Thursday, December 29, 2011

Like Radiohead? Like Interpol? Like Band References?

Well, now that I've got your attention.....I have something for you.

If we can ignore that unintentionally creepy beginning to this post, I stumbled across a musical gem that I guarantee you will love.

I know it seems foolish to make such a guarantee, and you might be right, but until the end of the year - if you listen to this album and don't love it, I'll do your laundry for the rest of the year. That's right. For all of 2011.

So act now.

As I was stumbling across the Interweb, I tripped over an undiscovered music post from some interns at a radio station and before I knew it I had downloaded Tan Vampires album "For Physical Fitness" from iTunes.

Anyone that knows me knows I don't easily....ahem...part with money for music these days.

After previewing the array of interesting, layered arrangements of guitar, synth, and swooshing electronic soundscapes all tied together by a voice indescribably effortless and earnest, I was left no choice.

So take the challenge and let me know how Tan Vampires change your life.

And who knows. I might be folding your socks soon.

But not likely.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Our Musical Style

When people find out about our band, they always ask us the same question....

"Which band member gets the most Valentines?"

What an absurd, immature question to ask. (It's me, BTW)

The next question they ask, "What do you guys sound like?"

Defining your musical style, can be like trying to describe the consistency of Jello to an alien. Unless Bill Cosby has started an interplanetary campaign I'm unaware of, it would be pretty difficult. Easier to just give the poor Martian some Jigglers.

So I could stumble over adjectives, and dissect our music into obscure indie music and 1970's unknowns references, but instead I stumbled across this video online that is dead on. We all do something like this.

So I'm having an instant guilt reflex here.....I have a confession......I tricked you. While John Gomm's music is extremely cool/amazing/out-of-this-world just like ours, it doesn't bare any resemblance stylistically. I guess, much like the Jello Paradox, you'll just have to come out to our next show and enjoy a tasty, jiggly square of our music. Call ahead....I'll bake up a batch.

To make up for my deception, here's a bonus:

Saturday, December 3, 2011

What is Punk Rock? (see below)

During a grueling/productive/insightful practice today, we discovered a common thread that runs through the band.

We all love that sound when you first open a jar of pickles.

Also, we share a fiery love for the band Fugazi. Why you ask? Please study the following equation:

Political lyrics + loud, intense music + contempt for the music industry + a general "We're doing things our way and if you don't like it too f*ckin bad" attitude = Fugazi

For the final exam, you should also commit to memory the following equation:

   Loud, intense music
   Political lyrics 
   Contempt for the music industry
+ A general "WDTOWAIYDLITFB"attitude

Then again, if we apply the Transitive Property of Equality, it is probably easier to simply remember the equation:

Fugazi = Punk

Still don't get it? Watch the video below. Damn the man.

3 out of 4 Productive Members of Society recommend Fugazi.

P.S.  Would have given my worldly possessions and the lateral 80% of my hair to have been at this show.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chris Cornell -- Call Me a Dog

Chris Cornell comes out of that 90s Seattle scene, of course, which means he's gifted, a rock star by nature and seemingly a really fucking nice guy.

Here's a decent one from Cornell. Just Chris and his guitar ... and that voice.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanks for coming to the 1st show

Of course, we thank anyone and everyone who was at our first show last weekend for coming out.

Also, we thank The Pounders and the rest.

And ... we thank the guy who wrote that song in prison.

Anyway, if you missed it or just need to see it again, here it is, courtesy NYNY Chesterfield Township.

Watch live video from New York New York on on

Monday, November 21, 2011

Show: NY, NY Chesterfield Township

Friday night.

Yeah, that's our first show. It's at NY, NY in Chesterfield Township.

It WILL be amazing.

Please come PMS with us if you can. You can.


Don't get stuck at the mall, loser.

For more info, head over to our Facebook page and "LIKE" us. We like you ...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's So Safe To Play Along, Little Soldiers In A Row

Great song from an even greater album.

Queens of the Stoneage really put a great thing together when they made "Songs for the Deaf."

"Go With The Flow" is one of many great tracks off this album.

Enjoy. And make sure you get up and dance, or just go crazy.

Make Dave Grohl proud.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Different Man -- Video

Hey, check out our friend Jake Kennedy's video.

He made a music video with "Different Man."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

No one can breathe underwater...

A line from this amazing song by The Thermals. Regardless of the time of day/night, location, or amount of minutes of sleep, this song ALWAYS gets me going.

Great pump-up song. Great band.

Enjoy......(if you're prepared to rock out)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sitting In The Waiting Room

It's that feeling you get Friday afternoon when all you want to do is start your weekend.

Waiting to go.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Eat your veggies. Listen to Two Door Cinema Club.

Sorry, didn't mean to hit you with two pearls of wisdom right off the bat......well, actually..I did.

Both are extremely important and 3-5 servings a day are recommended. But it's probably easier to do the latter, so we'll start there.

What do you get when you mix vocal clarity that Ben Gibbard would envy, dance-rock drums that make Franz Ferdinand shake in their kilts, and bass that makes my head bob n' shake like no seizure could hope to?

I'll give you a clue: I'm not talking about broccoli.

Like a delicious stir-fry, Two Door Cinema Club takes these ingredients and blends them into one hell of a debut.

