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Legendary Wings – Making Paper Roses LP
It happens very rarely (like a couple of times over the course of 120 releases) that we here at Dirtnap get a random CD-R demo in the mail, pop it in, listen to it a couple of times, and then slap our fist down on the counter and say “fuck it, we’ll put that out!” And that’s just what happened in the case of Kalamzoo, MI’s Legendary Wings. Unsolicited demos are largely a lousy way to round up new bands for the label, but once in a blue moon you get one that’s just THAT good.
Musically, the apple that is Legendary Wings doesn’t fall TOO far from the tree that is Dirtnap Records, (think caffeiniated, raw, fast pop), but they are also unmistakably, instantly identifiable as originating from the Midwest. Potential Johns meets Gaunt? Scared Of Chaka if they were from Minneapolis? Denton with jangle?
Legendary Wings drummer, Jeff “The Snake” Mahannah and Scott Terrian, guitarist/singer first met each other at a pre show barbecue for the First Annual UFO Dictator Fest in Kalamazoo, MI. It was 2005 then, Scott was 23 and playing bass in the now defunct Throbbin Urges, and Jeff had just turned 17 and was still playing with The Clams. “I met this group of teenagers: Jeff, his brother Pat, and Clams drummer Trevor the first time I visited Kalamazoo, and boy we really hit it off.” Scott recalls. “Any time I’d drive down to Kalamazoo for a show, or whatever else, I was really hoping to see these guys, and hang out. They were, and still are like brothers to me. We came to learn of almost identical tastes in music, tv, anything! And, within the next year or so, Jeff and I started flirting with the idea of putting together a band.”
Eventually, in the crisp Michigan fall of ‘08, it happened. Though, a far cry from their previous bands, including The Menthols, The Legendary Wings put together a steady stream of pop inspired sorta-punk songs. They recruited a friend of a friend to play bass named Matt Maier. Together, the band has been on several tours, released a 7″ on Tic Tac Totally and a track on a UFO Dictator comp 7″ were featured at Goner Fest 7, and are about to release an LP on the powerhouse record label, Dirtnap Records. Their mix of caffeinated instrumentation, and overly sensitive lyrics will make you melt if the mood is right. Be on the lookout for the band to be playing venues throughout the fall and winter 2012. And possibly further touring in the spring of 2013…If we’re all still here.