On November 19th, Earth House Collective hosted the release party for local singer-songwriter Laura K. Balke’s third album Rumors & Legends. Unfortunately, I happened to be out of town and missed the show. I was rather bummed as this is one of the Indianapolis releases that I have been highest on this year.
Thanks to the good folks at THE IN STORE, I was able to watch and listen to a sizable chunk of the festivities. Balke’s is a voice worth hearing in the Circle City and beyond. I was thrilled that I did not have to miss out on the entirety of her set. Watch two of the videos below, and visit THE IN STORE for more a bunch of great video footage from Naptown’s music happenings.
Written by Rob Peoni
Formal introduction to Indianapolis: Accomplished. The album release of You, Me, and the Monster by new Roaring Colonel group Hotfox hit on full force last Friday at the Earth House Collective. Technically savvy with yearning hearts, this group plays hard with what appears to be a teenage chip on their shoulders. Whether intentional or not, their most noticeable influence was bred from a 90s grunge appeal. Play soft, play hard, it does not matter as long as they are banging it out. Check out their new song AK-47. Ragin’!
Taped, written and experienced by Brett McGrath
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.”