Edgefield, S.C., power trio Biting Midge has a simple agenda - play music that makes people happy.
Playing a poppy brand of punk filled with chunky guitar riffs and buoyant verse-chorus-verse arrangements fueled by an energetic rhythm section, Biting Midge cites as influences bands such as Offspring, Bush and Green Day, acts that have made a transition from rock underground to mainstream acceptance.
"What we've done is take everything we've been hearing and put it all together," said Biting Midge bass player Josh Brown. "The Biting Midge sound is really a mix of a lot of different things."
Although now firmly entrenched in the world of corporate rock, the bands Biting Midge have modeled their sound after all share a common heritage in the world of punk rock.
"When I was young, I was never really into any specific genre of music," said guitarist Kris Anderson. "I really listened to whatever my mom listened to. Then I discovered punk and was really blown away by the music. I heard it and knew immediately that was what I wanted to do."
Drummer April Brown credits the continued popularity of punk to the deceptively simple music's communicative potential.
"Punk has always been able to convey a lot of messages," she explained. "There is a potential for variety and diversity that's appealing. For instance, I really want our music to make people happy, to get that feeling that happens when you hear something really upbeat."
A band without an agenda or plan of attack, Biting Midge members contend that the road to success is paved with the hard work of continual gigging.
"It's pointless for us to assign our own meaning to the music because everybody will relate to it differently," Ms. Brown said. "We just want to get it out there and let people decide whether or not they like it and where we'll go."
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