Local Spin of the Week: Grand Rapids’ Chasing the Sky and 5ML

Tonight, Grand Rapids rock band Chasing the Sky will host a CD-release party at The Intersection for its latest album, “The Empty Chair EP,” with 10 percent of all proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a grass-roots network working to “save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures” for breast cancer.

It’s a worthy cause being supported by the band — Brenden Stark, Kevin Van Antwerpan and Ryan Dekkinga — and it’s a worthy new album to check out. In this EP recorded at Mackinaw Harvest Studios (and produced by Michael Crittenden and Chris Andrus), Chasing the Sky meshes incisive alt-rock with pop hooks amid somewhat moody lyrics that flow together well. “Sound Check” today spotlights the opening track, “A Certain Degree.”

Tonight’s CD-release show at The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, also will feature performances by Andrus, Goodness Gracious, The Party’s Over and Mike Ritz. Doors open at 7 p.m.; admission is $10 and includes the new CD. For more on the band, which also plays The Rocket Lounge on Oct. 14, go to chasingthesky.com.

By the way, another Grand Rapids rock band, 5ML, has landed a hard-rock track, “KSLM,” on Esente Music Group’s “Michigan Rockers 2010″ CD, part of its drunken driving prevention campaign. The idea behind the CDs, produced for several states, is to have artists use their music to help spread drunken driving awareness. The Michigan CD features 13 tracks and you can download the cd for free.

And listen to more 5ML tracks at myspace.com/5ml.