15: Urban Geographer’s First House Show

Location: 10626 Stoney Field Court Pinckney, MI

This weekend is a special one for Midwest music. Urban Geographer has teamed up with Kyle Allis (Chokepoint) to hosting its first house show in Pinckney, Michigan today. This exclusive night of communal celebration is a double EP release party featuring independent bands both local and from across state lines.  

Headlining the event is Howell, Michigan’s punk representatives, Storytime. 

The band, whose upcoming EP is one of two being released at the event, is fast and angry. Its garage rock riffs and tones are reminiscent of The Offspring, while its melodies have Kurt Cobain written all over them. 

Storytime’s 2015 demo, containing three heavily bass led anthems of cerebral escape, is all it takes to assure listeners that Saturday’s brand new material will not disappoint.  

The second EP being released tonight is a split from Columbus, Ohio’s hardcore, skate-rock trio, Nuclear Moms, and Lansing, Michigan’s ska-punk group, Grey Matter. 

The versatility of this four-song release is commendable. It is no wonder why these two bands have teamed up, given Grey Matter’s taste of the formerly abundant Columbus ska scene. 

Grey Matter’s mission behind its creative process seems to be writing songs which are fun to head bang to. The presence of a keyboard and trumpet only boost the ecstatic melodies driven by experiment and diversity. The band is truly embracing its checkered days. 

Though the blunt tracks from Nuclear Moms are short, similar to Trash Talk, there is a Michigan hardcore influence with an aesthetic punch similar to that of La Dispute and Chiodos. Its gainy overtones and blast beat verses are only the calm before its stormy breakdowns. The band never ceases to throw it into half time.      

Chicago’s emo, surf punk four-piece, Dingus, will perform the softer sounds of the night. Stopping through town on an exclusive weekend long, tri-state spring tour with Backpacks, Dingus is the perfect audio depiction of sunny summer days. The beach rock ringing of its guitars carry its stories of adolescent angst and make one forget about gray Michigan winters (even if its only until the song is over). 

The night’s music will also include live performances by Backpacks (Mt. Pleasant), Secret Grief (Lansing), Wild Hearts (Somewhere in Michigan), Hot Mulligan (Lansing) and Guts (Pinckney). The party starts at 5:30 p.m. and is a name your price show. 

For more information, go to Urban Geographer

Location: 10626 Stoney Field Court Pinckney, MI