Staff Pick: Throwback lineup looking pretty mighty

Joel Oliphint

Pretty Mighty Mighty, Earwig, Colin Gawel: You'd be excused for doing a double take and checking the year after reading that lineup. It could just as easily be a Bernie's bill from 20 years ago.

Pretty Mighty Mighty is probably best known for its 1999 albumFamous Past Lives (Derailleur Records) and that LP's minor radio hit, "Ski Instructor." Featuring singer/guitarist Jon Chinn, who used to run Workbook Studio with PMM drummer Neal Schmitt, the band mixed math rock with indie pop and early emo, not unlike their buds in Miranda Sound. In fact, Miranda Sound/Bicentennial Bear guitarist Billy Peake will join the reunited Chinn, Schmitt and bassist John Fitzgerald on Saturday. PMM never officially broke up, but since Chinn relocated to New York several years ago, gigs have been sparse, so this one feels like a treat.

Earwig, another long-running band with local radio hits like "Used Kids," never went anywhere, and singer/guitarist Lizard McGee swears Earwig's forthcoming record,Pause for the Jets, is currently being mastered and will be out this summer. "It has taken a long damn time. I admit it," McGee said in an email. "It's finally done … I really mean it this time."

Reliably rocking Watershed cofounder Colin Gawel and his band the Lonely Bones open the show.


8 p.m. Saturday, May 21

2590 N. High St., Old North