Michigan State University's Independent Voice Since 1909, East Lansing, MI

State News Logo

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | Last updated: 12:39am


  • Facebook Logo
  • Twitter Logo
  • RSS Feed Logo
  • Email Signup Logo


Recent Content


  • ASMSU looks to allocate $100,000 for February concert

    Posted 7 hours ago

    ASMSU’s finance committee approved a bill Oct. 16, to be voted on by the general assembly this Thursday, to hold a concert in February for MSU students. More »


  • Despite being widely despised, parking services offers help to motorists in a pinch

    Posted 7 hours ago

    The Parking Office also provides free gallons of gas to cars that have run out on campus, will jump start cars with dead batteries and change flat tires. More »


  • Lansing-based band with MSU alumni members signed to record deal

    Posted 7 hours ago

    MSU ALUMNIKevin Pritchard (bass player): 2010 business management degreeRick Hale (drummer): Creative writing degree in 2011 Aaron Stinson (saxophone player): civil engineering degree in 2011None actually from Lansing…it’s just a good, centralized location for them to set their roots down Micah, Joe, Ryan all went to Central Michigan together Kevin met Joe for the first time in his attic doing a video shoot…Joe convinced our guitarist Ryan, to play with him for that videoKevin was playing in different band with his drummer at time, Joe was looking for background band…we jumped on board, Micah came shortly after on the keys and we just keep accidently adding members…it just keeps growing Band has been around since 2011…hard to timeline everything It was called Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers in Spring of 2011When we joined, it was a total joke….there’s some promo videos before Micah that are really ridiculous and funny (doing the weirdest things we could think of, and it kept working sort of…) We played in now what is the entryway of the Loft…one of our first Lansing gigs…we were supposed to be an acoustic act "We're essentially a combination of all the quality music that has come out of Michigan, blended into one genre that I don't know how to explain." –Kevin Lots of times, bands will get a record deal essentially where they lock themselves into a contract for like five albums with a label and the label has a lot of creative control and is able to dictate how/when songs are made, approval on what songs are good, etc. There’s obviously a flip side because you get more money A distribution deal allows a lot more flexibility and more creative control on our part. We are still going to own all of our music, it won’t be owned by a label. We still get the support of a label in terms of releasing it (online) and making the actual copies that we will be selling at shows and stuff like that It’s going to be a huge help to have their support, but we will still own our music, which is important to us. We definitely had the record done…our manager told us there was some interest from Universal Music called Bad Mascot that was just starting up (13:48)"We get to be part of the professional network, which is really going to help us out. We can tour cities that we have never played before with some credibility, and our record will get pushed through these channels that we didn't have access to before." –Pritchard Hopefully the record will be released in November….we are going to “hit hard” the local scene in October and November…that’s the sort of showing the new side of the band. It’s really announcing our album that will come out…we have sort of been in purgatory for a long time, that’s why we are playing at the loft. There’s a lot of shows coming up in November. “We are all kind of looking at this like if there’s ever a time for us to do this, we are going to do it now. We are going to make this the primary focus.”New album called Terra Incognita“What I like about this band is that everyone is a specialist in some aspect of music production and I can call on them when I need their help on specific things, and they will just knock it out of the park.”- Kevin “So it’s very collaborative, but everyone has their role for sure.”There’s kind of some overarching themes…life, love, and death. What I think is cool about it, is I think people will take away slightly different themes on it…it’s all your own personal interpretation, but in my mind, it’s just a life and death story from beginning to end….Joe didn’t even realize that when I brought it up to him. “I think there’s a lot of different ways to interpret the three themes of life, love, and death”-KevinThe live show is about enjoyment; we just want to make everyone have the best time they possibly can.As Joe would say, it’s all about the audience and the performers communicating together. It’s all about the interaction that makes the show great otherwise we are just a bunch of dudes playing on a stage, which isn’t that exciting. Played in basement of Snyder-Phillips, too many co-ops to count, Dublin Square, Harper’s, Mac’s Bar“If there’s a place that had music in Lansing, we probably played there.”Where we came from…the “I think we might be joking, but oh, turns out we are actually serious”, I think we kept the better aspects of that….in that everything still goes with an idea…we will try pretty much anything and if people like it and it’s successful, we will probably do it again. I feel like a lot of bands don’t experience with that kind of stuff…we aren’t afraid to go outside of our own box….all of our best ideas are the ones that we thought were terrible! Joe Hertler…Graduated in 2013 from CMU, Has a teaching degree (singer and guitarist for band)I was a soloist song writer for a while….and Kevin at the time was working with this collective out of Lansing….they were called Bigger Brush Media and kind of the first project they did was called the Quilted Attic session and didn’t know Rick or Kevin at the time and they brought him in because Joe started hanging out with their friends…Quilted Attic Session= Live video series that highlighted various Michigan songwriters in an intimate attic like setting….I got lucky and mine came out first. So it kind of kicked everything off and I got a little bit of local momentum, which made the coming together of the bad a little bit easier Joe got booked for this festival in Ypsilanti on New Years and the band that Kevin and Rick were in at the time…they got booked as wellCoincidentally it was their last show because their lead singer was going out to LA to pursue musicWe got a hotel together…since they were going to be there too and we had been hanging out a bit. They were like, “hey, want us to back you up on this one?”I had always really wanted to play at Mitten Fest, it was a big deal at the time for them too and so we just practiced in the days prior…most of the practicing happened in the hotel room. Kevin playing ukulele as a bass…It was such a joke at the time We were pretty horrible but it was a lot of fun….him, Kevin, Rick, and Ryan (who Joe went to school with and had been friends with at CMU)…all of the original members are still in the band Ryan was in a popular bar band in Mt. Pleasant and they started hanging out but at that time, Ryan and Joe had been playing together…he was backing him up on organ and some other random instruments Mitten Fest…Ryan started playing the guitar Mitten Fest= New Years Even going into 2011“In the very beginning, there weren’t any expectations and it was just a super fun time. Getting a record deal never really crossed our minds but the opportunity just kind of came along to work with something bigger." –Hertler “At that point, I think we all felt creatively fulfilled in the roles that we had. We love the communal aspect of music and I think all of us really see music as being the way we most effectively communicate." –Hertler Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Detroit area…they were much smaller shows at the time and we didn’t have that promote your shows “zest” at the time…it was more like call your friends and hope they show up and a lot of times they did! They really were self released….released them under Bigger Brush Media (we basically were Bigger Brush Media)I think all of us feel there are some songs that have potential but it will really help us to take this project up to the next level."We're right at that edge of being able to jump off and hopefully support ourselves. Ultimately we want to do what we love, make art, and try to be as honest with it as we can. You know, you just cross your fingers as tight as you can and hope it works out." –Hertler More »


