|Cousin Dud returns to ISU as fully-formed band for two free shows|
|Written by Renee Changnon, Daily Vidette Senior Staff|
|Thursday, 31 March 2011 22:37|
As the weekend approaches, ISU students have many opportunities to act foolish, but one way they can wise up is by making it a point to check out Cousin Dud, a Chicago-based band that will be performing for free twice this Saturday.
The group will perform an acoustic, in-store performance at Waiting Room Records at 2 p.m. Their full-length album will also be available for purchase at the store. The second show will be held at the Illinois Brewing Company at 9 p.m. with Ohtis, a local band.
Although Cousin Dud may seem like a funny nickname, Brandon Pacyna, the band’s manager, emphasized that listeners experiencing this group of artists may be surprised.
“[For] people who haven’t seen Cousin Dud play live and then they do, it’s always kind of a shock. With a name like Cousin Dud, people don’t expect much,” Pacyna said.
According to Matt Carmichael, one of the lead singers, the name Cousin Dud originated from ex-Louisiana State Senator, businessman, and American legend Dudley J. LeBlanc. The band has been around for a couple of years now, and it wasn’t until the past eight months or so that the complete group has been together.
The group consists of Carmichael and four others who have all met in a variety of ways over the years.
Whether attending high school together, meeting in college or reuniting from a previous band, Josh Burns, Ben Arthur, Dan Schuld, Pete Geraci and Carmichael have all come together to mesh their love of music in a folksy, alternative, Americana melting pot of genres they can claim as their own.
Carmichael said Burns and himself do most of the songwriting, and the inspiration to their songs with titles like “Lucille,” “Ballad of Alice & Kitty” and “Lumber Jane” have no rhyme or reason.
“In terms of inspiration, at least speaking for myself, I don’t really know where or how I find it exactly. It just kind of shows up when I need it, and that’s been working pretty well for me thus far,” Carmichael said.
The decision for Cousin Dud to come to Bloomington-Normal was due in large part to Pacyna, an ISU alum who hosted Cousin Dud in his college apartment before the band had fully formed.
Although the group only consisted of Carmichael and Burns at that early gig, Carmichael said it was long overdue for the band to return to ISU.
“We’re super stoked to be coming down again all this time later. We’re definitely excited to play for the redbirds in attendance, and it’s going to be great sharing the bill with Ohtis as well,” Carmichael said.
To check out the band and what their sound is like, Pacyna recommends searching Cousin Dud on Facebook in order to hear the music and check out the fan page.
“With Fool’s Fest going on, there’s a bus going from Watterson to pretty much right to the bar. If you’re a student, it’s free; it’ll take you there and back,” Pacyna said. “If you want to avoid getting a couple tickets that night, then this would be a safe bet, and it’s all free.”