A familiar voice returns to Port this week

Musician Will Pfrang and band to debut new album with two shows

Former Port Washington resident Will Pfrang (right) will return to his hometown this week with band members Jack Fricke (left) and drummer Garit Schmidt to roll out The Good Land Gang's new album, "The Good Land Part 1."
Ozaukee Press Staff

Former Port Washington musician Will Pfrang is returning to his hometown this week with a new band to debut a new album. 

Will Pfrang and The Good Land Gang will host two release parties on Friday, June 29 — a 6:30 p.m. all-ages, condensed set show at Smith Bros. Coffee House and a 9 p.m. 21-and-older, full set show at Schooner Pub. There is no charge for either show.

Pfrang, a 2014 graduate of Port Washington High School, and his band are rolling out “The Good Land Part 1,” a five track, seasonal album that Pfrang said features a mix of indie rock, pop rock and tropical beach rock.

Fall and winter albums are also in the works.

“I looked at what a lot of other musicians are doing and they’re just not releasing big, full-content albums, at least not all at once,” Pfrang said. “Artists release a full album and people hear one song on Spotify and add it to their playlists while the rest of the artist’s work goes unnoticed.”

The album represents a departure for Pfrang from his signature acoustic style.

“We have a more electric sound, although I definitely haven’t turned into a Black Sabbath cover band,” he said.

The Good Land Band was formed in January when Pfrang was searching Facebook for a roommate.

“I saw a post from a guy who was disappointed he wasn’t going to make it to the Hall & Oates reunion concert and I thought, ‘Goodness gracious, this is my guy,’” he said.

That guy is Garit Schmidt, the band’s drummer. Also in the group is bass guitarist Jack Fricke. Pfrang is the lead vocalist and songwriter.

The inspiration for the name of the band and its album is the group’s hometown of Milwaukee, Pfrang said.

“I’ve been doing a lot of touring all over the U.S. and was astounded at the mutual love for Milwaukee and people from Milwaukee,” he said. “So the good land is Milwaukee and really all of Wisconsin.”



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