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MINNESOTA HOMEGROWN MUSIC SUBMISSIONS

Rockin' 101 is looking for new material from bands for Minnesota Homegrown.  You can also email Tim Ryan the location of your CD quality mp3 file to tim@rockin101.com.  Submit you material to:

 

ROCKIN' 101 MINNESOTA HOMEGROWN

Attn:  Tim Ryan

PO Box 366

1010 2nd Street North

Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

 

      

 

 

Minnesota has a TON of very talented bands.  Every month Minnesota Homegrown will highlight one of those local favorites.  As music fans who support the local music scene, simply vote for one of the five choices in the right hand column.  You can vote ONCE PER DAY.

 

The band who has the most votes during the month will kick off Minnesota Homegrown for every show of that month.  We'll also highlight the band right here at Rockin101 - dot - com.

 

Top non-winning band will carry though to the next month's voting. 

NOTE:  Bands can only carry over one month.

 

Qualified band should have enough material for a month of airplay on Minnesota Homegrown / or approximately three or more radio-friendly tracks for airplay.

 


 

 

PLAYLIST
August 28, 2022

 

The Dead Century "Bombay Beach" (Band of the Month)

Strange Daze "Shame On Me"

Rebel Queens "Rock Candy" (Montrose Cover)

Riff Raff "Black Widow"

Riff Raff "Don't Let It Die"


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Kat Perkins "Not Your Type"

Mitch Malloy "Anything At All"

Slow Children "Bled Thru"

9th Planet Out "Don't Let It Fall" (feat. Brandon Saller)

Gabriel And The Apocalypse "Blunt Force Drama"


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Archers "Bitter"

3 Pill Morning "Transmission (DIWD4)"

Eaon "Lesson No. 1"

 

 

 

 

PLAYLIST
August 21, 2022

 

The Dead Century "Realign" (Band of the Month)

City Of The Weak "Trust Nobody"

Sleep Signals "The Return"

Leaving Hope "Eulogy"

3 Pill Morning "All Before"


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Graveyard Club "Nowhere"

Telestela "Avalanche"

July Fighter "Karma"

Hotel Caviar "Mallory"

The Suburbs "Summertime"


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Fuzzrd "Out On A Limb"

Caliber 39 "I Hope It Hurts"

Dreams Aside "Lost Paradise"

Amerikan Junk "I Don't Wanna Wake Up"

 


 

2021 ARTIST OF THE YEAR

 

 

FUZZRD

 

Brett Petrusek - Lead Vocals / Lead Guitars
Robert Berg - Bass and Background Vocals
Eric Fairchild - Lead Guitars / Background Vocals
Scott Savage - Drums

 

 

The Minneapolis band has a knack for documenting searing personal experiences, strapping them to turbo-charged guitar riffs, and creating kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll in the process.

They make no attempt to hide the scars acquired on the journey. But rather than dwell on darkness and fury, FuZZrd focuses their energy on hard-won lessons and glimmers of hope. The result? Tales of obsession, devotion, and redemption – all sung from the crater of a live volcano.

And there’s room for some humor too. Asked about the band name (pronounced “FUZZ-erd”), lead vocalist/guitarist Brett Petrusek laughs and turns evasive: “It has six letters, just like the six knobs on an old Marshall amp. It’s actually kinda goofy, but we all need some goofy right now.”

All kidding aside, Petrusek and his three bandmates – bassist/vocalist Robert Berg, guitarist/vocalist Eric Fairchild and drummer Scott Savage – get down to serious business as soon as the amps are warmed up and ready to roar.

Introspection Fuels Detonation

First single “Monster Carnival” sets the tone, opening innocently enough with Petrusek’s solitary EQ-squeezed guitar riff. And then all hell breaks loose. “It’s about struggling with debauchery,” Petrusek says. “You can be a pretty happy-go-lucky dude but sometimes you find yourself in a very dark place, like you’re turning into a werewolf. This song is about finding somebody who recognizes your dark side and embraces you for it.”

The pulverizing vibe continues on standout tracks like “Razor” and the anthemic “Life Turned Black.” “Viral Connection” features Mark Slaughter providing guest vocals, a healthy dose of guitar ear candy throughout and an outro solo on a song that Petrusek dryly describes as “a dark, twisted little snapshot about retrospectively looking back at your first love.”

The soul-baring approach reaches a peak on “Demons,” Petrusek’s gut-wrenching account of learning about the father he had never known. “I recently found my brother, who I never knew I had. We talked and in 35 minutes I learned more about my dad than I had ever known before.” You can hear the sheer emotion in Petrusek’s vocal, recorded on the first — and only — take.

“I’ve become a lot more comfortable letting out my personal thoughts and not second-guessing myself. Being my own therapist and putting it into words. Tapping into the stories that already exist – that’s what makes it more real, more genuine.”

Berg sums it up a bit differently: “You get these catchy, sing-a-long choruses, but the lyrics are pretty stark and disturbing,” he laughs. “If Black Sabbath and Motörhead took Bon Jovi

and Def Leppard, rolled them into a joint and smoked it today, you’d be in a cloud of FuZZrd.”

