It wasn’t until this fine little freakout I had, tremulously taken-in at the stage-lip of the New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck amid a frenetic neo-techno trip unleashed by Detroit’s Deastro…that I realized I’d apparently lost grasp of the eureka-netic invigorations inherently attainable when one is up-close and into the melodious muck and thrumming mist o’ the music
I’ve got to remind myself…
I don’t know how I became a tireless advocate for the therapeutic powers of an engaging live recital of music – raw and with a hint that chaos lurks behind the next crescendo or some key-change could pull a rug out from under you if you’ve been undulating down there with your eyes closed. You might get elbowed or you might be swooned, you are in it…and you are away from all-that…
Escapism, yes; one that’s primal, beastly sometimes even, but still cerebral, somehow. Tuning in without entirely dropping-out. It’d probably be a good way to shake yourselves up before mid-terms, maybe? Blow off some steam before you coagulate into seemingly incurable winter blues…?
Get right up there, right up to what would-be a “front row” of our humble venues, the masses mingling on spacious floors. Get up close…
…And while you’re here, on the internet or reading this from some mobilized glowing screen of yours, between class or work, get right up close and personal with a band we can now probably, assuredly, deem to be: “up and coming…” Joe Hertler & Rainbow Seekers have been seeking attention for their blend of melodious neo-soul-dashed indie-folk balladry for nigh-on two years now, steadily releasing a string of singles, E.P.’s and albums online. On Thursday, they’ll play the Blind Pig with The Soil & The Sun, Antrim Dells and Jack & the Bear. That’s probably too many ampersands for one bill…
You can watch Joe and the Seekers freezing their asses off with their music video, (part of their most recent release); bringing some of their signature color-splashing serenades and warming harmonies to the ghostly beauty of this gray, dusty factory in the dead of winter…(The Russell Industrial Center.)
I’m not sure how I started this screed freaking out to post-techno storms and fell into some radiant valley of pastoral singer/songwriter anthems… But then, maybe I was also glad to see another band experimenting inside that iconic underground artists community (The Russell) whilst also singing a song about the Red Wings! I’m a sucker for hockey, like any Michigander I guess.
Anyways, The Russell Industrial Center Sessions is streaming on their bandcamp, also.
Then see it all, LIVE:
Fri, February 8th
JOE HERTLER & THE RAINBOW SEEKERS
WITH THE SOIL & THE SUN
JACK & THE BEAR
AND ANTRIM DELLS
–The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.