Spend your weekend at the Blind Pig. Friday night, there’s a release party for the intricate space-rock and dark dream-pop glides of Fallow Land, and the next day you barrel yourself over a waterfall of wonderful rock, jazz, Afrobeat and funk with Jive Colossus and Chirp.
First, I wanna tell you about Fallow Land.
Music can be a guide. It can be meditative. It can help you exorcise demons. Such was the case with the beautifully haunting emissions of Pinscher, coming from Michigan native Whit Fineberg. After this Ann Arbor musician found himself transplanted into the Chicago scene, he suffered the death of a close friend at the tail-end of already breaking up not just a previous band, but also a prior relationship.
The lyrics you’re hearing on Pinscher are sung softly and melodically, but there’s a lot of turmoil and restlessness sutured in; there’s also perseverance. Fineberg basically spent his first year in Chicago recording everything that came to his mind (or from his heart), but the shape of Fallow Land didn’t take form until he met up with another local musician, Evan Veasey, upon one of his returns to Ann Arbor. It’s those evocative guitars that Veasey contributes to these ebullient and emotional arrangements. The band was completed as a quartet by Armand Terrell and Caelin Amin, recording a first single and hitting the road for tours through several midwest cities. Elements of snappy funk and heady post-rock meld together to create a sense of firmament under the more frustrated/existential fits of the lyrics.
Another aspect of Pinscher’s dazzling impact comes from the meeting-of-minds in the studio, High Bias in Detroit, where Fineberg had a chance to convene with an Ann Arbor favorite, singer/songwriter Chris Bathgate. It was Bathgate who would challenge Fineberg to contemplate the meaning, the message, the impact of each song, before pressing record. That urgency and consideration shows on this EP, eventually engineered by Chris Koltay.
See Fallow Land (Fineberg and Veasey) live, this Friday, at the Blind Pig, with Parkway & Columbia, Swordfish, and Bad Television.
And then on Saturday…
Chirp is gonna be doing their groove-tastic trips at the Blind Pig, joined by Jive Colossus!
These are two Ann Arbor powerhouses, masterful and maneuverable and mighty in the party-starting department. Chirp is a fusion rock band that can go from anything like grunge to prog, or indie-funk to even some spacey, smoky blues. Jive Colossus is a horn-driven 9-pice ensemble inclined toward Afrobeat, stellar jazz, danceable R&B & Caribbean grooves, and even a bit of soul, calypso, reggae… I feel like if you’re looking for any genre that energizes a body-audience into a fun/trance-like movement, a celebratory kinetic spell-casting, then THESE two bands are throwing it all into the sonic stew. Lansing’s “astral-nebula funk” and alternative reggaeton outfit Speak Easy are also on this lineup—not to be missed!
Chirp / Jive Colossus / Speak Easy – Saturday – INFO
Blind Pig – 208 S. 1st St., Ann Arbor