Looking for some good old American Rock and Roll? Look no further than The Weakenders at ORANJE 2012.
Made up of Blair White, Eli Chastain, Joel Lauver and Joshua Lockridge, this Nashville band is no stranger to Indianapolis. In 2009, the band started making demos while half of the members lived in Indianapolis and half lived in Nashville. The distance between them proved to be their weakness, so eventually the two Indianapolis members moved down to Tennessee. It was then that the band wrote a new record.
With a sound similar to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers or early Wilco, the band consists of two guitars, a bass and drums. “We try and make things extremely uncomplicated as a general rule,” said Chastain. “It’s guys with guitars, drums and lyrics which has worked for decades. We aren’t reinventing the wheel, just doing what seems right to us.”
Joshua, Joel and Eli have all played in Indianaplis metal and hardcore bands in the 2000’s. You may recognize Joel from his stint as the guitar player in Mardelay. As The Weakenders, the guys make their tour schedule according to the rule of quality over quantity. Not oversaturating the Nashville music scene, the band books shows that will be fun and energetic.
This is the band’s first year participating in ORANJE. “It seems to draw out the culturally stimulated members of the Indianapolis community, which is great,” said Chastain. “To consider all of those talented and interesting people in a city all under one roof for six hours is kind of a dream for a band or artist. We see ORANJE as a chance to kind of stretch out the songs and just have a bit more fun with them musically. And event like ORANJE seems like a good time to just relax, turn up, play, not worry and actually enjoy jamming our songs.”
You can catch The Weakenders on the NUVO stage at ORANJE 2012 at 9:00 pm.
What’s more fun than one DJ pumping out non-stop dance music? Why, two DJs of course!
Mutiny came together when DJ Hollow Point and Kodama, both resident DJs at The Mousetrap for Altered Thurzdaze, realized they had the potential to do more with their talents. Having two people with four turntables gave the duo so many more options and depth for a set.
Both Hollow Point and Kodama performed in ORANJE last year, so they are no stranger to the event. “We couldn’t be more humbled by the opportunity to play at such a great event,” said Hollow Point. “Last year, we had a great response and can’t wait to deliver the goods again. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing the other great talent on display this year, be it a musical performance, performance art or any of the numerous amazing galleries that only exist at ORANJE.”
Both DJs have been involved in music as long as they can remember. Whether it was involvement in school band, orchestra or church choir, they have both been influenced by music growing up. This background inspired them to become DJs and everything just came together. Hollow Point picked up DJing in 2007 while Kodama started back in 1999. “This is my life, I breathe bass music on a daily basis,” said Kodama. “It’s been a long journey to get to what I have become today.”
Mutiny is still a relatively young act in Indy, but it is already gaining a loyal fan base, especially in the drum and bass/dubstep scene. These loyal fans and friends have turned into a family-like unit, encouraging the duo to push the limits. “We already see event-goers donning full pirate gear when we do our shows,” said Hollow Point. “We’ve embraced this behavior by occasionally tossing out eye-patches during our sets.”
You can catch Mutiny on the IndyMojo stage at 1:00 am at ORANJE 2012. After ORANJE, you can catch them at the Rad Summer & A Squared Industries Block Party at Sun King Brewing on Sept 30th. “The sky is the limit,” says Kodama. “I will take this as far as possible.”