The Weakenders

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.