Monday, September 22, 2014

Ferndale Libary Benefit

I have always been a nerd when it comes to books,  I absolutely love to read and write. I get overly excited when I crack open a new book, it's like starting a new adventure or meeting a new friend.  A few years ago a friend bought me a digital reader thinking that it would be a great gift for someone that likes to read, but it took some getting used to. I like the fact that digital books are cheaper, but there is something about holding paper, smelling paper, and feeling the weight of the book that is lost with digital readers. I also really love to read in the bath tub and I cant bring my E-reader in there with me unless I want to ruin the damn thing pretty fast.

I have always been a big fan or libraries because my favorite type of books to read are biographies, I enjoy stories of all the amazing and horrible things that humans have done throughout history. My local library has always been a great way for me to get my book fix while sparing the expense of purchasing a book, because lets be honest for the most part once your done your never going to read those books again. I have frequently wondered how libraries are doing these days and if they were still as relevant in this new digital age. I know that I love going there and I have always wondered if other people still enjoy it as much I do. It turns out that libraries are doing all sorts of new things that I hadn't even imagined to keep there doors open, this includes building up extensive music collections, renting out movies, and in the case of The Ferndale Library, having local bands and artists play there during their off hours.

According to Ferndale Library circulation specialist (and amazing writer Jeff Milo) the economy's collapse in 2008 really hurt the Ferndale Library. This caused the staff to have to sit down and think of new ways to bring in money and people. They stopped focusing on it as a place to get a book and more of a place to have an experience. A place where everyone in the community could gather for FREE to participate in activities with other locals. This includes having art shows, kids events, and lots of bands. The library was even used as a venue during last year's Blowout. They are finding new ways for the community to interact with each other and have created a pretty amazing space to do this.

But, as we all know, free is rarely ever really free. It takes a lot of money to keep this place going and taxes aren't cutting it. They have decided to find their own ways to create revenue, one of those being a benefit show that will take place at The Loving Touch this Friday, September 26th. They have invited 4 exceptionally good local acts to play and asked the community to come out and help them raise money to help the library. They are asking for a $5 donation at the door and 18 and over are welcome to attend.

We had a chance to talk to Jeff Milo about the event. Read what he had to say and then make an effort to come out and support this valuable community resource.


HID- When did you start working for the Ferndale Library and what is your title?
Jeff Milo- "I worked here as a high school student for three years in the late '90s; it was my after school job to put all the books away. I was re-hired as a Circulation Specialist 4-1/2 years ago, to work part time (which gives me time to continue freelance writing)."

HID- This year the library has had a lot of musical acts play within its walls, including having bands during The Blowout. What made the library decide to team up with music and invite local acts in to play?
Jeff Milo- "Part of that is just the next generation or, at least, a younger generation, coming “up the ranks,” so to speak, here in the library; that being, particularly, Kelly Bennett, the current Head of Circulation. She’s worked here a while too, in fact, we wouldn’t have a CD collection if not for her, at first; but, like myself, she strives to bring her connections to the greater creative community into the library – and her way of doing that was dreaming up the monthly concert showcases, where she books two local bands to play, after hours, in the big multipurpose Community Room. After four years, it’s no longer a novelty, or some quaint thing, for a loud rock band of 20-somethings with frayed clothes and penchants for feedback to come in and fly their own personal freak flags, as loudly as they like, inside the otherwise studious and serene setting of a library. It’s BECAUSE of our embrace of local music, among other things, that this place can be considered “more than a library.” So it got to that point where, when Blowout came to Ferndale, it made perfect sense for the Library to be a venue…just, cuz, some nights of the week, it truly feels and sounds like a venue, anyhow. Or, shoot, an art gallery, too…"

HID- The library also has a lot of events for children and families throughout the year. Who sponsors these events and how would someone get involved if they wanted to participate?
Jeff Milo- "I would say The Library sponsors these events and then there’s further support just from the enthusiastic attendance and participation of community families. There’s no sponsor, really; all of our programs are either dreamt-up or coordinated specially by our Youth Services Librarians – be it touring singers who specialize in family-friendly folk singing type of stuff or visits from the Michigan Science Center. Anyone interested in helping out should just stop at the main desk of the library and ask to fill out a volunteer app or, actually, head straight for the KIDS CORNER and see what’s up!"

