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Local bands rock Flint with diverse genres

by June Hudson and Times Photo / The Michigan Times

On Jan 20, ska band The Loose Ties performed at Soggy Bottom Bar. The band’s energy emanated throughout the room, keeping the crowd’s focus from fast punk beats to slow and easy reggae.

By June Hudson and Times Staff Writer

Local musical artists PLeThorA, The Loose Ties and Shogun performed around Flint last weekend. On Jan. 20, two bands played at Soggy Bottom BarPLeThorA and The Loose Ties. The opening band, PLeThorA, had songs that reflected various styles (and in turn reflected the band name), but seemed to center mainly around the rock genre. Anthony Seitz, bass player for PLeThorA, and sophomore chemistry major at UM-Flint, gave a little insight on what the band is about.

“I think the best way you could describe our music is comedy rock,” Seitz said.

The band definitely knew how to entertain the audience. Even if you couldn’t hear all the lyrics, the song titles showed how silly the band is, such as “Lucky the Pirate,” “T-Rex,” and “Bartholomew the Slug Goes to The Moon.” The band even went as far as to cover The Backstreet Boys’ “Larger than Life.” Their next show will be at the KIVA in the UM-Flint UCEN on Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

The second band that evening, The Loose Ties, primarily stuck with what genre they knew best, ska. The band’s energy emanated throughout the room, changing from fast punk beats to slow and easy reggae. The band showed their versatility by switching up vocalists and even switching instruments in a song as the guitarist moved to drums, drummer moved to bass, and bassist moved to guitar. Anybody that loves ska was in for a treat as the band played for over an hour, performing originals as well as covers by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Goldfinger, Third Eye Blind, and ending the night with “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin.

On Sat., Jan. 21, Woobies featured a hardcore metal band that goes by the name Shogun. The 4-man band kept their audience pumped throughout the night with heavy beats, dark chords, and aggressive vocals. Although the music was booming throughout the entire place, I got up close to witness the intensity of the band firsthand. For those looking for some hardcore, head-banging music, this band can deliver. Their next show will be at the Blackened Moon in Lansing on Sat., Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

All three bands have their own Facebook pages. PLeThorA can be found at, The Loose Ties at, and Shogun at

June can be reached at

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