Bailiff at White Rabbit tonight 

click to enlarge Submitted Photo of Bailiff - MELISSA ELLIS
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  • Melissa Ellis

A small group of gentlemen known as Bailiff, who have opened for the likes of the Lumineers, Nada Surf, Jeff the Brotherhood more, talked to NUVO briefly about their recently released album and their songwriting techniques.

The Chicago-based band includes Ren Mathew, Josh Siegel and Owen O'Malley.

"We've learned that everything goes better if we just skip the conversation for a little bit and just play music. I think what we bring to the table during those experimenting sessions is what we're personally messing around with on our instruments." Siegel said. "On this new record, The Beatles were a big influence, and we referenced some Radiohead."

Bailiff approaches songwriting organically.

"I don't consciously sit down and say, 'Oh I want to write this type of song.' The song to some degree gives you some direction of the next place to go," Siegel said.

The band just released an EP Remise about three months ago, which sonically fits nicely with the 2011's full-length album Red Balloon.

"This release which is similar to our first full length record Red Balloon, involved us working with a producer, which is more like a songwriting coach to keep us on track," Mathew said. "It involved weekly sessions with these songwriting coaches which really got all three of us to think outside the box. We were able to really put forth some of our own ideas and work on them as a group."

The band called Indianapolis a 'home away from home." Bailiff will play at White Rabbit tonight with Digital Dots and Ampersand Blues Band. It's the bands first trip back to Indianapolis since the release of their new EP.

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