HID- In the age of digital everything, why do you think it is important for the Ferndale library to stay open?
Jeff Milo- "Because we can be more than a place that loans physical/print books. We like to consider ourselves more of a community center – a place to meet, hang, study, work on your resume, listen to music, research local history, view some framed art, see a live performance, meet someone new, join a book club…ya know, a lot of those types of experiences are not only rewarding but, in an age of secluded Facebook clicking, also refreshing, just to be out, in public, experiencing all these things in person. But we definitely have to underline how many people come here because they would otherwise have no access to the Internet or even to a Microsoft Office suite for resume tweaks – some of these things can be taken for granted…But in the digital age of streaming and drop-boxing and snap chatting and whatever…it’s all of THESE experiences that can only happen inside this library and because of this library."

HID- Who will be playing the fundraiser ?
Jeff Milo- "Alt-hip-hop quartet Cold Men Young, soulful trip-hop duo Sleepless Inn, metal-pop-raunch-rock quartet Odd Hours and NuDisco-dashed funktionalists Johnny Headband. We’re very humbled and excited to have all of these musicians performing for the cause."

HID- Will you be doing any more events like this in the future?
Jeff Milo- "Possibly! Maybe we could make this an annual thing? We’re hoping a lot of people show up and show some love for the library, that’s all I can say for now."

HID- Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Jeff Milo- "Property tax revenues (to services like this library) really took a hit after the 2008 recession and we (like many) are still digging our way back up. But that’s the reason we’ve had to reduce hours, since more than 80% of our budget comes from those very same tax revenues (…as they say, a library isn’t actually free…) So events like these, a benefit concert, are more important than ever, given the painfully slow rate of the economy’s recovery. We are inexpressibly thankful for anyone who steps up to show some support for the library. It means a lot to us, especially with how hard we work to truly engage, enrich and connect with this community."


The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale and the fundraiser will start at 8 p.m. If you would like to keep up with events like these, make sure to visit the library's website here, they have all sorts of events for children and for the child within all of us. 


~S

Open a book, start a revolution

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week at Always Brewing Detroit this Tuesday, September 23rd from 5 to 7 p.m. Proprietor Amanda Brewington, in cooperation with the American Library Association @ Wayne Student Chapter, will host a banned book-themed open mic night. Bring your favorite banned book and share an excerpt with a captive audience of future librarians and caffeine addicts. Started in 1982 by the American Library Association, BBW "highlights the value of free and open access to information". Click here to check out the top ten challenged books, by year.


~KT

Friday, September 19, 2014

An Interview with Steven David Tuthill of The Beggars

This Saturday, September 20th Detroit's own The Beggars are taking over The Magic Bag in Ferndale and dropping a self titled album. This band is as rock and roll as they come, their stage show is memorizing and their music is phenomenal. I had a great time dancing during their set at Pig & Whiskey and can personally say that anyone who comes out to see them play this Saturday is in for a great time. Pretty Ghouls and After Dark Amusement Park are opening the show and it is only $10 to get in the door.

We had a chance to talk to front mad Steven David Tutthill. Check out what he has to say, listen to their latest single here, and head out to the show this Saturday.

HID- The Beggars are as well know for their stage show as they are for their music. How would you describe the stage show in only three words?
Steven David Tuthill- "Cure Your Rock-a-tidus"

HID- Is it true that you are a former pro wrestler? If so what was your wrestling name and why?
SDT- "It's true! I did wrestle professionally in the mid-late 1990s. However I dropped out of The NWA Michigan School of Professional Wrestling. My name was Sinsational Steve (Morrison) given to me by present day Pistons Assistant Coach Chuck Klask."

HID- Where did you record the new album? What is the most ridiculous story from the making of the recording?
SDT- "The Loft in Saline, MI w/ Andy Patalin. It's on a horse farm... really great atmosphere... of course this was during the Polar Vortex. Eddie Spaghetti and Tony Maisano produced it... we had a great team working on this."

