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Kalkaska formed in the Detroit suburbs in summer 2001 as the experimental project of art student Christian Jay Sienkiewicz. Originally focusing on layered electronic instrumentals, Sienkiewicz would soon become the group's lead vocalist as well as lead guitarist. With bassist Matt Porter and drummer Mike Campbell filling out the core trio, a slew of other musicians joined the group sporadically, making Kalkaska more of a revolving rock/dub collection than a traditional band early on. Brothers Eric Fouladabash and Joe Fouladabash joined as multi-instrumentalists, and Asim Ahktar performed randomly with the group, as well as a bongo player known simply as Pandamonious. The band's quirky live shows quickly raised eyebrows in the Michigan music scene. Starting in 2003, Matt Iannuzzi served as the band's house MC and roadie. After creating a buzz in the Detroit scene with three independently released cassettes, the band's Show Me Yr Riffs EP was released in the fall of 2002, and was remixed and repackaged on the Exile On James Street EP later in the year. Campbell left the group in late 2002, and was replaced by former My Brain drummer Ryan Cady. The Fun Lakes EP followed in 2003 on Sienkiewicz's own Electriks&dunes Records. ~ Stephen Cramer