Tyvek with Cloud Nothings

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival

Oct 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

If you recognize the name “Tyvek,” chances are it’s not because of music. A type of high-density polyethylene fibers trademarked by the billion-dollar company DuPont, Tyvek is a synthetic material used for a variety of purposes, but most famously as “house wrap” to keep in-construction buildings from being affected by the elements.

As of the early 2000s, Tyvek became tied to a band, too — specifically, an unruly, lo-fi-leaning Punk/Garage Rock group from Detroit led by guitarist/vocalist Kevin Boyer.

“I like the sound of [the word]. And I was just seeing it everywhere,” he said in a 2009 interview with Tiny Mix Tapes. “Especially a few years ago in Detroit, they were building all these condos when there were obviously so many houses falling apart. And they’re just building all these new houses, and you’d just see whole blocks plastered with the Tyvek plastic wrap everywhere.” To Boyer, constantly seeing the name “Tyvek” qualified as “visual pollution” and a persistent reminder of unnecessary urban development.

Detroit pops up on “City of a Dream” off 2012’s On Triple Beams, Tyvek’s third and most recent record. On “City,” Boyer takes shots at the attempted rejuvenations and ultimate false starts for his hometown. “City of a dream, but it’s just a lie/You can read about it in the Sunday Times,” he sings in one chorus. Elsewhere in the track, he references “tearing down the place just to cover it up,” which has to be a shot at Tyvek (the fibers).

If anyone should be taking shots at the Man, it’s Tyvek (the band), which specializes in DIY-friendly, rough-around-the-edges Rock & Roll.

TYVEK plays at Southgate House Revival Wednesday, Oct. 1. Find tickets/more info here .