HID- Tell us about your new music video for "Your Love Will Rot My Brain", directed by Drew Podgorski of Please Don't Change.
SDT- "The new video is for our single "Your Love Will Rot My Brain" was done at Ron Rose Milagro and is directed by Drew Podgorski (Please Don't Change), Art Director Glenn Parsons (Seasame Street). It was a blast shooting it... Drew and I have been buds (both wrote separate songs titled "Stop, Drop, Rock and Roll") for years and we finally got to join forces and do something cool. We shot the whole thing in 45 Action Packed minutes...worked out well. Really proud of the video and it will debut Saturday night."

HID- Where did you get that hair?
SDT- "This Hair was inherited from my Finish Ancestors, but I was also electrocuted (FOR REAL) while working at Legendary Mall TWELVE OAKS in 1997. It is important to use the finest "legal" hair products (I roughly spend $32.11 a Day on product)..."

HID- Why should someone come see your show this weekend?
SDT- "Saturday Night at the Magic Bag has a fantastic lineup, We are really proud of this show...PRETTY GHOULS and AFTER DARK AMUSEMENT PARK (The opening acts are so DOG-GONE GOOD!!!). We are going do what we do...Play Real Deal Fun Loving Rock and Roll. Us Beggars will give the audience an old time "not too cool for school" rock and roll party!...We even smile on stage."

HID- Worst band that you have played with?
SDT- "We have played with a lot of bands... most are tolerable to fantastic... tough question. There was one band in Madison, WI about 5 years ago called LOT 47(maybe LOT 74?)... That sucked pretty bad, a bunch of pseudo tuff dudes. They had no etiquette at all even for an outta town band (us). Fortunately we have played with a shit-ton of excellent bands and they come to mind much quicker than the few shitty ones (SHIT- Lot 64...GREAT- Colossus, The Muggs, Hotness, Duende!, High Strung...)"

HID- Funniest tour story from this summer with the Supersuckers?
SDT- "The Tour was fantastic. The Supersuckers were really good to us (Eddie even came up and sang "Your Love Will Rot My Brain" a good amount of times). We played some great and strange venues and met some kick ass Rocker Dudes and Rocker Ladies. There was a story every day... but what happens in PEKIN, ILLINOIS......"

Eddie Spaghetti and Steven
Photo By: Rock n Roll Hall of Fame photographer Bob Alford

HID- Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
SDT- "Let the Readers know that whenever the chips are down and things are looking tough... Rock n Roll will be there for them... It always will be. Sounds stupid? Maybe, but it's the truth. Little Richard is still alive and maybe we should all write him a letter to show some gratitude."


~S

Falling for Michigan: Autumn Activities in the Mitten - Part 1 of 4

After living in Chicago for a year, I realized what I missed the most about Michigan: the fall. Weather-wise, the two states aren't much different, but in Illinois, autumn is all about corn. Don't get me wrong, I love corn mazes (especially the haunted ones), but to me, the season should be all about apples, and the satisfying snap they make when you pull them from their branches.

"Upick" apple farms are as ubiquitous in northern Macomb County as Don’t Tread on Me flags, but if you live in Wayne or Oakland County, they may be harder to find. Fortunately, the Michigan Agritourism Directory has finally gone digital. You can check it out online, or download the Michigan Farm Markets Finder app. The free app is loaded with valuable information, but is limited in its searching capabilities. For instance, you can only browse by the name of the market, farm, or mill, not by what produce you want to pick.

According to Upickmichigan.com, a site that looks like it is straight out of 1997, Michigan apples are in season from mid-August until mid-November. However, certain varieties like Gala and McIntosh are best in September. Since McIntosh apples are my absolute favorite, I made the 35-mile trek out to Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill in Armada. The drive was worth it; I left the orchard with 13 apples, a half dozen donuts, and a half gallon of cider for just $15.

In addition to apples, peppers, cabbage, fall raspberries, and beans are still in season. Check out the Michigan Agritourism Directory or Upickmichigan.com to find the upick location nearest you.


