RED IRON ORCHESTRA with FRIENDLY FOES and YOUR SKULL MY CLOSET at the Pike Room

SATURDAY JUNE 19
doors at 8PM
tickets: $7 at the door

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RED IRON ORCHESTRA: Red Iron Orchestra’s members are veterans of the Detroit music scene, having played in respected bands such as I The Magician, Au Revoir Borealis, Few and Far Between, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Lovesick, Hamilton, Cielos, Old Tiger Stadium and Charlevoix. Taking pieces from their past projects, they assembled in a tiny house in the north village, on the coldest day of the winter, and began crafting songs which mix the elements of post-rock and the old world feel of americana. They write songs of love and hate; songs of sorrow and hope; songs sacred and profane. They have been recording an album with Chris Koltay (Akron Family/My Morning Jacket) at High Bias Studios in Detroit, MI that is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2010.

With FRIENDLY FOES: Strip it down. Cut the fat. Verse chorus verse. No bridge? No problem.That’s it: the simplistic formula behind Friendly Foes — a pop-inspired three-piece hailing just outside of Detroit.

And YOUR SKULL MY CLOSET: These musicians had once enjoyed worldwide success in bands like Small Brown Bike, The Holy Fire, and Thoughts of Ionesco; but in Michigan, 2006 was no time for the arts. There was upheaval, a rationing of food and fuel, a lot of Republicans, stuff like that. Sean Hoen and Jeff Gensterblum lived nomadically, in the foothills.To their fortune, bassist and visual artist Chadwick Whitehead had long since escaped the impending perils of the state of Michigan. He lured the two bohemians to a Brooklyn warehouse and explained that rock n' roll was not dead. Maybe in Michigan, but not in the dirty apple. Homecoming show for these Michigan heroes.

 

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