July 12--Detroit pop-punk rock group PT's Revenge had a strong run in the late '90s into the early '00s, including performing in front of large crowds at Warped Tour, performing with New Found Glory and touring with the Suicide Machines. By the mid-2000s, internal struggle within the band led to a long hiatus.
A reunion show in 2011 ignited a spark, which opened the door for more shows to follow. "We really enjoyed doing it and decided we'd do a few shows per year if the circumstances were right," says drummer John Kay. "We're all friends. We're a lot more mature now. We're also more honest with each other."
On Saturday, you can catch the group in one of its rare performances, as part of Whoapocalypse at the Token Lounge in Westland. Saturday's show doubles as a showcase for indie label Whoa! Records which has offices in Detroit and Chicago. The band has an existing relationship with the label, which distributed its first two releases. It will be the first show for the group since December.
A new full-length album (to be recorded and mixed by the band) is in the works, and a new single can be heard at www.ptsrevenge.bandcamp.com.
"I enjoy making music with these guys," says Kay. "Some of my best memories of being in a band are with these four dudes."
The band has invited a variety of groups to join the bill, including Bottle Kid (Chicago), Due North, Cruise Italy, Wrist-Rocket and the Mizzerables (Chicago).
Doors at 7 p.m. Saturday, music at 7:30 p.m., Token Lounge, 28949 Joy, Westland. 734-513-5030. $10 advance, $15 door. All ages.
For more: www.facebook.com/ptsrevenge.
Against the Grain goes vinyl: It has been a busy year for Detroit's Against the Grain. Featuring a fast and furious sound, the band has been on a series of tours this year, most recently to support its third disc, "Surrounded by Snakes."
On Friday, the group will head to the P.A.N. Shop in Warren to celebrate the release of its album on vinyl. A West Coast tour will follow.
A video for the title track off the new album can be seen on YouTube.
Doors at 8 p.m. Friday, P.A.N. Shop, 22641 Van Dyke, Warren. 586-755-2841. $5. Snakewing, Type-3, Gutter Ghouls and the Hangdowns open.
For more: www.facebook.com/againstthegraindetroit.
Sponge gets inked: Detroit's Sponge paused from the road -- where it's currently touring as part of the Summerland Tour with Everclear, Live and Filter -- to ink a deal with the End Records. The Brooklyn-based label will issue the group's self-produced, seventh full-length studio album, "Stop the Bleeding," with a release date set for Sept. 17.
The album includes a batch of new material, plus the band's take on the Jim Croce classic "Time in a Bottle." The End Records is home to such acts as Danzig, HIM, Juliette Lewis and more.
Sponge is vocalist Vinnie Dombroski, Billy Adams (drums), Tim Patalan (bass), Kyle Neely and Andy Patalan (guitar). The band will perform Sept. 13 at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield Twp. in what's being dubbed as Sponge Day. Fans can enjoy a meet-and-greet session and barbecue with the band.
For more: www.spongetheband.com.
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