Two years is too long to wait for another Hold Steady album, but come May 4th, the wait will be over. Fans had been teased for some months after a video of a new song popped up on YouTube titled “Heaven Is Whenever”— now titled “We Can Get Together”— but then the internet went silent. That was until word had spread That Franz Nicolay had left the band, devastating news that left the band significantly less mustachioed. Read More…
We’ve had the Top Five @ 5 intro for years now. Did you know where that theme originally comes from?
The version we use can be heard on Pharaoh Monch’s album Internal Affairs. The track is called “Simon Says”.
But, Happy Hour contributor and all-around swell guy Jon pointed out that Pharaoh Monch actually sampled for that song, too. The original original is from the film Godzilla. It is simply called Godzilla’s Theme, and it was composed by Akira Ifukube.
Field Music recently came through Detroit in support of their latest album, Field Music (Measure). The Impact was on location to sit down with Dave and Peter Brewis and talked with the brothers about classic rock radio, the benefit of physical music, and recording neo-classical albums with Talk Talk. Nick VanHuis: In music right now, there’s a lot of people trying to sound retro, and I feel like you guys achieve this without it being forced. David Brewis: One of the things about the way we record things, is that we can only do them one way because we have rubbish equipment, limited resources. We learned how to play drums, we learned how to play guitar, and that’s what we want to do. Peter Brewis: There are a lot of things about modern recording techniques that I don’t particularly like. It’s not so much that I want to sound like an old record, but it’s more that there’s such a suffocating quality in new recordings, which I don’t like. I like to hear space, and as soon as you do that, it automatically sounds a little bit like a Led Zeppelin record. DB: That’s what we listen to, that’s what we basically listen to to get us through the day when we’re driving; we listen to classic rock. It’s pointless listening to Talk Talk, cause you can’t hear it. PB: Queen, ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith. DB: It’s just like, let’s get stuff on that feels good, sounds good, we can sing along to. We have good fun. We don’t get classic rock stations in the UK, so we just flick around and it’s hilarious most of the time. If we do tours longer than 2 or 3 weeks… PB: We get sick of listening to Chicago. Read More…
If you’re looking for something to do this week, Free Energy will be playing a show at the Majestic Cafe in Detroit on Thursday. The Impact will be there, so we’ll have a rundown of the show and some pictures to share.
We also caught up with them at SXSW last month, so you can get to know them a little bit better before checking out the show!
Winston Audio recently stopped at Mac’s Bar on their tour with Death On Two Wheels (and, coincidentally, will be back in Pontiac at the Pike Room on April 29), and came into the Impact Studios to share some tunes and chat with Mike Weber.
Mike Weber: So, “Winston Audio”, how did you choose that name?Daniel DeWitt: The founding member, and namer of the band, who’s not with in the band anymore, he told me that his dog, Winston, really liked to change the stations on the radio. If he didn’t like a song, Winston would change the station on the radio. That’s it.
So, the Impact is presenting The Apples in Stereo @ The Pike Room in Pontiac on April 28th! We’re giving away a bunch of fun stuff, including tickets to the show and copies of their latest album, Travellers in Space and Time. We’ll also be taping the show at the venue, so we’ll have awesome video on our YouTube channel before you know it!
Let us know if you see these posters hanging around Lansing, and come hang out with the Impact at the show!
Matt Pond PA dropped by our studio for an interview!
Recently, Rocky Votolato visited the great city of Lansing, MI while on tour in support of his most recent album, True Devotion. He stopped by the Impact studios to sit down with Jesse Wiza and talked about the album, his favorite places to play, and the resurgence of vinyl. Jesse Wiza: Is there a particular part of the country that you really like going to? Rocky Votolato: Well, I like the west coast, because it’s close to home. But yeah, just the whole west coast is really good for me. I’ve got good crowds over there and a lot of really excited fans. But yeah, I love going all over the country. I really like coming to Michigan, I’ve got some good friends here in town. Read More…