MARQUETTE - Moving to Chicago from Indiana has changed Richard Edwards's songwriting.
As a member of Margot & the nuclear so and so's, Edwards has started the songwriting process for many of the band's tunes, with other members jumping in to refine the songs before recording.
Just before the start of the band's latest recording, Edwards moved to Chicago after his home in Indianapolis burned down last summer.
"I think it has changed my songwriting for sure," Edwards said in a telephone interview. "I know when you're more exposed to different stuff, it changes the way you look at things. I think it has been really inspring in general. The new record demonstrates the new references in my life."
Margot & the nuclear so and so's will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Great Lakes Rooms at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10 for the public, with NMU students with valid ID being admitted free.
Guitarist and vocalist for the band, Edwards has enjoyed the experience of being part of Margot & the nuclear so and so's.
"I have been playing in the band for five or six years now," Edwards said. "We just released our third record and have been touring in support of that."
There's no magical story about how the band came together.
"It's pretty boring, I guess. We came together in pretty common ways," he said. "Any city's music scene is small. You meet at shows and gatherings and you find people whose musicianship you admire and you start working together."
The latest release, "Buzzard," was recorded during one freezing cold month this past winter in an abandoned theater in Chicago. The band members brought in some friends from among Chicago-area musicians and the process unfolded.
From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day. In the dark, meaning no artificial light was allowed. Three musicians and a sound engineer broke bones by tripping over cables, but the final product is pleasing to the band.
"Right now, I do think it's my favorite. But that's generally the case. You're into what you did last," Edwards said. "But I would have to say this recording is closest to my taste, although the things I did in the past I am fond of, too."
Bringing in non-band members is nothing new to Margot & the nuclear so and so's.
"We have always brought other people in because they played an instrument we wanted to hear," Edwards said. "We have a rotating cast with our band most of the time anyway. So this was just a little more of the rotation."
Edwards said he's looking forward to the trip north.
"I've been up there a few times before and I remember I really enjoyed it," he said.
What should one expect at a Margot and the So and So's show?
"Hopefully some pretty high energy music," Edwards said. "We have a gritty pop sound, so if that's your thing, you're going to enjoy it."
Joining Edwards on stage will be fellow longtime Margot members Erik Kang and Tyler Watkins. The rest of the band will include Chicago-area musicians to fill in necessary parts.
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