Michigander bring their music and home-state pride to The Current studio

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Michigander perform in The Current studio
Jason Singer and Jake LeMond of Michigander performing in The Current studio. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
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  • Michigander - Circles (Live at The Current) 03:37
  • Michigander - 94 (Live at The Current) 03:18
  • Michigander - Misery (Live at The Current) 02:45

The 2019 EP from Michigander — the music project helmed by Jason Singer — is called Where Do We Go From Here. Singer says the title suggests the thoughts he once had about quitting music altogether. Fortunately, Singer stuck with it. "Ten years ago, I saw Pete [Yorn] open for Coldplay in Detroit, and that was my very first show ever," Singer says. "And so now, 10 years later, I'm on tour with him. So that's like, a full-circle, pretty neat, inspirational moment."

While on that very tour, Michigander — Singer and collaborator Jake LeMond — visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Jade.

With a name like Michigander, the band members proudly embrace their roots. Singer recalls growing up in Midland, Mich., and being inspired to play guitar after watching a friend's brothers bootleg VHS tapes of the White Stripes in concert in Detroit. "It was pretty cool to think some band from Michigan — and not from California or New York — is a real rock band," Singer remembers thinking. "It just never registered with me before that, so that was pretty significant."

Although Michigander's sound is not similar to the White Stripes, Jason Singer shares Jack White's passion for live performance. "There's no better feeling than playing live," Singer says. "If no one knows the songs, that's still cool, but if people know the songs, it's just, like, unbelievable."

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session with Michigander.

Songs Performed


"Circles"
"94"
"Misery"
All songs from Michigander's 2019 EP, Where Do We Go From Here, available on C3 Records.

Hosted by Jade
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Mary Mathis
Web production by Luke Taylor

External Link

Michigander - official site

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  • Michigander perform in The Current studio
    Jason Singer and Jake LeMond of Michigander in The Current studio. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Michigander perform in The Current studio
    Michigander performing in The Current studio. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Michigander perform in The Current studio
    Jake LeMond of Michigander gets ready for a session in The Current studio. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Michigander perform in The Current studio
    Jason Singer and Jake LeMond of Michigander sound checking in The Current studio. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Michigander perform in The Current studio
    Michigander performing in The Current studio. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Michigander, 'Where Do We Go From Here' EP
    Michigander, 'Where Do We Go From Here' EP (C3 Records)