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Original Workhorse Movement lineup to reform for first show in 22 years

Nagazi and Workhorse Movement show poster. Courtesy Photo

After 22 years, the original line-up of Mount Pleasant metal band, Workhorse Movement, will re-unite for a show on Nov. 27.

Workhorse will be joined by two other bands: Numedia and Nagazi. The show will start 10 p.m. at Rubble’s, with Workhorse’s set starting at 11 p.m. Numedia will perform before Workhorse, with Nagazi performing after. Tickets for the event will be $10 and Workhorse will perform their album, “Dopamine,” in its entirety. The members for this lineup are:

· Matt Kozuch: Vocals

· Jay Vondoloski: Bass

· Joe Mackie: Drums

· Jeff Piper: Guitar

Kozuch said the reason Workhorse is reuniting because members of Nagazi contacted them at the end of the summer, wondering if they would be interested in getting back together for a show. He said up to six months ago, that would have been a “no” from the band members. But it just so happened that everyone in the band said they would this time around.

Some of the members of the band weren’t sure if all they would be able to play these songs again due to the music’s odd time-signatures and brutality, Kozuch said. But when the band recently rehearsed many of their old songs, they felt more confident.

“We jammed for the first ten minutes, and we’re like, ‘We got this!’” Kozuch said.

This will be the first time many of the band members have performed at Rubble’s in many years, Kozuch said. There will be lots of nostalgia and energy from the band, he said. He just hopes the energy will be there from the crowd.

Workhorse movement formed in Mount Pleasant in the mid-1990s, and quickly became a popular local band in the city. Many crowd members were from Central Michigan University, and Kozuch, who is a CMU alumnus himself, said crowds from the university helped them get big.

They were signed to Roadrunner Records in the late 1990s, and released their major label debut, "Sons of the Pioneers,” in 2000. They opened for bands like Slayer, Slipknot, Green Day and Disturbed. The band disbanded in 2000. 

Kozuch said he isn’t sure about more shows and new music from Workhorse yet. They want to see how this show goes and getting their first album, “Dopamine,” online.