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Tuesday, March 13, 1990
The Michigan Daily
by Kristin Palm-
OK, so we're not Boston, Austin,
Minneapolis or even Aurora, Illinois
but no one can deny that Ann Arbor
has a semi-prosperous (even compet-
itive) music scene. While any capi-
talist-minded musician has her or his
sights set on transcending this mini-
mecca, everybody needs to start
somewhere and this is as good a
place as any.
Utilizing resources in the area
such as East Quad's recording studio,
the U Club and the Union Ballroom,
the members of Pontiac hope to
prove that Ann Arbor is just that -
a starting point. Drummer Scott
Mast said no specific label can be at-
tached to the Pontiac sound, nor can
"Patience")- Neil Young- VU-ish
hodgepodge which, thankfully
enough, has a good dose of genuine
noise thrown in for good (loud)
measure. Despite the wealth of re-
sources on which this band has
drawn, and the fact that they are vir-
tually an infant outfit as last month
marked their first gig outside the
Ann Arbor party circuit, they have
already earned themselves brownie
points by assuring that their sets are
comprised entirely of original tunes.
The group came close to drawing
on the ingenuity of a well-estab-
lished band during the naming pro-
cess, however. "First we thought we
were going to call it the Who; it was
before the tour and they weren't us-
ing it anymore," Mast said. They
also pondered using Shelby Town-
ship as a moniker, but ultimately
decided to name themselves after the
Detroit suburb. Mast said the name
holds a somewhat universal appeal:
"All the yuppies think it's named
after a car, and all the hippies think
its named after the Indian chief. No
one knows it's after a city."
Besides almost being named after
mega-stars, the members of Pontiac
have another connection with earlier-
era bands, in that they have had to
address a problem many of those
bands encountered. "Our bass player
became a heroin addict and became
really hard to get in touch with,"
Mast said. This member
eventually disappeared. (This does
not mean the band has joined the war
on drugs. Tonight's show is a bene-
fit for the National Organization for
one serving Student Initiative
promoting voter activism among
students in the Ann Arbor area.)
Pontiac also had a keyboard player at
one point in time, but they are now
a three-piece outfit with Phil Tepley;
and Jamie Balousek sharing bass
guitar and vocal duties. Mast sticks
to the drums but says that, whatever
the instrument, all three are looking
for fun up on stage "We really like
to play music for people, ideally just
play rock 'n' roll for lots of people."
PONTIAC plays at the NORML
benefit in the Union Ballroom
tonight. The benefit runs from 8
p.m.-2 a.m. Cover is a $ Sdonation.
See PONTIAC, page 8
any definite sources be cited as influ-
encing this Alarm-G 'n' R (as in
the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Friday's show is also a benefit, this
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