Contrasts Build Stronger Connections

FuZZrd’s evolution is a straightforward tale. Petrusek and Berg had played together for years in the well-regarded Minneapolis hard rock outfit Downtread, recording three albums and playing a bunch of high profile shows throughout the Midwest. Looking to explore a more organic, stripped-down sound they connected with kindred spirits Fairchild (2021) and Savage (from Minneapolis stalwarts Crashmatic) in late 2019.The rhythm section quickly dialed-in a lean, less-is-more symbiosis between Berg and Savage.

The chemistry was instantaneous, starting with the interaction of the two guitarists.

“In this band there’s a yin/yang chemistry,” explains Berg. “In some other bands there isn’t much yin to the yang. But with this group we have a lot more open space to take liberties.”

FuZZrd benefits from contrasting styles that seem to mesh pretty damn well. “I’m not a metal drummer,” Savage admits. “I’m actually a groove drummer, and I’ve always been interested in serving the song, rather than showing my chops. I’m a huge fan of Prince, R&B and Cheap Trick. It was a big change for Brett because he was used to borderline out-of-control metal.”

Prepare to Launch

The four members were ready to unleash the beast in 2020, but then COVID-19 intervened. Amid the crucible of 2020, the band was determined not to let a pandemic go to waste. FuZZrd decided to record their new tracks with producer/engineer Jeremy Tappero, who has made countless records in Minneapolis and is best known for his recent work with Soul Asylum (and a longtime ally and collaborator of Petrusek and Berg from their days in Downtread).

They’re stoked about the work-in-progress. “We’re all having so much fun with it,” says Savage. “I hate to say we’re taking advantage of the pandemic, but the down time has really been important for the band’s chemistry. This is a different way of doing a band. We haven’t even played a show yet! But we’re really loving what we’ve got.”

2021 marks an inflection point for FuZZrd and all the rest of us. A chance to rip off old bandages, turn the page, and confront what’s really important in life. You might as well find a soundtrack that perfectly captures the moment…and crank it up damn loud.

Welcome FuZZrd.

 

 

Fuzzrd "Out On A Limb"

 

 

 

Created with PollMaker

 

 

BAND OF THE MONTH WINNERS

 

2022

FuZZrd (Voted top MN band of 2021)

Johnny O'Neil

Todd Michael Jameson

ExactlyNo

Light 45

Flipp

Nobody's Puppet

The Dead Century

 

2021

Throw The Fight (Voted top MN band of 2020)

* No Band Of The Month *

True Villains

Wildview

Dreams Aside

King Brown

A Rising Force

FuZZrd

Jeff Engholm

Ultra Mega

 

2020

Fire Fight (Voted top MN band of 2019)

The Moonlight Community

The Issue

All In Favor

Villain Of The Story

Revenant Soul

Johnnyrook

Wally Joseph

Unkle Daddy

Hericane Alice

Ryan & Pony

December (Theme Shows)

 

2019

Divide The Fall (Voted top MN band of 2018)

Fire Fight

The Mayberry Riot

Lake Avenue

The 9th Planet Out

Wither The Tide

Lance King

Eris

Dearly Departed

The Failsafe

Stormbreaker

December (Theme Shows)

 

2018

Cold Kingdom (Voted top MN band of 2017)

July Fighter

The Von Tramps

Rebel Queens

Eaon

Divide The Fall

Buffalo Fuzz

Porno Wolves

Innertoil

Capital Sons

Dare Force

December (Theme Shows)

 

2017

Throw The Fight (Voted top MN band of 2016)

Lionweight

Gracepoint

The Usual Things

Tattooed Millionaires

Left In The Lurch

Harbor Drive Hookup

Meridian Incident

Antistar

Hot Pink Hangover

Sin 7

December (Theme Shows)

 

2016

Cold Kingdom (Voted top MN band of 2015)

Children 18:3

Arson River

Crossroader

Chasing Colors

My Zero

American Head Charge

Fatal Kaliber

Avenue Army

Version 5

Average Mammals

Morosity

 

2015

Powermad

Sleep Signals

Ivy Stone

Kick

Lamp Shade Betty

Ashes From Stone

The Phoenix Philosophy

Cold Kingdom

Matrekis

The Oddfathers

Dividing Eden

Sin City Escape

 

2014

American Scarecrows

Skywind

New Medicine

Going To The Sun

Throw The Fight

And We Danced

Agora Forte

VIA

Emergent

The Suburbs

 

2013

City Of The Weak

D.B. Curtis & the Suspects

Mousai

Dirtee Circus

Boiling Point

La Madness

Arrows At Dawn

Semeron

The Goodbars

Windowvine

Bonrud

Echo Effect

 

2012

Ampherium

Buzzard

Fades Away

Crashing Daylight

Swatara

Downtread

Pinwheel

Malice

Eden

Vaudeville

Troy Castellano Group

Postina

 

2011

Gabriel And The Apocalypse

Blood Root Mother

Electric Anthem

Chiefs Of The North

Soul Asylum

Cain's Alibi

Adam Hammer & the Impact

Tripping Icarus

Under None

Skywarden

Strange Daze

Scarlet Haze

 

2010

Blue Felix

Nuisance

American Gothic

Casanatra

ForthAngel

Section 30

Black Flood Diesel

Deadweight

Tepetricy

Quietdrive

3 Pill Morning

Seazon Of The Fly

 

2009

Solution 13

Far From Falling

Hollow Face