August 22, 2008

Blast from the Past: Mike and the Ravens

Vermont has some good music, and this morning, I came across a really facinating story about just how far back pop rock goes here. This past year, a band called Mike and the Ravens returned to the studio to record a new record. The cool thing? These guys were getting back together for the first time in 46 years. In an era that pre-dates the Beatles, and coming out of the Buddy Holly years, these guys had an incredible Rock & Roll sound that was fast and energetic. These guys played locally, up in Plattsburgh, New York, and made an impression for those who listened to them live. The band dissolved in 1962 after a midnight prank involving one of their records and a church loudspeaker in a sleepy Vermont town.

The group has gotten together again, starting in 2005 to record a new record, Noisy Boys!, and will be doing a number of local shows in the area. This latest record was released on August 12th, and I'm planning on picking it up as soon as I can.

From 1962:
Biggest Fool Around - Mike and the Ravens

I've Taken All I Can - Mike and the Ravens

From 2008:
She Wolf (Truncated) - Mike and the Ravens

VPR Interview (download)