The Midwestern pop sound is something that bands from the coasts just can’t seem to replicate for whatever reason, but those from the Midwest can easily recognize: maybe it’s the sprawling stretches of countryside, the remote towns with one or two dusty bars or towns that are snow shut-ins in winter. Whatever the case, the sound of bright guitars with a slight drawling style, a spacious but strong percussion sense and simplistic lyricism is a familiar export in the state of Wisconsin.
Green Bay/Oshkosh’s the Midwestern Charm’s name alone belies the region of the band and emphasizes group’s intent to not stray from the classic rootsy pop sound their hometown is known for. The five members of the Midwestern Charm formed in 2009 out of bands The Way Out, Abraham Calling, Monday Automatic, The National Score and Patterns in Static. Singer/guitarist Connor Sands LaMue leads the band through coming of age stories that are never overly sentimental, letting a bit of the gloss of typical power pop get mussed up in an appealing way.
Tonight, the Midwestern Charm plays over WMSE’s airwaves for Local/Live at 8 p.m. Tune in to 91.7 FM or stream online at WMSE.org. Missed out? Check out the WMSE archives. The Midwestern Charm plays Peabody’s in Oshkosh on August 20th.