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ACRN - The Rock Lobster

ACRN - The Rock Lobster
Concert Previews
A 'Mighty' Band Returns Home
By Dan Moore, Contributor
November 13, 2009

This Saturday, Columbus indie rockers Pretty Mighty Mighty return home -- to The Union. And like many OU alums back in town for a weekend, the band couldn't be more excited.

Formed in 1992, these former Bobcats started to make a name for themselves on these familiar streets. Frontman Jon Chinn (guitar and vox) is joined by John Fitzgerald on bass, Neal Schmitt on drums, and the more recently added Billy Peake on guitar.

The band boasts three full-length albums, dozens of EPs and demos and has been a staple in the Midwest music scene. As Chinn said, “We’re the original indie rock."

"Some of our biggest influences are Sugar, Bob Mould, Jaw Box -- and that could very well have dated me a bit." While the band was most active from 1995-2005, Chinn has noticed that times have changed for touring bands.

“It has changed -- marketing yourself over the Internet is just as effective as living out the back of your van,” said Chinn. “When we were in high school, there was a business model: drive around, get some fans, make some money. But that doesn’t exist anymore.”

Determined to stay on top of the ball, Pretty Mighty Mighty is getting back in the studio. “We’re hoping for a spring release,” said Chinn. Signed to indie label Reverbose Records, it’s always been about the music for these guys. “We like to make people think,” said Chinn, "but ideally you’re doing it for the sake of art, doing it for yourself.”

More importantly the boys are glad to be home, where they first set sail for that open ocean that is music. “[We’re] excited to see what the Burrito Buggy looks like after all these years.”

Pretty Mighty Mighty play alongside The Twits, The Book Smarts and ChickenPussy at the Union this Saturday (November 14). The show starts at 10 p.m.

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