Motor City Rides 

What's cool is Quack! Media owner Al McWilliams doesn't own a car. Yeah, the guy whose label releases Tally Hall, the Hard Lessons, Great Lakes Myth Society and the Suburban Sprawl gang uses his AATA go!pass to get to and from his Ann Arbor home and the Quack! offices. It's not that he can't afford a car, he'd just rather put whatever dough into expanding his company.

Quack! Media, on the other hand, owns one enormous 2006 Dodge Sprinter for its bands' touring needs.

The 20 feet-by-8 feet Sprinter is a bitch to park, sure, but it's a dream should one load gear in and out while drunk, and it's comfortable enough over long miles to help ease those pesky hangovers.

Great Lakes Myth Society christened the Sprinter "Meganutz" in honor of the blue beast's undeniable power, size and sexy yet functional design.

The Sprinter's reliability can be a pain in the ass sometimes, though. Like the time Lakes-man Jamie Monger got locked in the secure cargo compartment. He sat enclosed for an hour before his bandmates even noticed. Or how the van switched into "limp mode" (a device that keeps the van at 40 mph max when diagnostics thinks something is wrong) the day Great Lakes drove from Tulsa, Okla., to Austin for the band's first South by Southwest show last week.

GLMS brings one important piece of gear when driving Meganutz — an oversized captain's hat imbued with special powers. Whoever hauls the band back to the hotel from a gig dons the cap, thus becoming Captain Feeling. Captain Feeling only speaks Spanish and always gets everyone home, no matter how many drinks were killed at the gig.

The Cap's first question?

"¿Donde esta el Motel 6?" of course.

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