The roots of The Seatbelts start in the St. Linus Catholic School choir.
When he was in elementary school, Greg Upshur started singing in the choir and learning how to use his voice. Between his own love of music and his older siblings record collection, Upshur decided it was time to start a band around 1976. Along with his friend Sean Curran, Upshur placed an ad in the Detroit News looking for band mates, and the word of mouth that comes with musicians, led to the creation of The Seatbelts.
The Seatbelts started playing shows before the Bookie’s scene started, but found contacts and great shows outside of the venue – especially around the Ann Arbor scene with groups such as Destroy All Monsters and Sonic’s Rendezvous Band.
DAM, and former Stooges, guitarist Ron Asheton helped The Seatbelts produce some unreleased demos. The band did self-release a 7 inch single in 1982.
After seven years, following changes in the scene and life, The Seatbelts called it quits around 1983. But, the band reformed in 2010 and has been playing regularly since then, finding new fans overseas thanks to social media and you tube. The Seatbelts were also featured on the Motor City Muscle Festival compilation in 2018.
Current and former members of The Seatbelts have also been part of several other bands in the Bookie’s scene include Flirt, R.U.R., Crayon Killers, The 3-D Invisibles, The Cubes and The Sillies.
More about The Seatbelts can be found at facebook.com/seatbeltsdetroit