Ewokie Talkie

Evansville-based Ewokie Talkie is bringing his atmospheric, dreamy beat-based music to ORANJE on September 13, and we’re excited to share his passion and talent with you. The man behind Ewokie Talkie, Kyle Stallings, has a sounds as eclectic as his music tastes, including jazz, rock, hip hop and various dance beats.

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Making music since he was 14 years old, Stallings started out his music career playing the guitar in bands. After a few years, he began exploring his interest in hip hop by attempting to make his own beats. “I started acquiring a lot of records (that I sampled from) as well as purchasing my first synthesizer. i got into using a computer for more control and from then on, I haven’t stopped. I’ve been making music and performing as Ewokie Talkie for four years.”

If you live in Indianapolis, you might not be familiar with Ewokie Talkie unless you caught his show at The Mousetrap last year. Or perhaps you were one of the attendees of a house party he played along with David Peck, Digital Dots are more, which Stallings said has been his favorite show in Indy to date. Ewokie Talkie performs at least once a month, whether it’s in St. Louis at The Blank Space, in Chicago for Push Beats Mondays or in Evansville’s local art gallery/venue/restaurant known as PG, where Stallings also helps book and promote events.

“Actually my favorite show was also the one that had the largest attendance. I got to open up for Parisian and Lapalux in St. Louis. Lapalux is one of my favorite artists so I guess I would also say that it was my best performance because I took a lot of time to prepare for it.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Ewokie Talkie for his first appearance at ORANJE on September 13. “I plan to perform in the usual way that I play off of my shows. I’ll be playing original music of mine with my laptop and midi controller. I will also be bringing handmade cassettes with new music as well as download codes inside the tape boxes for digital downloads. Events like this bring people together and encourage progression. Aside from that, it will be a lot of fun.”

We asked Stallings about his future plans for Ewokie Talkie. “I make music because I enjoy it and hopefully people will like it. I don’t really have an ultimate goal. I’ve sort of just accepted that I enjoy this too much to ever just stop. Everything that happens along the way is secondary to how I feel when i’m just sitting my space creating.”

You can keep up with Ewokie Talkie on Facebook and Soundcloud. If you want to see him after ORANJE, he’ll be playing a show on September 19th in St. Louis for an event called “Brave New World” that is put on by a collective called Far Fetched, and releasing an EP soon after with the collective.

Veseria

Veseria can describe their sound in only three words: rock and roll.

People used to always ask the group to describe their sound in the beginning, but they didn’t want to limit their songwriting by getting stuck on sub-genres. So they didn’t and simply stuck with rock and roll, which has proven to be a critical part in their creative process.

This is Veseria’s second year as an ORANJE participant (the band played in 2012), and not only have they released their sophomore album, Voyager, but they are also working on some new tunes to showcase. “Going into a second performance at this event is even more exciting than the first because we know just how much fun it is. The energy at ORANJE is undeniable – you have artists, performers and musicians all bringing their A-game and the level of creativity is at it’s highest. It’s truly a special night for Indianapolis every year.”

Veseria came together the way many bands do, by banging on the keys, pounding on the drums and breaking several thousand strings until they discovered how to make music during the destruction. “Songwriting has always been a deeply intimate process for us. Performing is a very different story. It’s a fight with our instruments. You pluck and pull and pound until the right sound comes out of your keyboard, guitar or drum – all the while hollering your most intimate thoughts and ponderings into a microphone.”

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So what is it about living in Indianapolis that the members of Veseria love? “Indy’s music scene is still young compared to other big cities which is thrilling for it’s active participants. The sky’s the limit and we’re still writing our own history – that makes it a really fun place to create.”

Veseria plays around 10 shows in Indianapolis per year with more scattered around the region. Most of their shows in the past year have been in Fountain Square venues like Hi-Fi or Radio Radio. In March, they had their album release at The Irving which has been a notable performance for the group. “Shine Indy and Grizzly Music Company really pulled out all the stops and made us feel really cool for a night. There’s no one in town doing what they’re doing and it’s an honor to get to work with them.”

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Veseria is hoping to release another project that they’ve had in the works by the end of 2015, but until then they’ll be on the road spreading Voyager around the midwest and beyond. The group doesn’t define their success by what others have done, but instead focus on trying to one-up themselves and go a little bit further each year. “We’ll be starting a national campaign in 2015 to really see how far we can take this thing.”

