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Speck Mountain Guitarist Returns To His Home Town Roots

Of the Oakland Press

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Karl Briedrick says that “it’s hard to remember exactly how” he got into music while he was growing up in Orchard Lake. But the guitarist, who now resides in Chicago and leads the band Speck Mountain, does remember certain touchstones.

“I was about 12 years old and found Nirvana, but pretty quickly through them I bought a video called ‘The Year Punk Broke,’ ” Briedrick, 28, recalls. “I quickly started focusing on smaller bands, then I befriended some people in high school who started taking me to St. Andrews Hall and any gig that was happening.

“So I was exposed to independent music when I was really young, just going from gig to gig. My parents were really liberal about letting me do that, and I really connected with that scene.”

Briedrick formed Speck Mountain at New York University, where he studied journalism and met singer-guitarist Marie-Claire Batabanian. They’ve been through their share of bandmates, but Briedrick says the latest incarnation of Speck Mountain, which is now promoting its third release, “Some Sweet Relief,” views the group as a full-time endeavor.

“We finally found a band that is truly dedicated to making music for a living,” he reports. “We practice every day, almost, which we couldn’t do with everybody before.

“Me and Marie-Claire are just thrilled to have a permanent band that’s planning on being Speck Mountain and having a future with us. That’s where our heads have always been, so it’s an exciting time.”

Speck Mountain perform Friday (April 3) at the Berkley Front, 3087 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley. Cover is $5. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call (248) 547-3331 or visit www.theberkleyfront.com.

Web Site: www.theberkleyfront.com

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