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Interview:
The Upbeat: Javelins
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Name: Javelins

Formed: 2003 in Canton Sound: Modern/indie rock and pop

Members: Matt Rickle, vocals and drums (Ferndale); Matt Howard, guitar and vocals (Ypsilanti); Julian Wettlin, bass (Ypsilanti); Will Yates, keyboards (Ferndale)

Influences: The Beatles, Flaming Lips, Taking Heads, the Sea and Cake, David Bowie

Day jobs: Rickle and Howard work at American Apparel in Ann Arbor. Wettlin is a barista at an Ann Arbor Starbucks. Yates books acts for the Elbow Room in Ypsilanti.

What’s in a name? Rickle credits Howard for coming up with Javelins’ name. “We were practicing for about a year before we started playing out live,” Rickle recalls. “We couldn’t agree on anything. Finally, Matt came up with (Javelins), and we liked it fine, so we just agreed on it. There’s no big story behind it or anything; we were all pretty sick of arguing about it, and (Javelins) sounded pretty cool.”

Double duty: Besides Javelins, Rickle and Wettlin also serve as the rhythm section for another popular Detroit rock group, Thunderbirds Are Now! “I joined Thunderbirds at the end of 2005 and Julian joined at the beginning of 2007,” Rickle says. “We’ve known those guys for a long time ... We took a break (from Thunderbirds) for awhile so everyone could do other things; Julian and I were really anxious to do Javelins for a little while. Now we’re kind of getting back in the groove with that band again.”

Hear ’em: Javelins first full-length album, “Heavy Meadows” was released in July 2008 on Suburban Sprawl Music. The group is writing songs for its next album and also is planning an EP of cover versions and remixes of its songs by other acts such as Deastro, Prussia and My Dear Disco.

See ’em: Javelins play with the Soft Pack and the Smith Westerns on Sunday (Sept. 27) at the Pike Room in The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www. thecrofoot.com. Surf ’em: www.myspace.com/javelins

Web Site: www.myspace.com/javelins

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