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IPR’s “The Scene” to Feature The Bonesetters

From The Bonesetters:

“Muncie-bred and Indianapolis-raised, we make music in old duplexes and share them with all kinds of alternative environs. We breathe in quiet sounds, and exhale louder sounds. A good mixture of western swing, surf rock, blues and images meant for dreams. We like you!”

Any time I get the opportunity to promote one of my favorite local bands I will capture the moment.  The Bonesetters have been nothing short of brilliant for those of us watching.  Their ability to continually get gigs while being proactive in the social media community is extremely developed for a local indie band.  Lead singer, Dan Snodgrass is not only extremely talented as a musician, but also admirably talented when it comes to engagement. Snodgrass promotes his band, shares video clips of songs he loves, and shares his opinions on certain local topics. He understands his ability to self-market with free tools and executes. He is a bonafide marketer who just happens to front a great band and has amazing writing skills coupled with a Jeff Buckleyesque inflection.

Thought on Tracks friends The Bonesetters will be on Indiana Public Radio’s The Scene on Saturday, December 3 at 10 p.m. with Chicago’s Santah.  This performance was recorded live at the now defunct Vollrath Tavern in Indianapolis.

Congratulations to the Bonesetters on a flawless year of music from a local standpoint.  Let’s hope 2012 gets you guys recognized on the national stage.  You deserve it.

Written by Brett McGrath


Album Review: Santah ‘White Noise Bed’

I came across Santah at the recommendation of a friend. After repeated listens, I remain without a tidy, perfectly-sized box to place their LP White Noise Bed. The songs feel familiar, and some comparisons can certainly be made.

Lead singer, Stanton McConnell’s vocals are similar to Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, but any similarities with VW end there. Watching the Big Ugly Yellow Couch vids, I couldn’t help being reminded of Givers Tiny Desk performance which was previously featured, HERE. But White Noise Bed is devoid of the addictive hooks and heavy percussion that dominate Givers’ self-titled debut.

The quintet met while attending the University of Illinois. I will try not to hold that against them, despite my disdain for Illini basketball coach Bruce Weber. Their album proves relatable and radio friendly. Perhaps that’s why they have not received any hometown love from Pitchfork. Santah pulls off its accessibility without compromising. The tracks don’t feel trite or over-produced. It’s just good, clean music. Well-crafted songwriting need not be a sin.

McConnell’s sister Vivian has joined the band since the recording of the album, and is featured in these videos. The Big Ugly Yellow Couch sessions do not do justice to depth of the music on White Noise Bed, but they were too much fun to pass up. Santah will be playing at White Rabbit Cabaret alongside Dan Snodgrass of Muncie’s The Bonesetters—another band we at Thought on Tracks are major fans of. The show starts at 8 and promises to be a worthwhile release from the work week. I will be there. You should too.

Written by Rob Peoni