Wild Pink

Wild Pink

Michigander (solo)

Fri. December 21

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

Wild Pink
Wild Pink
Wild Pink songwriter John Ross sings about lakes, hills and trees; moss, thickets and canopies; smoke, snow and wind. The impressionistic cover art of the band’s eponymous debut full-length (2017) depicts a serene riverbed flush with dreamy hues of purple and green. It evokes a sense of tranquility that diametrically opposes their clamorous homebase of NYC, and the record’s mostly breezy—though occasionally blustery—songset is equally uncharacteristic of the environment it was born of. It’s not that their music perpetually idles, or that’s it’s soft in a simplistic way. They just move at their own pace. A patient pace. A very deliberate pace that’s, however unintentional, at odds with both their city and their position in rock’s timeline.

On their brand new follow-up Yolk In The Fur, Wild Pink again take themselves and their listeners to a place of sonic placidity. Ross and his bandmates trade what sparing crunch they did use on Wild Pink for lush, balmy synths that lift their sound upwards and out, rather than forward and down. Any traces of slowcore and grunge are gone here, replaced by the angelic airiness of Cocteau Twins and Red House Painters, but with the modern crispness of LAKE or Japanese Breakfast. Sporadic splashes of electronic drums and emphasized basslines add fascinating new dimensions to their already-diverse palette, but no instrument or tone ever feels shoehorned in. Each part is stitched seamlessly into the other, and the band’s aptitude for unexpected changeups is only heightened with the ability to shift from artificial to natural instrumentation.

Although it’s both the shortest and most straightforward cut in the tracklist, closer “All Some Frenchman’s Joke” is a satisfying thematic knot for what Ross says is an album about “protecting something vulnerable.” “Letting go of youth after the time is due/feels like relief/like when something stuck is freed,” he sings. To call this album a maturation for Wild Pink is to not only recycle a long-frayed cliche, but to neglect the musical and lyrical wiseness they already possessed on their debut. But if Ross really did quell an existential crisis during the making of Yolk In The Fur, and managed to finally scrub the gunk clean, the fresh coat that grew back took form as one of the purest, fleeciest, most lavish rock albums of 2018.
Michigander (solo)
Michigander (solo)
Michigander (aka Jason Singer) is an indie rock act (originally formed in Kalamazoo) that has been gaining a lot of momentum after the release of his debut single "Nineties". The song has been featured on official Spotify playlists including Indie All Stars, Viral Hits, and Indie 2017 accumulating over half a million plays since its release in 2016. Although the live show and recordings consist of a full band, Michigander at its core is a solo project that has been built by Jason Singer since 2014. In April 2017 Michigander released a new single titled ‘Fears” which was premiered on DIY (UK) and featured on NPR’s World Cafe. Jason's latest single, 'Stolen' was featured on NME's New Music Monday. On top of single releases, Michigander has also recorded sessions with Audiotree, Daytrotter, and SoFar.

In the past few years, he and the band have shared bills with acts such as; Mt. Joy, Ra Ra Riot, Tokyo Police Club, Twin Peaks, and JR JR. As well as playing festivals alongside alt-J, Solange, Foster The People , Run The Jewels and Two Door Cinema Club. Michigander has toured all over the country (including a trip to SXSW) and has become a staple in the midwest.

In March 2018, Michigander released his debut EP titled “Midland”. The song Alice was premiered on NPR music.
In August of 2018, Jason released a new single and video for a new song called “Tunnel”
Venue Information:
El Club
4114 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI, 48209