You know what they say: “A missed call is a missed opportunity”? Well, let’s just say that I’m really glad that Greg Norton is the kind of a guy who answers his phone. Had he not, I wouldn’t be writing about the iconically mustachioed musician. Most of you will be quite familiar with Norton who was the bassist for the influential punk rock trio out of Minneapolis–Hüsker Dü, but maybe less familiar with the band that he has just joined. Continue reading →
Porcupine has been slowly inserting itself, into the local Twin Cities music scene. If you didn’t ask, you wouldn’t know that two of them Dave Reinders (Bass) and Casey Virock (Guitar and Vocals) live and work in LaCrosse, WI., While Ian Prince (Drums) lives in Northeast Minneapolis.
That means over 3 hours of commuting for practice and for playing shows. The band has also been keeping busy, releasing new albums both on CD and Vinyl.
Slightly reminiscent of those hook-laden rev 105 indie rock songs, Porcupine’s quick and quirky stop and start riffs and a rhythm section that holds it all together is putting together a sound that is all their own.
Their new album Carrier Wave was released just a few weeks ago, and the band traveled to Chicago to record at Electrical Audio Studios to record with the legendary Steve Albini.
I had a chance to ask Casey Virock about the experience, and what the future holds for Porcupine. Continue reading →