The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 13, 2012

Moe Merkin rides into Buster's on wave of recent single

By Tanner Kent
The Free Press

MANKATO — Riding the momentum of its recent single “Dirty,” southern Minnesota rock group Moe Merkin will play at Buster’s Sports Bar and Grill on Friday.

Moe Merkin formed in 2010 and plays a mixture of covers and originals. Its alternative-rock sound has been compared to Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine.

The band’s latest single “Dirty” from its recently recorded demo is receiving a measure of local airplay on the strength of its tightly crafted lyrical content and driving melody. The track showcases Moe Merkin’s penchant for tone and tempo changes as hand-claps and a catchy hook give way to a ripping instrumental that punctuates the song.

Other singles from the band include “Midwest” — an ode to playing music in a state where it gets too cold to smoke — and “Home,” a slow-cooking lover’s lament.

Moe Merkin is managed by St. Peter-based Audio Addix and has played in venues across the region. In September, the band participated in the two-day Peoplez Fest at Buster’s.

To listen to the band or find more information, search for “Moe Merkin” on Facebook.

Band members include:

Brent Burg (drums): Burg started playing drums when he was 12 years old. He has expanded his grooves and genres through years of playing in bands and competitive drum corps;

Pete Klug (vocals/guitar): Klug started playing guitar when he was 15 years old, playing a number of open mic events throughout the region until he joined Moe Merkin;

Matt Nielsen (vocals/guitar): Nielsen got his first guitar in February of 2002 and has played it every since. He developed his style by listening to guitarists like Dickey Betts, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and David Gilmour;

Melvin Soderlund (vocals/bass): Soderlund got his first guitar from his father, Bill, in 2002. He currently works full-time as a pharmaceutical technician.