Jeremy Porter & the Tucos / David Bierman Overdrive / the Plurals / Nick Piunti
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am
Jeremy Porter & The Tucos are a rock and roll band from Detroit, Michigan. They sound like guitars and whiskey, hooks and heartache, energy and passion. You’ll find everything from Cheap Trick to Gram Parsons, Hüsker Dü to Uncle Tupelo, Merle Haggard to Ted Nugent on their turntables. The racket they make is a little bit of each. It’s Detroit rock and roll, even if Detroit isn’t quite ready for it.
Jeremy Porter grew up in Marquette, a small town in Michigan’s upper peninsula, where he was a founding member of one of the UP’s first punk bands – The Regulars. He moved to Detroit and tore through the 90s and 00s fronting bands like SlugBug, The OffRamps and Fidrych (as well as a solo stint) though 2 decades of recording and touring before forming The Tucos in 2009. Gabriel Doman (Hotwalls) and Patrick O’Harris (Mike Hard Band, Sons of the Gun) round out the trio.
David Bierman was lead singer of Detroit’s Junk Monkeys, a seminal alt-rock band that released several albums in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. Their last two releases on Metal Blade/Warner Bros, Five Star Fling and Bliss, both featured “hook-laden power pop/punk inspired by ’70s legends like Cheap Trick, Big Star and the Flamin’ Groovies.” (allmusic.com)
MusicHound’s Rock: The Essential Album Guide called 1992’s Bliss, “One of the best guitar-pop releases in a decade rife with great ones.”
But the band, and Bierman, essentially closed shop in 1994. Until now.
David Bierman Overdrive, then, is a welcome surprise from a Detroit rocker who’s been silent for 20 years before wandering into Ferndale’s Tempermill Studios earlier this year with a handful of songs, and an impressive band ready to help bring them to life.
“I sent some pretty rough-sounding demos to friends I really wanted to play with, and hoped they’d be into it. Luckily for me, they all were.” Bierman said. “We kept it really loose and just let each song follow its course.”
The eleven songs on the upcoming release, Standard Skies, range from Bierman’s former hard pop-rock territory to country soul and even a few sweet ballads. Think “Ryan Adams sitting in with The Replacements and Elvis Costello in a dank Detroit basement.”
“For me, it felt like the right time in my life to turn music from the past tense to the present tense. They’re songs that feel warm and familiar. Like old tunes that I just uncovered,” he said. “It’s sort of my take on classic rock…the good parts, at least.”
The Plurals are three longtime friends (Nich, Hattie, and Tommy) that live in Lansing, MI and have been touring and putting out records of punky, fuzzy, melodic midwestern rock and roll since 2007. They all sing and write songs, they love to play shows, they’ve released three albums (2008’s “Whatevers Forever,” 2011’s “The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective,” and 2015’s “An Onion Tied To My Belt”), several EPs, and they’d love to come to your town.
Nick Piunti began his “career” in Music at a Sixth grade talent show with his first band Dwarf. That lasted amazingly until they were 26. Years of studio work and several missed oppportunities suprisingly did little to stop Nick from writing, recording, writing, recording, repeating, etc. Well, there was something that finally took precedence, marriage and family. But after a few years Nick found his way back into the studio and released his first complete solo record in 2002. Following that release, Nick formed the band The Respectables, which released two albums, 2005’s The Respectables, 2008’s Sibley Gardens, and the ep “3” in 2010. Sibley Gardens found its way onto many “best of 2008” lists and had songs featured in the NBC drama “Mercy” and the film “Jeff Who Live’s at Home”.
In 2012 Nick headed back to Big Sky Recording with Geoff Michael to produce his next project. “13 in My Head” is the new “solo” record, slated for a June, 2013 release. The Respectables had a nice run, and prepared Nick for heading in a slightly different direction. 10 new songs, new guys to record with, and even a new writing partner in Ryan Allen (Thunderbirds Are Now, Friendly Foes, Destroy This Place). Donny Brown (The Verve Pipe) handled the drums, background vocals, and assisted in the production. A trio of bassists, Chris DuRoss (engineer, producer at Big Sky), Todd Holmes (Chris Richards and The Subractions) and Andy Reed (An American Underdog, The Verve Pipe). And of course Ryan Allen, who got the ball rolling with a couple songwriting sessions and his subsequent trips to the studio to guest on the record with both his guitar and voice.
Power Pop, Indie Rock, Dad Rock, whatever. “13 in My Head” is the record Nick wanted to make since he was 13. It just took a little while to get there.