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February 2010 Featured Band
The Static Rituals
Formed in 1996, The Static Rituals have 3 full-length albums, 2 EP's and have been on a slew of compilations. Having started as a high school trio with high-energy alternative/grunge/punk angst going on, they have gone through nearly as many transitions in sounds as they have members. Currently regulars in the mid-west, performing semi-regularly at Frankie's and Mickey Finn's in Toledo, Ohio and Founders in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the band has performed with the likes of Rye Coalition, Touch & Go Recording Artists Silkworm, Matador Artists Fuck and Sub Pop Artists Zumpano. This in contrast to opening slots at fair concerts with the likes of Eddie Money and Babe the Blue Ox. The less frequent performances now tend to be unpredictable, as you won't know how many members, special guests or even what genre of music, for that matter, will be performed in the course of their performance.
Matthew Wood - Drums
Leara Dallas - Bass/Vocals
Kevin Bodnar - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Brett R. Jan - Guitar/Vocals
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Influences: Pavement's "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain", Sex Pistols' "Nevermind the Bullocks...Here's", Guided By Voices' "Alien Lanes", Jane's Addiction's "Ritual de la Habitual", Spoon's "Telephono", Sebadoh's "Bakesale", Yo La Tengo's "Electr-O-Pura", Dinasour jr.'s "Without A Sound", Rye Coalition's "The Lipstick Game", The Halo Benders' "God Don't Make No Junk", Devo's "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo", Brainiac, The Monkees, Public Enemy, mid-90's alternative and mid-90's Sub Pop and Matador releases in general. LOCALLY: Mike Graves, Lazy American Workers, Xebec, Soledad Brothers, The Young Lords, Rocket 88, Phonix, Weeds From A Perfect Garden, Ed Shimborske, Anna's Mom, Crazy Daisies, Flutter, John Stainbrook. LOCAL PEERS: The Submarines, early Stylex, Zimmerman Twins, The Meat, Shuttlecock, A.M. Error, A Million Engines in Neutral, Gene Crawford projects, The Drawers and The Dashburns.
Sounds Like: This depends on the recording session, the line-up, the show and the amount of alcohol and inner-band member turmoil.