Wildcatting is an instrumental local crew right now, the songs on its MySpace bristling with barbed changes and a bottom end suggesting the heavier moments of Mogwai's Mr. Beast. Here band rep Brandon Moss (remember Bear vs. Shark?) lays out Wildcatting's monomanias.
5. Voxing: So, when we finally realized Wildcatting was more than a joke, it was decided that we needed a singer. We were essentially looking for a human mash-up of Beefheart, James Brown, and Damo Suzuki. Was that too much to ask? Yes.
4. Eating: For a while, practice was simply an excuse to make the most god-awful noise together and, most importantly, to get some pizza. Side effect? Anytime we get close to our gear, our stomachs growl and we all hear little voices urging for pepperoni and feta.
3. Moving: The three other dudes in Wildcatting recently moved in together, so of course they have themselves a bit of a Rock Laboratory going. It's sweet to show up to practice and find them in the middle of a beat-box battle. They're living the dream.
2. Inventing: We're big fans of inventors and other people with ideas. Respect is due the dudes who collectively came up with the trap kit, the microphone, the phonograph and comic books.
1. Future-ing: Going somewhere, but you have no car? Walking is underrated. Dream cruise? More like the Dream Shuffle.
Aug. 26 at Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit; 313-899-2243. As part of the Summer Smash Festival with the Cyril Lords, Silent Years, Loco Gnosis Super Group, Emily Jane Powers and Low Hello.Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org