There are tons of great shows coming to Detroit (and surrounding Michigan cities) in the next couple of months, but my favorite September show so far is Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s. Not only will they be playing in Ann Arbor on September 21st, but they are also releasing their third full-length album, Buzzard, that same day. What a perfect way to spend the last day of summer!
Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s are an indie rock band whose style has been referred to as cinematic chamber pop. The band formed in 2005 and hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. There are seven bandmembers, which include Richard Edwards (vocals, guitar), Tyler Watkins (bass,vocals), Erik Kang (violin, lap steel, guitar), Brian Deck (drums), Ronnie Kwasman (guitar), Cameron McGill (keyboards, vocals, harmonica), and Gary Vermillion (more drums).
They released their first album, The Dust of Retreat, in 2006. In 2008, they released two albums titled Animal! and Not Animal. Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s had a disagreement with Epic records over the song selection for their second full-length album, so the end result was Animal, which is Margot’s preferred second album, and Not Animal, which is Epic’s preferred second album.
Margot’s newest album, Buzzard, will be released September 21. According to reviews, Buzzard is a clear evolution in sound from their previous orchestral, inventive, and sometimes melancholy releases. The band’s newest album definitely carries these same traits on, but now has a little something extra. Buzzard has been described as “melody-driven music with teeth,” due to Margot’s new forceful and raw energy. Songs like “Birds” offers a taste of this energy with a bold and loud introduction, foreshadowing what the rest of the album holds.
But this album isn’t all noise. “New York City Hotel Blues” and “Claws Off” are just a couple of the melody-driven tunes on Buzzard, and other reports have noted that “I Do” is one of the most moving songs by the band. Acoustic guitars, stinging choruses and howling vocals make up the rest of the album, and it sounds like it will be their best yet.
Did I mention that the album art is awesome? It has two of my favorite things: birds and bangs. Need I say more?
Don’t miss Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s new album, Buzzard, which drops September 22. Then, after rocking it out in your car a few times through, drive on down to the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor and close out your summer with their live show! Tickets are $12 in advance, or $14 at the door.