~KT

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Win Tickets to Tobacco at The Loving Touch

This Saturday, September 20th Tobacco, The Stargazer Lilies and Oscillator Bug are taking over The Loving Touch  in Ferndale to scare and excite you at the same time. This isn't your typical Saturday night in Ferndale.

Thomas Fec, better known by his stage name Tobacco, is an electronic artist. He is the front-man of the band Black Moth Super Rainbow, in addition to working as a solo artist; in both settings he works most conspicuously with pre-digital electronic instruments such as analog synthesizers and tape machines. His latest music video features Eric Wareheim from Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job. Check it out here. His shows usually feature him playing along to video projections that he has created, but with Tabacoo you never really know what to expect.  

The show starts at 8 p.m. and it's $15 to get in the door. You can purchase tickets in advance here.  You can also enter to win a set of tickets courtesy of The Loving Touch (Pulp Detroit) and hipindetroit.com. To enter, please email your full name and the name of the show you would like to attend to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw one winner the morning of the show and send them details on how to claim their prize. 



~S

Celebrate 15 Years of Small's This Weekend!

It's no secret that Small's is one of our favorite bars around, and we don't think that we're alone on this one. The drinks are cheap and strong, they have some of the best shows, the space itself is awesome, and the staff is made up of some of the best people in Detroit. What's not to love? Whether it was for a show or just to grab a drink or two in the middle of the week, we can't say that we have ever had a bad time there. 

Small's has a big anniversary coming up this weekend. It has been 15 years since this great bar and venue opened its doors and they are celebrating in a big way. The official anniversary party is this Saturday, but they have a couple of other nights of partying planned to lead up to the big bash. First up, on Thursday night Frantic Flinstones will be hitting the stage all the way from Germany with Elvis Hitler and B7 Bombers. Then, Friday night you can dance the night away at a Depeche Mode Tribute edition of Thirst Wave. Then the real party happens Saturday night with Speedball, Against the Grain, and Her Dark Host

In honor of this big anniversary and to get ready for a weekend of partying we caught up with the man behind the bar, Mike Mouyianis. Mike is the owner of Small's, has been a huge part of the Detroit music scene for years, and is one of the best guys we know. Check out what he had to say about the bar, the business, and this weekend's festivities. 

Photo Credit: Camera Jesus aka Joe Gall
Left to Right- Melody Malosh, Sadie Q, Mike Mouyianis
HID- It has been 15 years since Small's opened. What made you want to open a bar & venue? And why did you pick Hamtramck?
Mike- "Well it was open and for sale, my friends Jeff King and Parry Lavoisne owned it along with Amir Daiza. We had been in the process of running and buying Alvins for years. I always liked Small's so when it came up for sale we grabbed it. It was a lot easier deal than the crap we were going through at Alvins."

HID- Did you think Small's would be around this long? 
Mike- "I never really thought of how long we would do this, it just keeps going."

HID- You guys have hosted a lot of shows over the years. What was your favorite show so far? 
Mike- "Alkaline Trio was awesome and the first surprise Eagles of Death Metal was great. It's hard to pick, but probably Turbonegro."

HID- What was the worst show? 
Mike- "Worst show, the ones that don't draw and even though there's not many people somebody decides to be an a-hole. Insert various shows here."

HID- What is the best part about owning your own bar? 
Mike- "Being your own boss is the best about owning. For years I made other people money doing shows and events." 

HID- What's the worst part? (Is it cleaning the bathrooms? Because I feel like that would be pretty high on the list.) 
Mike- "Yea cleaning and repairing other people's messes sucks."

HID- Tell us about the craziest night ever at Small's. 
Mike- "Any of those previous shows mentioned, throw in Melvins shows and the first time we did a Bang Bang Reunion, that show was fucking nuts."

