An underground emo-punk supergroup, led by Signals Midwest’s Maxwell Stern, has teamed up for a song benefiting the National Independent Venue Association.

“Tying Airplanes To The Ground” was written the day after John Prine’s passing and inspired by his music. Stern is joined by Adam Beck (Sincere Engineer, Into It. Over It.), Ian Farmer (Slaughter Beach Dog, Modern Baseball), Evan Loritsch (Mother Evergreen), Julia Steiner (Ratboys), and Dave Sagan (Ratboys) who all recorded their parts at separate locations while isolating due to the pandemic.

Signals Midwest’s label, Lauren Records, will be donating all proceeds “for the foreseeable future” to NIVA. The recently formed organization brings together more than 1,000 independent venues across the United States, mobilized by the uniquely challenging circumstances of social distancing for the concert industry. NIVA is currently advocating to congress for federal support for independent venues as venue doors remain shut well past many other businesses.

“Independent venues have given me everything – jobs, friends, inspiration and a means of self-discovery. I don’t know who I’d be without places like The Grog Shop, Johnny Brenda’s, Boot & Saddle, O’Briens, Great Scott, and the Beat Kitchen. I became a better version of myself in these rooms, as have countless others.” says Stern about the decision to donate to the organization.

Listen to “Tying Airplanes To The Ground” here.


Cameron Carr's writing has appeared in New Noise Magazine, Tuned Up, Susbtream Magazine, and The Deli, among other publications.

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