Grand Rapids, Michigan’s HEATERS has drawn acclaim across the globe for their spacey, driving take on West Coast psych rock. Tapping into both the twang of their ‘60s garage compatriots and building their own brand of expansive, cosmic swells, Pitchfork calls the band “catchy and kinetic,” noting their “energy and hook writing are clearly on point.” Combining a seemingly constant output of “reverb-coated, fuzz-studded, hard-driven garage psych” with a kaleidoscopic, hip-shaking live set, HEATERS are quickly forging something new and exciting.
An underdog dream from an underdog state. The product of restless feet and the need to say something.
Michigander has been the toil and passion of Jason Singer since 2013. It’s being built in basements and churches and vans without mufflers. It’s living on stages, floors, and in studios—sounding big and packing light.
Stef Chura’s debut studio album, Messes (released 1/27 on Urinal Cake Records), is born of her years of experience playing around the Detroit, Michigan underground, setting up DIY shows in the area, and moving around the state—nearly 20 times. “Right when it starts to feel like home / It’s time to go,” she sings literally on its opening cut, “Slow Motion,” a twisty, dim-lit guitar pop song where she curls and stretches every word. There are worlds of emotion in the ways Chura pronounces phrases with twang and grit, alternatingly full of despair, playfulness, and abandon. Chura calls her music “emotional collage,” eschewing start-to-finish storylines in favor of writing intuitively about feelings, drawing from experiences and references related to a certain sentiment.
Humons (Detroit producer Ardalan Sedghi) most recently released Spectra EP, which introduced Humons’ dream house aesthetic, a psychedelic fusion of Detroit-inspired dance music and live instrumentation. Humons is currently a resident at Assemble Sound in a Detroit, a historic church turned studio where many Detroit musicians collaborate.Through Assemble Sound, Sedghi has joined forces with producer and engineer Jon Zott (JRJR & BØRNS), as well as drummer Michael Higgins (JRJR). Humons has brought Spectra EP into the live setting with an entrancing dance-oriented set including live vocals, keyboards & drums, which has taken place alongside acts such as Bob Moses, Diamondstein, Flint Eastwood, Gosh Pith & Valley Hush.