10 more to watch: Blush 

Blush might’ve only played its first show in August, 2000, but this is a band that already knows what it wants … and how to get it. Suggestive of the sensual sauntering of ’90s European electronic rock bands such as Hooverphonic, Lamb and Sneaker Pimps, Blush has an immediately likable vibe. Amy Anselm — who sings and plays keyboards for the band — formed this new act out of the ashes of alternative rockers Ruby Moon, joining forces with ex-band mate-guitarist Phil Skarich and bassist Carey Gustafson. Ex-Stun Gun member Kelly Schliewe has been playing drums, but while Blush moves toward a more strictly electronic approach, she’ll be on hiatus.

Anselm explains that each member of Blush comes from “different musical backgrounds and influences. I’m into electronic music and pop; Carey is into the Police and ’70s rock, and Phil is into the Atomic Numbers.” Adding to that cauldron of diverse backgrounds is Anselm’s day job as a classical piano teacher. She describes giving piano lessons by day — which is all “prim and proper” — and being in a rock band by night as having a “split personality. There’s never a dull moment, but I love teaching.” That classical training also helps contribute to Blush’s unique sound and approach to rock music, although Anselm admits that sometimes her band mates complain her compositions “sound too classical.” It’s that dialogue and collaboration that insures their music stays fresh.

Blush has been hard at work recording its debut record at Tempermill, which should be released in May, 2001. “We’re planning a really unique CD release party,” states Anselm, “but it’s a surprise.” You heard it here first.

Blush performs Thursday, March 8 at Motor, 3515 Caniff (313-369-0090) and Saturday, March 10 at Old Miami, 3930 Cass, Detroit (313-831-3830).

Check out the other artists that made MT's 10 more to watch list.

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Aaron Warshaw is the Metro Times listings editor. E-mail him at letters@metrotimes.com

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