Marcy is an art student, Indianapolis resident and music fan. Q: What kind of music are you into?
I’m into music, but not obsessive about it. My favorite stuff is by the stereotyped art house bands like the Cure, Sonic Youth, Joy Division and Man or Astroman. I also really like the White Stripes and the Verve.
Q: What is your perception of the local music scene?
I don’t see a lot of live music because I just don’t, but there are always a lot of shows happening everywhere. Every time I park in Broad Ripple, I’m reminded by my car being covered in flyers. It seems like everyone is in bands here. In all fairness, Indianapolis also isn’t a huge city.
Q: Do you attend local shows? What gets you out to clubs?
I live in Chicago during the school year, but I’ve managed to see a few shows while I’m home, but wouldn’t say I have my finger on the pulse if you know what I mean. The bands my friends suggest I typically really enjoy. America Owns The Moon and the Pieces I think are great bands. I was surprised to be told they were local, actually. I’ve been told that I would really like Pravada, too, but haven’t had an opportunity to see them yet.
Q: I would definitely recommend checking out Pravada. Speaking of art, did you attend the Art vs. Art event at Fountain Square a couple of weeks ago?
No. I thought about going because it seemed like it would be a pretty interesting way to spend an evening, but it was something like $10 to get in. I am the embodiment of the art student cliché, so it wasn’t really an option for me. It seemed like a pretty innovative way to connect the music and art communities, though, which usually is a pretty daunting task.
Q: What do you think it would take to generate more interest in people unrelated to the music community to spend more time checking out local music?
That seems like a $64,000 question, doesn’t it? It seems like the best way is word of mouth applied to the six degrees of separation theory. I go to see bands on the recommendations of my friends, not because every person I speak to that is in a band tells me how they’ve reinvented the wheel. Good music will speak for itself through the impression it makes on listeners who are willing to then speak for it. As far as getting people into clubs to see it in the first place, penny beer specials would probably do the trick.