Is the production as slick as the dialogue in an Ocean's 11-13 movie? Yes.
Does this self-titled tour de force push you four-on-the-floor from start to finish? You betcha.
Do I hear any negatives? Don't think so.

On that note, enjoy their first single, "What You Know" while you find the quickest way to obtain their album and integrate it into your daily music consumption.

And oh yeah.....start eating your greens.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rise Against -- Alive and Well

We went to see the Foo Fighters at the Palace of Auburn Hills this past Monday.

Very good show.

The openers were pretty amazing acts, and almost outdid the Foo. Actually, in my opinion they might have succeeded in outdoing the Foo by show intensity standards.

Mariachi El Bronx was a fun surprise, and Rise Against put on one hell of a high-energy show.

I am definitely a fan of this band now, while before I was just a marginal fan.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dinosaur Jr. - Start Choppin'

Dinosaur Jr. is the type of band that's good for a peel out. If you ever do those. Personally, I rarely do peel outs. I just accelerate a bit faster than usual when DJ is on.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Radiohead -- Knives Out

Just put the old iTunes on shuffle and this was first to come up.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Work Hard, Rock Hard & Have Fun.

Hey all. Hope you've been enjoying the song o' the day sort of posts....been dipping the ladle into the nostalgia pot and serving up some awesome tunes. Thanks Dave.

This one's a little bit of an update on the present state of PMS. We have been lucky enough to cross paths with drummer/entrepreneur/scene reviver, Shawn. That's a pretty long title, so we'll just stick to "Mr. Detroit".

Hot off a couple of excellent writing/practice sessions at Shawn's place of business, Groovebox Studios, we're psyched to have found a new home. Nestled right in the art epicenter of Detroit, The Russell, it's been an awesome creative space to really get things cooking. And we have been whipping up quite the batch of fresh, tasty tunes for your consumption.

For those of you following along at home, it's a simple recipe:
1 part pop
1 part rock
2 scoops love songs
1 TB of technology references
3 heaps of wit
1 crapton of caffeine

Let bake at 475 degrees for not too long and we'll be serving it up at a show near you.

I can already anticipate questions about where to get a "crapton" of caffeine. I would naturally start with Vitamin Java as a base and then work in whatever other energy drink/pop mix tickles your fancy.

We prefer Faygo. See ya soon.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Pearl Jam -- Dissident

This song is in my head today.

Give it up for the wonderfulness that is Pearl Jam.

Such a great band.

Definitely a big influence for a few members of PMS.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Annuals -- Brother

Annuals -- an underrated band if you ask me.

They have the great ability of making their sound feel epic and uncontrolled, yet very much perfected.

This is the first track off of their album "Be He Me" which came out back in 2006. Check it out if you haven't already.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Dinosaur Jr. - Feel The Pain

Friend of mine just posted this to FB, figure I would share it here.

Dinosaur Jr. is one of my all-time favorites. This video is a fun one:

Staying Productive

Staying Productive -- exactly what we've been doing.

While one member is actively seeking new ventures for the band, the other is busy with the daily grind.

But, as this band has plainly stated -- such is life, or is it?

The catch is being productive in your work and life because you love to do it and can't fathom doing it any other way. This project is exactly that.

Here's a good tune to jump-start you into the Labor Day weekend:

Monday, August 22, 2011

More 90's? Well since you asked so nicely....

So I'm shufflin' on through my iPhizzle the other day and this song comes up. I would like to formally thank Gob for reminding me and all of us why the 90's ruled so much.

Now I know what you're let me stop you right now. "Oh, once you start the 'so-and-so-decade was the best nostalgia' you're just getting old." Not true. Ok, I may be getting slightly older...but it's not just that.

The 90's were the best subset of recorded history and it's a scientific fact....not my opinion. I will prove it to you now with 3 irrefutable points.

This video contains:
1) Pop-Punk
2) Soccer
3) Zombies

I rest my case. Enjoy:

For those of you that are still reading, I salute your endurance.

Now I know there will be a few of you that are whining, "B-B-But that song isn't from the 90' came out in the 2000's.."

Ok, I concede that "I Hear You Calling" first appeared on Gob's "The World According To Gob" released in Jan 2001. But I'm still right...and here's why:

1) The song clearly embodies the spirit of the 90's in every way, shape and form.
2) The song was probably written on tour in '99.
3) The year 2001 is an honorary part of the 90's. The early 2000's were 90's by they were having an identity crisis. They just hadn't planned on making it past Y2K.

Friday, August 19, 2011

90s Anyone? -- Dovetail Joint, Jurassic Park

Not that the two go together, but they were both big in the 90s, right?


A Different Man

Because technology can change the way you see yourself and others, or something kind of like that.

And because music is fun:

Different Man by ProdMemSoc

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Song: Pop-Up World

Yeah, Ben put down "Pop-Up World."

It's pretty AWEsome.

Check it out:

Pop-Up World by ProdMemSoc

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Meet Prod Mem Soc

We make use of the wonderful world of iChat.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Let's Get This Going

Hey all,

Thanks for stopping by Productive Members of Society's blog.

PMS is a self-proclaimed pop-rock, indie pop, jazz, punk, rap group from Michigan.

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We are just gettin' started. This band is the product of years spent in other bands.

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