Rusty Borealis
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"If There Were Music Magazines in the U.P..."

Rusty Borealis might have more press reviews. - ?

"The Result of the Big Red House Basement Show..."

Rusty Borealis rocked my socks off. I asked them if they had any recordings--and they are in the process. I am insanely excited to have their cd in my hands in the future. I would suggest you check them out ... If you're in Marquette and hear of them playing, do yourself a favor and attend their next show. - Mary

"The Scene with Sensitive E"

Check it out - Eli99


Our debut album, Fell Down Pretty, is complete and will be released April 20, 2010.



Rusty Borealis is a rowdy hoedown of a band who is equally at home
playing on a street corner, in a bar, at an all-ages venue, or around
a campfire. We are banjo pluckers and knob twisters. We love playing
on the porch because of the comfortable rocking chairs, fresh air, and
the good internet reception. We prefer 1950's tube amps and are
waiting patiently for quad-core MacBooks.

We hail from Michigan's Upper Peninsula where life moves at a
different pace compared to most places. People here trade fill dirt
for bear meat and Freecycle old Chevrolets. Per capita, we have the
highest Bobcat For Hire ratio in the country. Most men drive trucks
and will deliver cord wood to your home for a reasonable price. Come
November, bike paths get turned into snowmobile trails. Skateboard
parks are considered un-American and get protested against by the
local American Legion. Yet, there is magic to this land as well: the
Paulding Light, quaking bogs, dilapidated mining equipment that looks
like it was designed by Dr. Seuss, Holiday gas stations that carry a
wider variety of goods than the local Wal-Mart, and a group of hippies
that home school their children, produce amazing amounts of organic
food in a three-month growing cycle, and fashion drums and sex toys
out of the region's hardwood trees. Old timers still cut a hole in
the ice just to go skinny dipping after they get out of the sauna.
And every March, we lose a few good men who insist on driving their
Ford F-150's out on the thawing lakes to go ice fishing.

We're influenced by a variety of musical styles and eras: old country like Johnny Cash/George Jones, Michigan garage rock, and also more modern indie/alternative stuff ala Built to Spill/Modest Mouse.

Now that we have some songs recorded, we are booking
short regional tours and applying for festival slots in the Midwest. In the meantime, we will continue to rock the basements,
snowmobile clubs, and lounges of the U.P.

Theodore Appert plays many instruments. At once.

Andrew Smentkowski has been playing in bands for nearly 20 years,
including the Party Store Minnows and Father Hennepin in Duluth,
Minnesota, the Swamp Coolers and Pawn Drive in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, and Dishwater in Ames, Iowa.