Filter brings Buzz Bin bash and industrial tunes to Ames

Scott Andresen

Welcome one and all to the ultimate in corporate television and its

ability to make a buzz. Have you ever wondered exactly what a Buzz Bin is?

Well, now’s your chance to find out. People’s Bar and Grill is providing

the venue for everyone and their dog to jump into the MTV Buzz Bin Sunday


MTV’s new favorite, Filter, is playing an all-ages show to kick off the

summer season of musical melodies at People’s.

“I wanted to be able to let [younger people] see Filter,” Tom Zmolek,

owner of People’s, said, “because they seem more popular with 16- to


Chock full of “electronic” music and lyrics with bite, Filter is

touring in support of their debut CD, Short Bus.

The video for “Hey Man Nice Shot” has gotten a great reaction, and the

single will be released shortly with some interesting remixes, a Reprise

Records representative said.

Richard Patrick, on vocals as well as guitars, bass, drums and

programming, and Brian Liesegang, on keyboard and sharing duties on drums,

guitars and programming, play their version of musical discoveries and

discussions about which they would much rather have listeners develop their

own conclusions.

Patrick and Liesegang are not new to the industrial music scene, having

helped Trent Reznor with Nine Inch Nails’ breakthrough CD, Pretty Hate

Machine. Liesegang helped with programs on the CD, and Patrick was a

hired hand, going on tour with Reznor and company and performing at

Lollapalooza `91.

The music and lyrics on the CD represent anger. Anger in youth, anger

in ignorance, anger in whatever’s on their mind. With lyrics like, “I know

you really care, you’re just another X,” in the song “Spent,” Filter sounds

like a generational-machine-with-pent-up-anger-and-nowhere-to-filter-it. No

pun intended.

The title of their freshman effort, Short Bus, is in reference

to the bus that transports the “challenged” kids, but is in no way a joke

at the expense of the handicapped or a “celebration of idiocy in the line

of Forrest Gump.” They believe that there is much to be learned from the

special and the different.

Filter believes that difference is just that, and it is only through

vision, ambition and drive of those with an outlook and perspective outside

the norm that original thought and real change can occur.

Ames will be Filter’s second stop on their extensive U.S. tour. So, if

you’ve got a hankering for a hunk of metallic sounds and crunchibilly rock,

then head on down to People’s and enjoy the all-ages show. Jump now or

you’ll miss the bandwagon.

The show will start at 9:30 and is $10 in advance and $12 at the door

and everyone is welcome. People’s will be dry Sunday night, so for those

wanting beer, alcohol will be served downstairs at Lumpy’s.

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