Turn back the rock clock
|By Rich Tupica|
LansingMusic.TV and GTG Records release local covers compilationWednesday, Jan. 4 — With the towering shadow of Detroit looming, the Lansing rock scene has always been an underdog in Michigan music. While the capital city has never had a Motown, MC5, Iggy Pop or White Stripes to call its own, Lansing has nonetheless racked up a fair amount of credible underground sounds, many of which are covered on a new, locally produced, compilation CD: “Secret Identities: Lansing Covers Lansing.” The album features solely Lansing-based bands, covering tunes by other Lansing bands, new and old. The collection of homegrown tunes will be released Friday at Mac’s Bar.
“Initially, my ideal goal was to
involve as many different music scenes as I possibly could,” Bradley added.
“What ended up happening, though, was that a lot of the bands came courtesy of
Lansing label GTG Records. But there’s still a good mix of folk, rock ‘n’ roll,
psychedelic and punk rock.”
The Ones, a 1960s Lansing band led by the late vocalist Danny Hernandez, had a regional hit with “You Haven’t Seen My Love” on Motown Records in 1967; the song is covered by Narc Out the Reds. Meanwhile, area space-rockers Calliope cover the epic 1980 pop song “Dancing in Lansing,” by Ronnie Hernandez & the Sweet Energy (Danny was Ronnie’s uncle). Local pop-punks Frank and Earnest, led by vocalist/guitarist Ben Hassenger Jr., cover “Woman Like That,” a song by Mystic Shake, which featured band member Ben Hassenger Sr.
Other artists covered on the new
disc include The Fix (by American Gothic), Small Brown Bike (by Cavalcade),
Veloura Caywood (by Fields of Industry), Jen Sygit (by Small Houses), A Story
Told (by The Break-Ups), Flatfoot (by The Plurals), Calliope (by Drinking
Mercury) and Syscrusher (by Jason Alarm).
“The ones I was directly involved with, we didn’t want to
screw with them too much,” McCord said. “We wanted to play the song and put our
own stamp on them, but we legitimately picked songs we love, so we didn’t want
to deconstruct them too much.”
“Secret Identities: Lansing Covers Lansing”
CD release show
with Frank and Earnest, Cavalcade, Small Houses, American Gothic, Tommy McCord (solo)
9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6 @ Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
$7 cover, 18 and over