Release show Saturday, January 19th at Club Underground 9pm.
By Dan Tennyson
The mark of any band worth their creative salt knows how to utilize their influences and achieve an original sound but also how not to be redundant when they capture that sound. The 3 musicians that comprise LaCrosse,WI’s Porcupine have become so adept at this skill that the recordings are both effortless to listen to but also challenge the listener in a way few rock acts are able to. It’s true that in all likelihood none of the members of Porcupine have a phone number that begins with 612, 651, 952, or 763. But the Twin Cities music scene would do well to accept and embrace this band as adoptive sons.
It’s been almost 4 years since the release of Porcupine’s last full length “The Trouble With You”. In that time they satiated appetites with “Live at the Warehouse” and a split 7” with Copenhagen duo Metal Ghost. But anyone that followed the band was intently awaiting their next complete studio recording.
“The Sensation of Being Somebody” harkens memories of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, Swervedriver, and the melancholy staccato of Midwest alt pioneers such as Jawbox and Guided By Voices. Guitarist/singer Casey Virock is able to mix his sort of sad tongue-in-cheek delivery with pop hooks and melodies. Complimented by the rhythm section comprised of David Reinders and Jeff Bahr who keep the tracks going in a way it feels like no matter the dynamic. They are going to keep poking you in the chest until you submit to at least tapping your foot, nodding your head, or — perish the thought — dance.
You’ll have a chance this Saturday to see Porcupine in two very different venues. First during the intermission between bouts of the Minnesota Roller Girls battling at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium at 8pm. Then our intrepid heroes head across the river to hold their vinyl release of “The Sensation of Being Somebody” at Club Underground with Voodoo, Handsome Midnight, and Easy Speak. Doors at 8, music at 9. 21+/$6