, of local duo Public Pubes, said he and band mate Jessica Arnold prefer to keep it real, using keyboards and hardware to construct rugged beats and sounds.
Since forming a year ago, the Lansing/ Ann Arbor-based duo has developed a style
Wenzel, 27, first began writing music at age 12. He prefers music made by artists he can identify with.
For those interested in nerd-core electro music, check out the Super 8 Bit Brothers, who are playing a free show on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Lansing’s Basement 414.
For more information visit: www.myspace.com/super8bitbrothers
414 Jay St., Lansing (Enter through the alley behind the Nuthouse Sports Grill). All ages, FREE, 6 p.m.