Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Township

by Jack Stenerson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Music | April 12th, 2017

I'm currently in the back of a hot, cramped van driving through the middle of nowhere, Kansas, with the Wisconsin indie rock band Township.

Matt Weinberger, their guitarist, is driving and choosing the music (it's Alistair Hennessy right now). Nicki Halverson, (vocals) is playing Breath of the Wild on his Nintendo Switch, something he has been doing pretty much this whole tour. Ben Wittlinger (bass) is staring out the window watching the countless corn and cattle farms go by. Andy Welsch (drums) is reading a book on his iPad in the front seat.

We have been driving for six hours with at least another two ahead of us. This tour has already taken us through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado. We will be zig-zagging around the Midwest for another week until we end up in Fargo on Friday, April 14.

The band is no stranger to touring. They have been traveling the country since 2014, playing their music in venues, coffee shops, garages, and basements, to crowds ranging from five people to five hundred. They have been working hard to get their music into the ears of as many people as they can. With their debut full-length now completed, that work is paying off.

Their debut full-length "Impact Bliss" is set to drop on April 28, via Midwest labels Tilde Records and Prairie State Records. While my official review will come later, I can tell you from hearing the four new songs they have been playing live every night, that this record will put them on the map.

Drawing from the indie/emo/alternative roots, Township builds a huge sonic wall with their intricate, spacey guitar riffs, driving bass, and hard-hitting percussion. Subtle yet powerful synth lines are peppered in to pull the whole sound together.

Weinberger says, “We wanted to write something that captured the essence of all the different kinds of music we listen to.” They said they draw influences from the dream pop, shoegaze, and post rock genres, especially from bands like Sigur Ros, Diiv, and My Bloody Valentine.

When asked how their sound has evolved from their prior releases, he said “Each release has changed a bit, becoming less pop-punk and more spacey. We have been expanding our experimental sound that was developed between Leap Year [their first release] and the split [with Minneapolis legends Molly’s Worst Enemy]”

IF YOU GO

Township with The Knotties, Gneil, and Sons of Mars

Friday, April 14, doors at 6pm

Red Raven, 916 Main Ave, Fargo

$5, all ages, 701-478-7337

Recently in:

Katrina Klett grew up running in fields with bees stinging her bare feet. Her parents constantly reminded her to put on shoes, but she rarely listened. Today, the family company she helps run in Jamestown, Klett Beekeeping, has…

How long have you had your computer monitor? Is it time to get a new one? How do you know if it is time to get a new one? Many people got their monitor bundled with their computer. I don’t have too much to complain about if that…

May 31-June 1Fargo Civic Center 207 4th St N, FargoA platform for you to build your business, your unmanned expertise, or network with fellow enthusiasts. Even more useful, on May 30 and June 2, Part 107 Drone Ground Training…

We’ve just read Mike McFeely’s interview with Governor Burgum, are intrigued by the governor’s vision of the future of higher education; that online courses will largely obviate the need for campuses, tenured faculty, and…

The rich live 20 years longer than the poorSeveral recent incidents in the airline industry are sending messages to the Ninety-Nine Percent around the world. If you can’t hold it, don’t book a flight. A male passenger was…

The moment of truth has arrived. After seven weeks of sampling and judging some of the finest libations in the area the results for this year’s Cocktail Showdown have arrived. Christopher Larson, Raul Gomez and Sabrina Hornung…

Do you eat enough vegetables? Almost no one does. The current USDA nutrition guidelines for adults recommends 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables to be eaten daily. Other nutrition sources indicate this number can be upwards of 6 cups of…

Nine band lineup at The AquariumLocal radio listeners are likely to be familiar with 95.9 Radio Free Fargo, a station devoted to serving the Fargo-Moorhead area and run completely by volunteers. The station plays a little bit of…

Cinema

​Killer serial makes Blu-ray debut

by Christopher P. Jacobs

“Daredevils of the Red Circle.” Who are they? What is it? Before the internet, before television, serialized drama was still a significant part of popular culture. Novels were serialized in magazines and newspapers going back…

Artist Anna Lee brings years of knowledge to Fargo in new workshopsOrganizing and participating in locally-grown fashion shows, years at corporations like Target. And now working as an independent artist, Anna Lee has done it all,…

When we had a chance to catch up with Corey Ruffin, the mastermind behind the Grand Rapids-based traveling burlesque troupe Super Happy Funtime Burlesque, he was at the repair shop getting a tune-up on their tour bus. The retired…

Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

This Memorial Day weekend, thousands of hands will be reaching into icy cold coolers for a refreshing beer to wet the whistle. Mark Bjornstad, co-founder and president of Drekker Brewing Company hopes that at least once during the…

Wellness

​Gut instinct

by Amber Schmidt

While many of us suffer with the occasional upset stomach, long-term digestive issues can lead to increased problems down the road. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 60 to 70…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

With the recent passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives, it is important to have an honest and truthful discussion regarding what the AHCA is and what it is not. But before we get into…