Some of you may know Rich Pyle as the store manager at American Jewelry & Loan, the pawn shop featured in the Tru TV series “Hardcore Pawn.” What you may not know is that he’s also the drummer in the hard-hitting local rock band SuperLast, which will celebrate the release of its newself-titled CD on Friday at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.
“I consider myself a musician way before I consider myself a person on TV,” Pyle says. There’s no doubt the success of the show raised Pyle’s profile, but the music his band is making certainly speaks for itself. It’s high-energy, good-time party rock ’n’ roll, and who doesn’t love that?
The band came together a few years ago for what was intended to be a studio project involving a handful of songs written by guitarist Tim Reamer and his friend Tim Barnes, who has since passed away. “They were the brainchildren of the first CD,” Pyle says. “They wrote the blueprints and we all put our own little flavor into it. But it wasn’t entirely us.”
Earlier this year, the band headed to Seven Sun Studio in Eastpointe with engineers Nik Drankoski and Aaron Eschenburg to record a more collaborative effort. “The new CD is us, something we all wrote together,” Pyle says. “It’s a little more edgier and there’s a little more attitude and experimentation.”
Pyle says the band started to take off about the time the new disc was coming together. “After starting to write this new CD and our own original material, things started to evolve. We probably got a little more proud of it and wanted to express that to other people, so we took the bull by the horns and started promoting ourself a little more.”
High-profile gigs, including an opening slot at DTE Music Theatre this summer with Def Leppard and Heart, helped increase the band’s profile. A connection with Jesse Dupree of Jackyl led to an opening slot at the Machine Shop in Flint. An appearance at Dupree’s Full Throttle event in New Hampshire helped launch the group into the national spotlight.
Moving into the new year, the band plans to support its latest disc by taking its music on the road.
Tripp-N-Dixie, 60 Second Crush (performing its last show) and Names Unlisted will open Friday’s show. SuperLast will have visual accompaniment for its performance — images projected onto a screen behind the band along with live footage of the crowd and band that will be incorporated into the projection.
SuperLast is encouraging everyone who comes to the show to donate a gift card for a local pet supply store or bring an unopened bag of pet food to benefit the Detroit Dog Rescue.
Doors at 8 p.m. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. 248-544-3030. $10, includes a copy of the new disc.
For more: www.facebook.com/SuperLast.
Jingle Ballz 5
It’s the fifth annual installment of Jingle Ballz — a yearly gathering of local rock and metal bands headed up by the fellas in Ballz Deluxe — and it’s set for Friday at the Crofoot in Pontiac.
Singer Rick Drinkard credits “good friendships and the interest in music together” for the longevity of the event. “Last year was the biggest one yet,” he says. “I think this one’s going to be even bigger and better.”
Along with Ballz Deluxe, this year’s lineup includes Ghosts of August, Crackjaw, False City and Surviving Justin. “There’s a ton of bands in the Detroit area that we love. We try to mix it up and make it different every year,” Drinkard says.
Deluxxe Entertainment and Hard Edge Radio Show host Howie Herula will host the event, whose organizers will be collecting unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots organization. Raffles for cool prizes, including a guitar autographed by the band, are also planned. Sexy Jager girls and a party Santa will be on hand.
Doors at 7 p.m. The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. 248-858-9333. $10, includes a raffle ticket.
For more: www.ballzdeluxe.netHave yourself a metal little Christmas
For a non-traditional visit with Santa, head to Detroit Comics in Ferndale on Saturday where Metalliclaus - a trash-talking, ukulele-playing Santa with a long black beard and jean jacket - will greet guests with his anti-holiday rhetoric and bah-humbug demeanor.
His fifth annual visit will feature sing-alongs and giveaways and a visit from his sassy elves, the Metal-ettes. For $5, you can have your photo taken with the metal Santa. Don’t write off Metalliclaus as a total grouch. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Detroit Comics, 23333 Woodward, Ferndale. 248-548-2669.
For more: www.detroitcomics.com.
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