The MQT-based band Skunk Fur will be performing their final show this Saturday, June 22 at the Because of Mandy benefit concert. They will be headlining the eight-band line up at the Wooden Nickel and will take the stage at 11 p.m. until bar close.
Originally forming in the summer of 2010, the band has four members: Nate Teates on guitar and back up vocals, Wade Buck on bass, Nick Hallwachs on lead vocals and RC Anderson on drums. Skunk Fur has made a name for themselves with high energy shows incorporating multiple genres into something they call resin-punk.
“We almost try to be unpopular,” Teates said with a laugh.“It's bottom-of-the-bowl punk rock with thrash elements, some ska and some straight up metal,” said Teates.
The band is on good terms and officially calling the stoppage of shows a hiatus. Buck will be attending graduate school at Eastern Michigan University for a Master of Fine Arts in blacksmithing,
a program unavailable in the MQT area.
“It’s a bummer. I was there when we first came up with the name and I have our mascot tattooed on my leg; this band has been so important to me,” Buck said. “However, getting where I want with my art and possibly being a professor (in my field), leaving is a necessary evil.”
Regular appearances at local concerts and as the unofficial house band of the Wooden Nickel created a strong local fan base for the band. Skunk Fur also has music available on iTunes and Amazon. Despite this level of local success, all of the members still say they are the worst band in Marquette.
The image and legacy for the band ranges between different personal connections, but the common feeling is that Skunk Fur will be known for their high-octane shows, passionate crowd participation and fun for both musician and fan.
“A lot of bands are up on stage and don’t look like their having fun and it really kills the crowd,” Buck said. “We want to play and have fun.”
Skunk Fur established a positive reputation not only as a band, but as a friendly group. It’s a stark contrast from the sometimes vulgar lyrics, but resonated deeply with fans like Jessica and Addison Davenport. Skunk Fur traveled to a bar in downstate Mancelona to play their wedding reception.
“There was really no other band that we wanted to play,” Addison said. “We consider (Skunk Fur) to be basically family and to play to our actual family in our hometown – it just meant so much to us.”
Despite the full bar of the Davenport’s families and friends – as well as locals who came to fill the bar to capacity – Skunk Fur’s music didn’t sit well with everyone. Addison’s mother reportedly shared the same sentiment as Buck’s and Teates’s mothers: why are you singing that?
“We come up with some pretty crazy lyrics,” Teates said. “I’ll call my mom and tell her some of the lyrics we’ve been working on and she’ll say ‘Nate, you can’t say that!’”
The last Skunk Fur show will be a celebration of the band’s entire career, as a documentary about the band will debut at the benefit concert. Buck has also donated one of his sculptures to the silent auction. Skunk Fur will take the stage at 11 p.m. and there will be a three-dollar cover charge that is donated directly to the Because of Mandy organization.