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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Dreams Scar Reality

Erin Crowell - December 7th, 2009
Dreams Scar Reality
‘Heavy with a dreamy sound’
By Erin Crowell
Traverse City band Dreams Scar Reality has reached a larger audience in southern Michigan than back home in Northern Michigan. But that will change – or at least they hope so – when they release their first CD at the Fireball Lounge in Kalkaska, this Saturday.
“If you’re not doing cover songs up here, you’re not supported as much,” says Ben Donathan, guitarist and co-visionary of DSR. “There’s a lot of undiscovered musical talent in the area.”
DSR is a progressive metal band, with influences from popular bands like Tool and Machine Head, but with original music material – songs about childhood, growing up, politics and life in general.
Their sound can be described as heavy and haunting, like the guitar riffs of The Deftones mixed with the vocals of Tool.
“We’re heavy with a dreamy sound,” Donathan says.
In total, the band includes Todd Heiges, vocals; Nate Humphfleet, drums; Al Saylor, guitar; Mike Culverson, bass; and Ben Donathan, guitar.

SLEEPER CELL
Donathan and lead singer Heiges founded the band after performing together for several years in the Fife Lake group, Sleeper Cell.
“I had just moved back from Ann Arbor in May 2008 and I always loved playing with Todd,” says Donathan, a musician of 12 years. “We wanted to start a band that’s progressive metal but also has a dreamy sound, kind of like Pink Floyd.”
Other band members have raked up music experience, including Humphleet, who was the first drummer for the nationally touring band Chiodos before he joined DSR.
Bassist Culverson brings his musical talents from mycomplex, the Mt. Clemens, Michigan band that signed with Cargo Music (Blink-182).
Compiling the CD took five months, using songs the band has performed at their venues, which numbers close to 65 shows in just the past year.
“We’ve got enough material that we’re already working on a second CD,” says Donathan. “We know we just have to get our music out there.”
The next step is getting signed, says the group. From there, it’s just progressing into the next up-and-coming metal band.
“Ideally, performing at the State Theater along with Tool,” Donathan says candidly.

STRUGGLES
It seems DSR has got the musical talent and the experience. So why the limited bookings? The small following?
It’s a combination of demographic and popular music genre, says Humphleet.
“I’ve done a lot of traveling and have seen a lot of towns. I love this town as far as it being safe and secure, but no one here really likes original bands. Cover bands are more popular because people want to hear stuff that’s on the radio,” says Humphleet. “Then there’s places like Grand Rapids that welcomed us, basically gave us a giant hug.”
The band has performed at several southern locations, including a recent performance at the Orbit Room; and at the Carnival of Chaos in Stanton in front of over 7,000 people.
So far, the band has performed at the Leelanau Sands Casino’s Elements Lounge and The Loading Dock in Traverse City.
DSR hopes to open the eyes of Northern Michigan to a genre of original music not typically seen or heard in its local venues.
But regardless of their following and where it’s at, DSR is about the fans, says Heiges.
“We’re a band that just loves music,” says Donathan, “whether it’s performing for five or five thousand. We know how to get a crowd going. Once people see us, they don’t forget us.”

Check out Dreams Scar Reality’s debut CD at the Fireball Lounge in Kalkaska, Saturday, Dec. 12. They will perform, along with bands Release the Crimson, Absolutely Nothing and Messyface. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the music following at 7pm.

 
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