2021 is bringing some shows! The Wild Honey Collective will be gracing The Corner of Main & Steele in Ionia, MI with a full-length set on Sunday June 13– this band has been playing virtual shows for almost a year but this is, at last, a, for real, in-person show. No cover, bring a lawn chair!
Never one to waste an opportunity to get on the road, Jeremy Porter has a run of solo dates in the Midwest from June 17-19 – Candy Coated Cannonball has been out on vinyl since the beginning of the year but just like the aforementioned Wild Honeys, this is the first chance to truly catch Jeremy playing live in support of it. Fingers crossed for Tucos shows soon!
We had a guerilla parking lot show at GTG House over Memorial Day weekend with sets by The Plurals, Marsha, and The Hunky Newcomers. We’ll be having more of these as the shows start to come back… just what we needed! But HEY – get vaccinated! We wanna keep doing this and not have anyone die! If you think you know better than medical professionals about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, look, you just don’t. It’s awesome to be part of a secret club and to feel in-control of your destiny – as a collective of punk musicians we understand that more than most – but the so-called “anti-vaxx” movement is rooted in publicity stunts by insecure celebrities for TV ratings in the 1980s and, well, we ain’t looking for answers in Al Capone’s vault are we? Anyway, get your shot, we’ll do shots, don’t be a dick, etc etc here’s some pictures (c/o Michael Boyes ‘n Danielle Gyger).
Some kinda new music! Here’s a previously unheard live recording of The Plurals at The Robin Theatre from May 4, 2019. This was the MUMBLEBEE release party and also the last full Plurals show for a good few months as Hattie was super pregnant at this show. It was a great time and we’re really happy to have a document of it. 18 tracks, lots of goofin, songs from across the Plurals catalog, plus a Cheap Trick cover. Check it out – there will be shows again!
Drinking Mercury’s self-titled second album is now available digitally. Check it out above from GTG or stream/download at any of these other soulless places where the streaming and the downloading tends to happen: Spotify iTunes Amazon YouTube
But first! The Stick Arounds are celebrating ten years as a band and they’re having a big ol’ shinding at The Avenue Cafe on Friday November 15! Joining the Sticks are GTG Family The Plurals, Jeremy Porter and the Tucos plus Detroit’s Popular Creeps!
The other release from GTG Fest weekend, here’s the debut album from Disappointed Dad! This low-key-on-the-internet-but-in-your-face-in-person quartet features members of The Plurals, The Fiction Junkies, Frank and Earnest, the Cartridge Family, Josh David and the Dream Jeans, etc etc. Here’s 10 songs mostly from the whacky mind of Josh David, filtered through open G tuned guitars and some garage rock rhythm partners. There’s a couple vaguely political and social justice songs in there too for good measure. Check it out!
5 new songs apiece from one of the longest serving GTG bands and the newest GTG band! Drinking Mercury recorded something like 17 songs at a cabin in Bitely, MI over the course of a couple trips in the last year and this split has the first batch of tunes to be released from these sessions. In addition to the advance single “The Market” the remaining four songs feature all of the group’s songwriters as well as a new arrangement of a traditional song. The rest of the songs from the cabin sessions will be out later this year! The Soods debuted earlier this year with some low-key releases but are now taking off in a big way with this release, featuring a who’s who of Grand Rapids musical talent. Members of longtime outfits Elroy Meltzer, Lazy Genius, The Howlers, and more are featured throughout and the result is a shimmery, tightly arranged batch of indie pop songs with an economy that would make Bob Pollard proud. Check out the album on our bandcamp page, stream it on Spotify, order a CD from our store… have at it!