HID- You guys have been putting on some awesome monthly events lately, Thirst Wave and Industrial's Not Dead. What made you guys want to start hosting these parties? Do you plan to continue doing them? 
Mike- "Thirst Wave came about from Kat Paled and myself sitting around thinking of events. She had just left City Club. I asked if she thought we could make a night like that work here, we are doing at least one of the 2 nights weekly now and on weekend nights. A lot of people got tired of partying in a dumpster was the quote I heard. So yea, we will def continue doing these nights. We were jam packed last NYE. We're doing Halloween, night before and after Thanksgiving, and NYE again, along with our weekly thing. This weekend were doing Thirst Wave on Friday and it's a Depeche Mode tribute night, gonna be some giveaways all night. Expect a lot of dancing, drinking, and great DJs, Pleasure Kitten, Aaron Hingst and Scary Guy doing video sets."

HID- Coming up this weekend you have a pretty awesome bash planned for your anniversary. Why did you pick the bands you did? What can people coming to the show expect? 
Mike- "Saturday is gonna be loud! Speedball plays once or maybe twice a year and never disappoints. Usually a lot of old friends come back around and it's a great event. ATG is one of the hardest working bands I've seen in a long time. If they could, they would tour non-stop and smile while doing it. Great band and I'm stoked they are in town for this. Her Dark Host is Bubba from Bump-N-Uglies new band. It's dark and pretty heavy. It's along the lines of Danzig, but more weed influenced and more evil."

HID- In one sentence tell us why people should come to Small's instead of any other bar in Metro Detroit. 
Mike- "Coldest beer, strongest drinks, best sound!"

HID- Do you think Small's will be around for another 15 years? 
Mike- "God I hope not."

HID-  Anything else you would like our readers to know???
Mike- "Gonna be a fun week with Frantic Flinstones, Thirst Wave, Speedball and Tuesday is the Biters. Hope to see you all at one, 2, 3, or all of these events."


Cover for Saturday's show is only $10 at the door or you can save yourself a buck and pick tickets up ahead of time here for $9. Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. Make sure you get there early! We mean it when we say that you won't want to miss anyone on this bill! For more info on all of the events going on this weekend and to pick up tickets, head over to SmallsBarDetroit.com.

We'd like to thank Mike, Natalie, and everyone at Small's for running such an awesome venue. Congratulations on 15 years and (even though Mike might not want to see it happen) here's to 15 more! Cheers!


~C

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Win Tickets to The Life and Times at The Loving Touch

The Life and Times are currently on tour in support of their latest album Lost Bees and this week they will stopping in Ferndale to play The Loving Touch. The band is from Kansas and has been playing together since 2003. They are usually described s being alternative or playing space rock. They will be playing this Friday, September 19th with Deleted Scenes, an art rock band from Washington, D.C. They are on tour in support of their latest album Lithium Burn. Deleted Scenes combines elements of rock, punk, avant-guarde, pop, noise, psych, math rock, and Americana. Both bands are unique and worth checking out.

Tickets for the show are only $10 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have one set of tickets to give away to one lucky winner. If you would like to be considered to win these tickets please email your full name and the name of the band to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw a winner the morning of the show and send them details on how to claim their prize. The show starts at 8 p.m. and The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale., Michigan.



~S

Check out Ron Allen and Rosa Parks Boys this Saturday

This weekend check out an amazing new space in Detroit while seeing an awesome musician and a skate board legend. Ron Allen a.k.a. McIntelligence will be at Rosa Parks Boys for a night of music and skating.

Let's start out by telling you about Rosa Parks Boys. This new venue in Detroit is an art space, theatre, and skate park all in one. It was started by a group of skaters that live in Detroit on Rosa Parks, that have a true passion for the city and for skating. They transformed a building into what looks to be an amazing place. Check out this video that The Skateboard Mag made about Rosa Park Boys, it shows the venue and passion behind it in a much more effective way than we can describe it in words.


Ron Allen is best known for being a professional skateboarder. He is considered the first African American professional skateboarder and he has been at it for decades now. On top of skating, he is also a musician. He has performed in a number of bands in the past (mainly jazz), but is currently working on a solo project, McIntelligence. Check out one of his latest tracks below. 

