2012. Great year. May it rest in peace. Now it’s time to discuss what we have to look forward to in 2013 as far as local music is concerned. You ready? Too bad.
I’ve heard some rumblings in regard to our favorite indie rock dream pop confectioners House of Bread. Yep, it seems they’re not stopping to pat each other on the back and toast with paper cups full of hooch in regards to the great success -and I might add full-on bad assery- of their 2012 release Hypnic Jerk. It was filled with enough dreamy synth, hazy guitar, reverbed drums, and lyrical mystery to make any fan of the Cure, Cocteau Twins, and brooding Smashing Pumpkins purr and quite smitten. There might even be some 8×12 head shots of Bob K. Haddad taped up to a few bedroom walls, right next to Bradford Cox, James Iha, and Kip Winger. Maybe. Anyways, it seems they’ve begun working on Hypnic Jerk’s follow-up. There were pictures on FB to prove it. Various boards, pedals, and cables in disarray. That’s the sign of things happening in the studio, folks. HoB have also been hitting some local stages. Seems they played with Free Energy a week or so ago. They’re also gonna be hitting The Tiger Room(CS3) on Feb. 8th with husband&wife and plural pines. And don’t miss them at C2g Music Hall on Friday, February 22nd. They’ll be playing with Heaven’s Gateway Drugs and The Dead Records.
Well the world didn’t end back in December of 2012, so in 2013 we HAVE to be getting a new Streetlamps for Spotlights record. Jason Davis has been hard at work on this record for some time over at his Off The Cuff fortress of solitude. We’ve had little nuggets of greatness thrown our way over the last few years, starting with ‘Wake Up’ in 2011, then ‘After The Bullfight’ and ‘Vultures’ in October of 2012. In-between drumming for TIMBER!!! and producing a slew of last years great local releases(TIMBER!!!, D Ferren, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs, and post-production work on HoB), Jason Davis and his Streetlamp for Spotlights’ compadres have begun writing and recording a proper full-length debut(if there is a full-length already out there, please correct me….and tell me how to get my dirty hands on it). If those few tracks we’ve heard are any indication, this record is gonna be one of the highlights of 2013. Not 2014, or 2015. 2 0 1 3. Right Jason? Make sure to clear your calendar for March 16th. Streetlamps for Spotlights will be playing a show at the Brass Rail with Exterminate All Rational Thought and Buster Eagle.
It’s been nearly four years since Auburn’s speed metal freaks Mighty Crush has put an album out. 2009s Satan’s Pajama Drawer was the last time we heard the Death Angel-meets-Biohazard Midwest misfits, but 2013 will change that. Mighty Crush have been holed up in a remote studio in southeastern Michigan recording what they’ve called their “Red Bull symphony”. Tentatively titled Messenger of Death: A Love Story, it’s apparently a rock opera in the vein of Savatage’s Gutter Ballet and every Coheed and Cambria album that’s ever been released. Look for some shows very soon.
No year would be complete without a new album from Columbia City’s own Mister Mr. Not to be confused with the ‘Broken Wings’ sissies from the 80s, these guys(and gal) know how to party. Part Andrew W.K. and part Alannah Myles on a crystal meth binge, they fill every album with unadulterated rock ‘n roll with a hint of rockabilly. 2010 gave us their Sugar T*ts e.p., followed by the full-length(released on 8-track cassette only) Full-On Trucker Hat. After she made parole at the end of 2011, lead singer Hazel T. Shaths rounded up the band and they wrote for 2 weeks straight at an abandoned farmhouse just north of Huntington. The fruits of their energy drink and nicotine-fueled labor are evident on the soon-to-be-released Snortin’ The Q. Look for a Wooden Nickel in-store in April.
Heaven’s Gateway Drugs made 2012 the year of HGD. Playing shows around town, hitting the Cincy Psych Fest, and in lieu of a full-length record they gave us the CPF Cassette, a five song e.p. of sorts that made for a great aural sampler of what these freaky psych rockers had in store for us in the near future. Well it seems they’ve been hard at work on recording some new material over at Off The Cuff and recently announced they’ve finished mixing the new record. So there’s a good chance we could see the debut L.P. of Fort Wayne’s favorite psychedelic freak scene philistines. Hell, they may be Fort Wayne’s ONLY freak scene philistines. Either way, let’s get weird with ‘em on Feb. 22nd when they play C2g with House of Bread and The Dead Records.
Let’s keep it coming Fort Wayne. If you know of any other upcoming local releases, or if you’re in a band and want to fill me in on the goods, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can string enough words together to make a complete sentence, and your use of grammar and punctuation isn’t too atrocious, I’ll get back to you. Otherwise, get your mom to type it for you.
2013, we’re ready for you.