As someone who was heavily involved in the West Michigan music scene for nearly ten years believe me when I say that the Michigan City Vandals are one of the best acts to ever emerge from it. Hell, I would say that they would be one of the better acts to come from the state of Michigan, though that’s obviously my opinion. What isn’t opinion and is a matter of fact is that they are a very talented group of musicians and they need some help to do their next album.
The Michigan City Vandals are a rock band based in Benton Harbor, MI, though I’ve noticed they have a presence in both Kalamazoo and Chicago and probably other places as well that I’m just unaware of. I first met these guys years ago in Kzoo and while I did talk with them for a good bit I didn’t think I made much of an impression. Some years later, after having literally hearing nothing from them in a long while, I caught them in Kzoo again and, after taking one glance at me, lead singer Julee Laurent-Clancy knew exactly who I was, where she knew me from, my name and my band’s name despite the fact that it had been years since our single digit interactions (maybe we talked twice and maybe we played a show together once back then?). Seeing as most local bands tended to identify me as “the black kid who comes to punk shows” I was rather touched by this. Since then I’ve tried to maintain a good relationship with MCV. On a less personal note the band is known for their charity work having donating 100%+ of album profits and putting on tons of benefit shows so on top of being a bad ass rock band they’re also good people.
Which brings us to their current situation: they want to make their next album but studio costs are expensive. So they’ve gone to Indiegogo to try to get the funds needed. They’re asking for $5,000 which sounds like a lot but it’s an almost laughably small amount compared to some of the crazy five figure sums I’ve been seeing bands ask for on Kickstarter lately (and also the lowest goal of the three projects we're looking at today) . They kindly break down where the money goes on their page (link provided below, naturally). Anyway because it’s Indiegogo technically if the campaign fails to meet its goal they’ll have the choice of keeping whatever they made (though I believe Indiegogo takes a larger cut in that case) but I rather see them have a smashing success. These guys are really good and though I haven’t heard any of these new songs (at least I assume I haven’t) I’m very confident that they’ll deliver an awesome album.
Seriously; look at this video and if you tell me that’s not a great rock song then you and I are from different planets.