Ron is doing a small tour in support of his new project, with stops in New York, D.C. and Detroit. It is being called the #Neverstopped Tour and it is stopping here this Saturday, September 20th. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. but there will also be skating before hand, plus space is tight so you better get there early! This show is being presented by Pigeon Skateshop, Motor City Brewing Works, H-Street Skateboards and, of course, the Rosa Parks Boys. Admission is free. For more info on this great event, click here


~C

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Win Tickets to Limp Bizkit with Machine Gun Kelly!

Fifteen years ago I fought through crowds in downtown Pontiac to try get into the Seventh House to see Limp Bizkit play for free,  there was literally a riot on the streets. This band was so huge that they caused people to fight and cops to gas the crowd to get them under control. Fred Durst was known for hooking up with some of the most famous women in Hollywood and talking shit every time he got on stage. This was one of the first bands to use the term Nu Metal and establish this type of sound as a new genre of music. Then, all of the sudden they just sort of faded away.

But, nothing good every disappears forever. The band is back in full force to reclaim their crown.  They have recently released a track called "Endless Slaughter" and promised fans a whole album in the near future. Before they release the album they are taking their act on tour across the U.S. with none other than Machine Gun Kelly. This is one of those shows that I want to attend just o see what happens. Will Fred Durst still be a bad ass on stage? Will they sound good? Will I like the new music? One thing is for sure, no matter what happens it will be interesting to see it in person.

Limp Bizkit and Machine Gun Kelly will take over The Fillmore in Detroit on October 3rd. Tickets for the show range from $50-$65 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have two sets of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Live Nation Detroit. To enter to win these tickets, email your full name and the name of the band that you want to see to hipindetroit@gmail.com. We will draw the winners a few days before the show and email them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck!


~S

Pulp Culture throws a Masquerade

 
This Saturday, September 20th Pulp Culture is throwing a masquerade. I am always intrigued when bands go out of their way to do something outside of the box. I like when a band adds in an extra element to give us more for our money and make sure that we leave having had an experience, not just having attended another show. I love the idea of a masquerade, it's a way to hide behind a mask and let your true colors show at the same time. The best part is that you do not need to go out and buy a mask to participate in this masquerade, everyone will be able to be part of the fun as the band is handing out the masks at the door and including it in your ticket price. They are also planning to do some giveaways, debut a new light display, and make sure that as many people as possible walk away with a download of their new music. They plan to show you a  one of a kind experience and leave you wanting more. 

Pulp Culture has recruited Beast in the Field, Not Blood Paint, and The Midfield to play alongside them this Saturday at St. Andrew's Hall. It promises to be a interesting night full of fun, mystery and music. Check out what Alex Brown from Pulp Culture had to say and head out to the show this weekend if you like what you hear. 

