Last week, news broke that musicians from Portland, Ore. were moving to Detroit in pursuit of the artists' life — and to possibly paint their house a "crazy color." One of the artists cited was the genre-defying Sold Only As Curio, who said they hoped to launch a non-profit based studio, which was not feasible in oversaturated Portland.
But before a band from the west coast moved to Detroit, there was ... another band from the west coast that moved to Detroit.
That band's Detroit life turned out to be short-lived, however. Just over a year after they moved here — quite possibly motivated by the realization that winters in Detroit are basically the worst — they headed back west and relocated in L.A. before finally calling it quits in 2008.
Hopefully Sold Only as Curio can stay a little longer. Below, watch a video of the Starlite Desperation playing at Detroit's now-defunct Gold Dollar.
Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...