With the year’s biggest bar night just ahead, Stefan Paul from Melophobix and Hannah Rose Graves stopped by Local Spins on WYCE, which debuted new tracks and previewed a Christmas album by Melophobix, The Legal Immigrants and Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys.
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The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often billed as the busiest bar night of the year — and 2019’s pre-Turkey Day hoopla in Grand Rapids is even more hectic than usual.
Michigan legend Bob Seger, with The War & Treaty opening, plays a sold-out show with the Silver Bullet Band at Van Andel Arena on a Wednesday that boasts musical parties of all kinds at every watering hole imaginable.
Two of those offer up back-to-back entertainment: Grand Rapids singer Hannah Rose Graves has assembled a “musicians’ collective” evening for her traditional day-before-Thanksgiving appearance at SpeakEZ Lounge, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with Desmond Jones, Melophobix and Paddlebots revving up Elevation inside The Intersection at 9 p.m.
As Graves and Melophobix’s Stefan Paul put it, it’s a one-two punch of lively West Michigan music.
Both artists appeared in-studio for this week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE, chatting about those pre-Thanksgiving shows and their separate recording projects.
Melophobix is set to digitally release a long-awaited, full-length album, “Cage-Free,” in December, with another unique, collaborative recording project coming out that month, too: Melophobix, The Legal Immigrants and Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys have joined forces to release a “Christmas at Critter’s” holiday album featuring their renditions of a host of classic Christmas tunes.
Local Spins on WYCE this debuted one of those: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” with Gunnar Nyblad of Gunnar & The Grizzy Boys and Joe Bockheim of The Legal Immigrants trading off lead vocals, Ben Taber of The Legal Immigrants on guitar, and Stefan Paul and Scotty King from Melophobix on bass and drums, respectively.
All three bands will perform at a special “Christmas at Critters” show at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on Dec. 21, officially releasing what Paul calls “a Christmas record unlike any other.”
This week’s show also premiered the ska-fueled track, “Get Over It,” that will appear on Melophobix’s upcoming new studio album as well as new music from Leland Blue, Often Home, Roosevelt Diggs, The Lower Leisure Class and Bermudas, plus songs by Valentiger and Thirsty Perch Blues Band. Listen to the full radio show here.
PODCAST: Local Spins on WYCE (11/16/18)