At the beginning of the Summer, I posted a list of dream bands that I would like to see play in Indianapolis. I have mixed emotions about setting lofty goals and making wish lists. A part of me wants to believe those cheesy motivational posters that say “Shoot for the moon: Even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars”, but my gut tells me to listen to Dillinger Four, who so graciously advised “aim so low that you can’t miss your mark”.
This time, however, the cheesy motivational poster had won out. Sure, maybe Against Me! and Gogol Bordello aren’t coming here any time soon, but it seems that a few bands did manage to read my wish list.
- Gaslight Anthem: Sans 'The Boss'
The Gaslight Anthem, the Jersey boy darlings of the modern punk movement, are finally coming to Indianapolis. they are swinging through The Vogue on September 21st with folky pop-punk foursomeFake Problems and puck act Bridge & Tunnel. I’m stoked that Gaslight is going to be playing Indianapolis, but I am bummed that it has taken them so long to finally make it here. The show at The Vogue will be fine, but we missed all the sweaty bar and basement shows that they played in the past few years, leading up to their most recent and critically acclaimed record, American Slang. But beggars can’t be choosers, can we?
- The Thermals: green room rockers... literally.
Also playing this fall are the phenomenal pop-rock-punk three-piece The Thermals. The Portland, OR group is playing Rhino’s in Bloomington, which, I know is not Indianapolis, is close enough for my liking. Their October 4th Bloomington show will also feature super-hip indierock band Cymbals Eat Guitars. The last time The Thermals played anywhere near Indianapolis, they played The Vogue, which is considerably larger than Rhino’s. The Thermals’ last record, Now We Can See was a stunning achievement for the band. It mixed the raw, intelligent rock of Weezer’s Pinkerton and The Pixies’ Doolittle with the brilliant alt-simplicity of The Presidents of the United States of America. This show will definitely be worth the drive to Bloomington.
Oh yeah, and as for the last band on my wish list, Bomb The Music Industry!; frontman Jeff Rosenstock actually did read my wish list. He sent me a cryptic facebook message saying “...it ain't gonna happen. Maybe later on in the year.” So while I’m rocking out to Gaslight Anthem and The Thermals, I’m still going to have my fingers crossed for BTMI...