Putting the band to rest: The (short) reunion of the Reddmen

By Brian D’Ambrosio for the Missoulian

As the “power-pop garage rock” Reddmen prepare to tour for the first time in more than 10 years, J. Waylon Porcupine shakes off the rustiness.

Indeed, he has to once again become skilled at his own chords, licks and lyrics.

If you go

The Reddmen perform at Imagine Nation Brewing Co. on Saturday, May 14, with Western States from 6-8 p.m.

Porcupine and Miyo One Arrow formed the band in Rapid City in 1995, around the time that the two brothers together left the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana and moved to South Dakota.

“I had been wanting to start this band since like 10th grade.,” Porcupine said. “In Busby, Montana (on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation), I heard KISS, and I said that this is my calling in life. My older brother, Jake, was super metal and when my brother showed me KISS, I thought, ‘Oh, my God!’ I want to play rock ‘n’ roll from now on. You’re kind of drawn to these mythical people, right?”

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