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Chris Richards and the Subtractions


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The members: Chris Richards Todd Holmes Larry Grodsky

The history: Chris (lead guitar, vocals and songwriter) has been part of the Detroit music scene since the early '80s and has previous bands (Hippodrome late 80's and the Pantookas- early 90's) have achieved world wide acclaim in the realm of Power Pop. Hippodrome won the Metro Times Music Award in 1989 as "The Band Deserving Wider Recognition" as well as multiple "Songwriter Deserving Wider Recognition" nominations. The Subtractions were formed in early 2003, who consist of previous band mates Larry Grodsky on drums (from the Pantookas) and Todd Holmes on bass (from Hippodrome). The band has performed at various music festivals such as the Metro Times Blowout and International Pop Overthrow (IPO) in both Chicago and Detroit. The have played locally at numerous clubs including the Magic Bag (Ferndale), the Belmont, Smalls & Paychecks (Hamtramck), and the Hard Rock Cafe

What's up with the name: Based on a story I heard about Bruce Thomas (of Elvis Costello and the Attractions fame) and what he called Elvis's backing band when inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame...based on the fact that Elvis wouldn't have Bruce play with him on that evening...he basically stated..."Elvis Costello and the Attractions? More like the Elvis and the Subtractions. I thought it was a charming story.

The style: Power Pop

Got anything recorded? This incarnation of the band had recorded most of 2004's Mystery Spot as well as the new record Sad Sounds of the Summer released in March of 2009.

Tell us your future? More records and more shows from the aging pop trio

Website: www.myspace.com/chrisrichardsandthesubtractions

Berkley Front 3/27/09 Hard Rock Cafe 4/30/09

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