yeah i encourage all of you to get out to your local a+c armed with some stink bombs ;) (their stores smell disgusting anyhow) i’ve always hated this store, but now i feel entirely justified for using that word.
This just pissed me off so much…
What a total bonehead.
Not sure if this is actually true, but IF it is it clearly shows how shallow the fashion industry really is…
What NOT to do as an artist
POZ Showcase: Mike Mains And The Branches
Mike Mains and the Branches have built their career on hard work. Noting their commitment to their craft, the Lansing, Michigan quartet has garnered themselves a bit of a following and they are turning heads. Their brand of alternative rock is endearing and catchy as hell. Mike Mains and the Branches are poised to make it sooner or later, but don’t tell them that…they are only thinking of working harder.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Mike Mains- Lead Vocals, guitar; Shannon Mains- Keys, Background Vocals; Nate Wethy- Bass;
Drew Porter- Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
We formed in 2009 down in the great state of Texas. However, since most of the members were from Michigan and were looking to relocate, we felt like it made sense to base ourselves out of our native land. Since then we’ve been touring almost nonstop.
Why should people listen to your band?
We feel like we create honest music that comes from our hearts. We aren’t trying to sell anything or be anything other than what we are. People aren’t stupid- they know when you’re not writing honest music. We try and just write what’s real to us and hope that other folks might relate.
How have you grown since you started?
It’s easy to be naive when you first start playing music. You feel so hopeful and just cross your fingers that you won’t hit any bumps in the road. However, we learned early on that that’s not the case at all. You hit plenty of bumps and mountains along the way. However, those are the things that help you grow and evolve as musicians and a band. If you’re not constantly learning and growing you’ll grow stagnant and get left behind.
What sets you apart from other bands?
Most of the bands we have come into contact with seem to have a sense of entitlement. We’ve always felt like this is a dangerous attitude to have because we believe hard work pays off. We are constantly working and making goals in our band. We (luckily) don’t need to have other jobs to do this, so it really only makes sense that we spend most of our days working and brainstorming together. We never wanted to be the kind of band who just waited for a handout. We have worked extremely hard for everything we’ve accomplished. We’ll never stop paying our dues. It’s all about hard work.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
You’d think that between spending every waking hour of the day touring together and living together at home you’d think we would get sick of one another. However, that’s definitely not the case. It’s crazy, we’ll come home from a two month-long tour and go to our rooms at home to be alone, but then about 30 minutes later we all find that we are hanging out and laughing and making jokes about “missing each other.” We’re very family oriented. We all genuinely get along and love each other.