Milo's Trip: Ferndale Bands Join a Cult Down in Detroit
...a Rose Cult, that is; Northend Studios hosts Ferndale's Crappy Future, Michael Mars & the God Particle, performing with The Rose Cult. Plus celebrate the launch of a new Ferndale-based record label at the Berkley Front.
Sublimely swirled tones and the dark, dreamy haze of reverb, that tickling disorientation of Doors-ian organs and the steady clap-jangle of a tambourine...psychedelic folk crackles upon the bonfire of broodish/meditative blues-rock, done up right by Detroit-based quartet The Rose Cult..
Have a listen: The Rose Cult - "Daisy Chain" (stream/MP3)
This track's featured on their forthcoming album (expect a release show around November). If you stream it now, though, then I think you'll find it affects an evocative late-summer sensation: the tawny-tinged ethereal glow of a fading sunset as cosmic crickets start kicking up at the gravel-road's ditches, marched along with woozy allure as the stars start glowing above in the terror-twilight-skies and coax you up into the stratosphere for a spaced-out episode of fuzz-rock escapism.
Or, at least...that's where this song takes me...
You may not see this band around our usual rock-haunts like the Loving Touch or the New Way, but perhaps consider that their next show - Sept. 29 down in Detroit's Northend Studios - is bolstered by some of your neighbors, including Ferndale-based techno-rock quartet Crappy Future - a beguiling blend of Devo's keyed-up post-punk into Mogwai's crunch/fuzzed post-rock and wobbled with a bit of wahoo-anthemics.
Also joining the Rose Cult will be Michael Mars and the God Particle - a band that finds me using the words danceable and droney, hooky and noisy, in the same sentence.
Ferndale-based lead singer/songwriter/synth-loop-sequencer-wizard Michael Langan fired up this project amid the inertia of his other project(s), his synth-heavy, dark-new-wave sensibilities given a fresh weirdness by the majestic wail of Stefan Carr's jet-engine-fuzz-roared steel guitar. This duo dazzled with their embracing squalls of revving synthesizers and echo-wrung vocals during last month's Duenseday (at the Loving Touch), so if you missed that one, here's another chance - 9/29 @ Northend Studios.
Explore North End Studios, an artists collective, performance space and multifaceted studio based in eastern midtown Detroit, and enjoy more provocative sounds from Grass Grass Grass. (More info on this late-September showcase here).
And if you'd like to hear more from the aforementioned psyche-folk mavens (The Rose Cult), then dig this release from early Summer: About a Convict's Daughter).
More Ferndalians busy on the music front:
Kyle McBee and Brandon Frye (the former as lead singer in Future Slang and Factory Girls and the latter as bassist in Superbomb) are ready to launch their "codependent" record label, Dead Letter Office - a subscriber-based operation supplementing monthly cassettes to their "club" that will feature "diverse local and regional talents."
Frye and McBee have been busy bees through the late summer, both performing with their respective outfits, the atmospheric ambient-post-punk-blends of Future Slang, the unhinged, hooky/groovy-rock strut valiance of Factory Girls or the headier/hazier rock-sledge of Superbomb.
Somewhere between shows, songwriting and organizing their first month's release under the Dead Letter Office banner, they've also been recording respective albums and EPs for their bands. But, more on those as they click through the mixing board and get pressed.
For now, celebrate Dead Letter Office (and sign up for a cassette care package of local music goodies) at the Berkley Front on Thursday, Sept. 27, part of the monthly Axis Mundi Collective showcase at the Berkley Front. Superbomb, Future Slang and Factory Girls will all be performing.
Adding to the celebration is Superbomb's marking of their one-year-anniversary, having performed at this very locale (The Berkley Front) 365 days prior. Happy Birthday.