HID- What kind of new lighting equipment do you have and how is this going to change your live show?
AB- "Andrew is going to kill me for divulging this because it’s still under wraps; he won’t even show us pictures. The scheme is pretty intense.
Our friend, Joseph Mellon, has a lot of experience welding. He and some friends have a little freecycling project, re-purposing scraps they find here and there downtown. Essentially we are creating a multi-special effects tower with four tiers, wrapped in stainless steel, with vents and pipes for fog machines, bubble machines, lasers, light cans, and a Jacob’s ladder tesla coil atop the entire thing. It will stand just over six feet, and he tells me the top is going to rotate.
The way he is talking about it makes it sound like we are adding another member to the band, so yeah, it’s definitely going to bring a lot more visually to our live show."
HID- What kind of Handmade masks will you be giving away at the show? Did you make them yourselves?
AB- "Paper mache masks are not very hard to make. We are presently in the process of finishing our first batch, and they are going to be badass! Keep in mind we have to make about 600 of them, so the designs are going to be relatively simple. We have borrowed some fan faces to mold plaster casts; this process only requires plaster gauze and a participant willing to subject themselves to 40 minutes of sensory deprivation. From the plaster cast we use PVA glue and gesso to seal the paper machete. Then they dry to be painted. Some artists, including the Armageddon Beach Party collective and Becca Stroster are going to help us paint separate series’ of masks that coordinate with the puzzle we designed for the event. People can get picture updates of the mask-making process on our Instagram @PulpCultureOfficial."
HID- Why did you decide to make it a masquerade party?
AB- "The masked gala event is something that communicates a confusion of identity. There is a certain thrill people get in maintaining anonymity in public places. In many ways the fun of a masquerade is in the disorientation of it. We feel that the question of identity has a lot to do with the charity that we are donating to for suicide prevention. Also, our good friends in Not Blood Paint have a history of sporting very theatrical performances and costumes. We decided that a masquerade would be very fitting for their time with us in Detroit."
HID- How many digital downloads of your album will you be giving away?
AB- "Presently I have about 80 download stickers available, so while supplies last we will be giving them away. Our album can be streamed for free online, but this gives our attendees a chance to bring something physical home and hold close to them at night."
HID- Why did you decide to donate some of the proceeds to suicide prevention?
AB- "Manic depression is hell. Suicide is no solution for that. I would never call suicide an act of weakness, but to commit suicide is definitively to concede short of the ability to live. It reflects the spirit of someone giving up, mustering all of their will into nothingness. Committing suicide requires more of the world than someone can understand at the mercy of their depression. Even one noble act of reaching out can turn a whole life around, and resources to do so can be made more prevalent through the programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year, Jake’s father submitted to depression. Just a month ago, a friend of my family committed suicide. Now, Robin Williams has passed, and it is obvious that the social awareness of suicide prevention is significant to our country and the way people treat mental illness. This cause is one of the most important things we have ever supported."
HID- Why did you choose Beast in the Field to play this show with you?
AB- "First we booked the Dillinger Escape Plan, but they were planning on coming off of tour with NIN and Soundgarden and would need us to provide backline for an isolated date, which made them exceedingly expensive. After contacting every national agent we could find, we decided it would be cost effective and helpful to their hometown to book a well-known local group that was preparing for the tour. As a strong recommendation from Chad Nicefield of Wilson, we pitched the concert to Against the Grain, striking a deal to have them headline and kick off their tour with Guttermouth.
With just a month and a half, the event was confirmed through Live Nation, so we started promoting and played five shows around Southeast Michigan, opening for Patrick Sweany at Magic Stick, hitting the New Way Bar in Ferndale, dealing with heat exhaustion at the Last Erection of the Hegelian Monolith Festival in Lincoln St. Art Park, and finally braving the floods to play the Diesel Lounge.
After all the rain we got word from Against the Grain that their studio flooded. So they told us they were unable to perform at St. Andrew's with us. With no available acts to fill in the slot and time slipping away, we motioned to reschedule the event with the possibility of having to pay even more fees through cancellation.
As the rescheduling was about to be finalized, an e-mail came from Jamie of Beast in the Field and the band was added to the bill in time to have the show go on as planned. Personally, I am even more excited to play with Beast in the Field than I was to play with Against the Grain, but that’s just me: I really fucking like doom metal."
HID- Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
AB- "Chocolate covered pretzels are a scam, people. You know that the Flipz pretzels are straight enriched flour and corn syrup. I used to be addicted to MSG via Flaming Hot Cheetohs too, but wake up; Frito-Lay and PepsiCo want your blood! Also, I want to remind everyone reading that I wasn't responsible for the goat sacrifice in the Russell Industrial Center last week, but you can see me naked at the Russell Bazaar on the first weekend of every month, making pithy frog sacrifices to the eternal spirit of John William Murray (then I cook the frog legs in typical Detroit fashion; it’s delicious).
Lastly, please come to the Motor City Masquerade at St. Andrew’s Hall on Sept. 20th! This event is raising awareness for suicide prevention at the benefit of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and it’s going to be a great show."

Doors for this event are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19 in advance and can be purchased here. We also have a spot on the guest list with a plus one to giveaway to one lucky fan. To enter to win FREE admission to the masquerade, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with Masquerade in the subject. We will draw a winner a few days before the show and give them details on how to claim their prize.

St. Andrew's is located at 431 E. Congress Detroit, Michigan.



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