Minnesota’s Fury Things are Kyle Werstein (vocals, guitar) Devon Bryant (bass, vocals), and Andrew Carson (drums). They play melodic, fuzzy, and loud rock n’ roll that counters their nice-guy demeanors offstage. They’re an endearing bunch of guys who in a short time have opened for one of their heroes, Bob Mould, and continue to win over crowds in their hometown and on the festival circuit, all while holding down day jobs to support their passion.
Ok, generic question: how did you guys meet?
Kyle: We met playing in different bands around Minneapolis. There was a music group on Facebook for Minnesota musicians and that’s where I met Andy – I bought a distortion pedal off of him. We all had projects that were winding down at the same time, and we bonded over the same kind of music. We played one song like five times our first practice and we were like “OK, I guess this is a band; we probably have to write some more songs now.” [laughs]
How has it been coming up in the music scene in Minneapolis?
Kyle: It’s very supportive; everyone gets an equal shot. That’s not very common of other markets in the US or the larger [cities] where you can be a band for 10 years and get absolutely no notoriety, even if you’re the best band in the scene. In Minneapolis, as long as you work hard and you put the amount of effort that you need to be decent, you’re going to get some exposure.
Sometimes there’s almost too much going on, but there’s always something happening at multiple venues every night and always something to see; it’s really cool.
Devon: Seriously, from like Tuesday to Sunday there’s like seven shows going on each night, and only maybe three on Mondays.
Is it an eclectic scene?
Kyle: It’s very eclectic. Minnesota is the home of a lot of the larger rappers coming up, which sort of skewed the scene away from the original identifiers like Huskur Du or the Replacements, or Semisonic if your’e into that [laughs]. Now it’s gotten to where there’s a really strong hip hop scene, a really strong hardcore punk scene, strong pop scene, garage rock…there’s a little bit of everything, it’s awesome.
Devon: There really isn’t a genre that isn’t covered there.
Has it kind of influenced you guys being around those different types of music?
Devon: Not so much directly as far as our music, but it feels really good to be in a scene that has every area represented.
Kyle: For me, if anything, it gives you a deeper appreciation of other genres and how other people play music. As someone who plays caveman power chords all the time, when I go to a jazz show or singer-songwriter’s show, and I see the way they play their instruments, how they write songs, and how they perform, it raises the bar for sure.
Devon: And also none of us listen to only the kind of music we play. We’re pretty eclectic in our personal tastes, so it’s awesome being in a scene [like ours] because there’s so many bands that I like, and some of them we wouldn’t necessarily fit with at a show, but sometimes you do end up playing those kinds of shows.
We had one like that with Mark Mills from Calgary; we had him come down and play and there was like an electro band and two rock bands, and his thing, which is like synth-pop, dance stuff. That was a fun night because it was a little of everything, and people seemed to really like it.
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