The Blue Pines and Ficus join Djangophique in the Hot Top 5 Chart

Grand Rapids rock bands debuted on the Local Spins Hot Top 5 Chart in September with new studio recordings. Consult the table, listen to the tracks of all versions.

Ficus: Reader and radio support for his “weird” music has been surreal. (Courtesy picture)

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New releases from Ann Arbor swing/gypsy jazz band Djangophonique, Lansing singer-songwriter Rachel Curtis and Grand Rapids electronic music genius Samil maintained their hold for the second straight month on the Local. Spins Hot Top 5 Chart in September.

But two Grand Rapids rock bands also climbed the charts, debuting among the top five most-played local or regional releases on community radio station WYCE (88.1 FM) last month.

The Blue Pines’ latest release, “Give and Take,” came in at No. 4, with psych-rock’s Ficus rounding out the chart with his self-titled studio album.

Frontman Tyler James said the support for the new album “means the world to us”, particularly because the band members “put more into our new album than anything we’ve done before and we want people to hear it”. We love how it came together.

Keyboardist/vocalist Roz’lyn added, “We’ve really grown our abilities on ‘Give and Take’ and to have this level of recognition from such an important organization is incredibly rewarding.”

Recorded at River City Studios in Grand Rapids, the album delves “further into slightly new territory in theme and melodies, continuing the evolution since our first record,” noted Tyler James, with Roz’lyn adding that The Blue Pines “was more focused on producing and experimenting in the studio this time around.

After a busy summer of performances, The Blue Pines play DAAC in Grand Rapids on October 29 (with The Fabulous Vans and FlyLite Gemini) and Mulligan’s Pub on November 12 (with Feeding Grizzlies and The Mercurials).

FICUS AIMING TO RECORD A FULL ALBUM THIS WINTER

Ficus had his own taken aback view of the band’s chart debut.

“We’re all longtime WYCE listeners, so for our weird music to be backed by the best little radio station in the world, volunteers and other listeners are surreal,” said singer-guitarist Ben Graham.

The Blue Pines (Photo/Dogtown Studio)

“We are beyond grateful, humbled and grateful. None of us thought we’d hear his music on the radio, so that means the world.

The psych-rock band – Graham, vocalist and bassist Michael Kalinowski, guitarist Blake McWatters, keyboardist Mike Failing and drummer Nick Johnson – recorded the four-song EP in Johnson’s basement with the help of the Lansing’s psych-rocker David Turel.

“Our band is rooted in psychedelic rock, however, we are actively experimenting with its many limitless subgenres to produce something uniquely our own,” Graham said, noting that the members plan to focus on writing new material. for a full album after a series. fall shows.

“We work to foster a psychic scene in West Michigan and beyond.”

The band plays at Mulligan’s Pub in Grand Rapids at 10 p.m. Saturday, October 8 with Guy Snowdon & The Citizens and Glencoe; Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill in Grand Rapids at 9 p.m. Oct. 15 with Old Mountain Acid Test and Redbelly; Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe (Backroom) on November 4 and The Stray in Grand Rapids on November 12.

Learn more about The Blue Pines in this Spotlight by artist Local Spins.


THE LOCAL SPINS HOT TOP 5 ON SPOTIFY: September 2022

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