  • Police swarm area after shot was fired during argument Friday

    Posted 10 hours ago

    East Lansing police responded to a shots fired call on Ann Street between late Friday night and early Saturday morning, and took four suspects into custody. More »


  • Muslim Students' Association from MSU, U-M join for Eid al-Adha Celebration

    Posted 10 hours ago

    Students from Muslim Students' Association of MSU and U-M joined to celebrate the Muslim feast, Eid al-Adha , which is one of the major holidays in Islam. More »


  • New dean of College of Veterinary Medicine aims to improve technology, facilities

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Four months into his term as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, John Baker is making impressions and making technology and renovations a priority. More »


  • Posted 14 hours ago

    Dr. John Baker, MAES Acting Director More »


  • Posted 14 hours ago

    Detroit resident and Wayne State University student Aya Elsherif, right, hugs friend and computer science sophomore Lama Aboubakr, left, Oct. 18, 2014, during the Muslim Student Association's celebration of Eid Al Adha at the MSU Union. The association collaborated with the University of Michigan's association to celebrate Eid Al Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, which is one of the major religious holidays celebrated by Muslims annually. Erin Hampton/The State News More »


  • Volleyball freshman setter Rachel Minarick named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Freshman setter Rachel Minarick was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her efforts against M... More »


  • Four takeaways from MSU football's 56-17 win over Indiana on Saturday

    Posted 11 hours ago

    By Robert Bondyrbondy@statenews.comNo. 8 MSU flaunted its muscles on Saturday, reeling off 42 unanswered points to beat Indiana, 56-17, from Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.MSU now turns its focus to Michigan this week, as the Wolverines travel to Spartan Stadium on Saturday. More »


  • Offense finally catches up to elite defense for men's soccer

    Posted 11 hours ago

    With the season slowly drawing to a close, the men’s soccer team (9-2-2 overall, 3-1-1 Big Ten)has picked the right time to get its offense going. The MSU offense is finally playing at the same level as the defense that grabs most of the headlines for the Spartans. More »


  • Young players saw playing time during MSU volleyball's weekend sweep over Maryland and Rutgers

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Two games against struggling opponents afforded the volleyball team time to give some of its younger players minutes over the weekend. More »


  • Posted 11 hours ago

    More »


  • Security on 'Batman v Superman' set was too strict, inconvenient

    Posted 11 hours ago

    We don't need to remind you of the frenzy surrounding the Broad museum. More »


  • Moderation key for both partying and Netflix binges

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Growing up, I always thought college would be a non-stop party. More »


  • Holy Batman, Spartans

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Hollywood came to campus last week with the filming of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.' East Circle Drive was blocked off and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum was barricaded off. But that didn't deter starstruck students. More »


  • Posted 11 hours ago

    More »


  • Puzzle solution for October 21, 2014

    Posted 12 hours ago

    Caption data More »


  • Posted 10/18/14 1:23am

    Police officers respond to a shots fired complaint Oct. 18, 2014, on Abbot Road near Fern Street. Erin Hampton/The State News More »


  • Posted 14 hours ago

    Criminal justice senior Joseph Sears files a parking ticket for a vehicle on Oct. 17. 2014, at the MSU Police Department parking lot. Raymond Williams/The State News More »





Print Edition
front page More Print Editions

The State News is published by the students of Michigan State University. State News, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation.

Its current 990 tax form is available for review upon request at 435 E. Grand River Avenue during business hours.