Get your clickers ready folks, today is the last day to assist local, indie rock outfit The Bonesetters in their attempt to play Bonnaroo this summer. The Bonesetters were responsible one of my favorite local releases of 2011, with their debut LP SAVAGES!
The band is currently part of Sonicbids’ Road to the Roo competition through Facebook. Sonicbids is the same group that brought Bloomington’s Hotfox to SXSW earlier this spring
The Bonesetters will need to reach the Top 10 in voting by midnight tonight in order to qualify for the next round of voting. So tell your sister, tell your mama, tell your friend and your friend’s mama to get to clicking! Let’s get some more ears on a local project that deserves a wider audience. VOTE HERE! For evidence of the band’s worth, check out a stream of “Maypole” as well as the In-Store’s video session with lead singer Dan Snodgrass for a solo version of “Mama Prays” below:
You, Me, and the Monster the debut disc from Indianapolis band Hotfox was released by Roaring Colonel Records on Friday. To celebrate, the band threw a launch party and played a set at Earth House Collective showcasing the new tracks. Muncie acts The Bonesetters and Slothpop rounded out the bill.
One recurring thought kept rattling around my brain while watching Hotfox’s set: Damn, these kids are babies. But their youth worked to their advantage on Friday and may continue to do so into the future. These kids are too young to know any better. Too naïve to realize they should be intimidated or nervous. They owned Earth House on Friday night.
That being said, You, Me, and the Monster proves that Hotfox is as capable of producing a balanced, successful record as they are creating a balanced, successful setlist. “Mountain Tiger”, “Tombstone Teeth” and “The Dollar Theatre” are my takeaway tracks from the album, but the disc is strong start to finish. Do not sell these guys short based on their youth. After all, angry teenagers once served as the foundation for rock n roll as we know it.
During Hotfox’s last song I stepped outside Earth House for a cigarette, waiting near the exit for friends who would soon be joining. Moments later, guitarist Duncan Kissinger burst through the doors, walking at a frenzied pace down New York St. as if he had just conquered the world. I wanted to reach out and say, “Whoa bud, you are going to have a lot more venues to conquer and fans to win over. Remember this feeling and then duplicate it every night you play.”
For more on the band, check out their Facebook page. All videos were obtained via The In-Store. Stay tuned for Brett McGrath’s footage from Hotfox’s rendition of new track “AK-47.” Click here for the official video of “Mountain Tiger.”