We can’t wait to have Veseria back to play on September 13, and the band joins in our excitement about this year’s event. “There’s simply no other event like it in Indianapolis. It’s huge. It’s fun. And you’ll walk away from it more and more in love with Indianapolis every year you attend. We’re also really excited for everyone to see Brother O’ Brother perform. They are such an incredible band and the city doesn’t even know about them yet.”

You can keep up with Veseria on Facebook and their website. Don’t miss their performance on September 13 at ORANJE 2014! “We’re nice people. Come say hi. We’d love to meet you.”

Brother O’ Brother

Starting in the Summer of 2013, Brother O’ Brother began making music with one major message in mind: love

This musical duo has a sound akin to a heavier, fuzzier version of early White Stripes mixed in with psychedelic and garage rock influences. As first year ORANJE participants, the two are planning on a live show to blow you away. “People want to be entertained and engaged, not hear a recital, and we take a lot of pride in making sure we are an engaging live experience.”

This two piece band consists of Chris Banta on guitar/vocals and Warner Swopes on the drums. Banta started playing music at the age of 12. He got his blues kick from his parents, who introduced him to The Black Keys at Indy Jazz Fest in 2002. Swopes also started at a young age, beginning on the drums at age 10. Listening to a lot of James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac, he became really interested in the beats. The two came together and with the help of Brian “Bone” Thorburn at Threshold Studios, they recently released their first 7′ vinyl (that you can pick up at their online merch store) along with a new full length album.

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While this group is relatively new (about a year old), they haven’t wasted any time. Brother O’ Brother has performed with bands such as Diarrhea Planet, Cadaver Dogs, North Bye North, The Addies and Kinda Good. “Our best performance is probably either at Emporium Barcade in Chicago in July or our last show with Diarrhea Planet at The Hoosier Dome. People were hanging from the rafters, falling on stage, and Chris even crowd surfed while soloing last time at the Dome. At Emporium at the end of our set it got so rowdy we set off the smoke alarm.”

What are Brother O’ Brother’s plans for the future? “Just to try to expand, grow and see what happens. In the short term, we are working on doing some smaller tours and more regional shows as we push towards touring longer stints at a time next year. Our families and faith come first, but we are excited about the rapid growth we have had and are eager to continue to put our best foot forward and see what happens.”

We asked Brother O’ Brother why they think people should attend ORANJE. “Not only to support local and regional artists, but to support your horizons. I think people often fail to realize just how many great bands and artists there are in Indiana. This event puts a ton of them all in one location at the same time. Also, you should want to see Brother O’ Brother. It’s good for your health.”

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If you want to check out Brother O’ Brother before ORANJE 2014, they will be performing at the Blessed is He reunion show at The Gear (Franklin, IN) on August 9 and also at The Bishop (Bloomington, IN) on September 11 with Goodbye June (Nashville).

You can keep up with Brother O’ Brother on their Facebook page, and make sure to catch them on September 13 at ORANJE!

Tied To Tigers

Tied To Tigers is a musical project by Matthew Corken that has two sides: a solo aspect and a full band. On the solo side, Corken loops multiple instruments ranging from percussion to guitars and vocals, creating the idea of building a song from the ground up, almost like showing how a song is composed. On the other side is the full band, which has an indie rock feel with influences from electronic sounds and old blues guitar riffs.

Corken grew up surrounded by music. His mother was an Indianapolis musician that played in cover bands, and Corken would always go to their practices with interest and curiosity. Once he was in 7th grade, he started playing guitar with a band of Butler and North Central students. Since then, he’s been playing in different projects such as Gin and Tonic, The Urban Rednecks, The Working Hour, The Post Script and now Tied To Tigers.

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Corken has come a long way with his Tied To Tigers project. Now, he has monthly shows at Connor’s Pub, The Monkey’s Tale, Flatwater, Britton Tavern, The Melody Inn, Bourbon Street and Social. He has played at the Slamology car and truck show with his full band along with opening for DJ Craze at The Vogue. He even opened for The Plain White Tees at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Coke Zero Music Fest!

For ORANJE, TTT will be performing a full band show featuring the core three musicians and a synth player alongside a DJ, mostly playing songs off of this fall’s Tied To Tigers release. This will be Tied To Tigers’ first time being in ORANJE. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of the event and see all the amazing artists that are a part of it this year.”

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Coming up after ORANJE, Tied to Tigers is playing a full band show at The Monkey’s Tale on October 18, a solo show at Social on October 24 and will be in the second round of the Birdy’s battle on October 25 as a full band. The first full band EP will be available online and on vinyl at the end of October along a second EP online and on vinyl in December.

Make sure to check out Tied To Tigers on October 12 at ORANJE 2013! Parting words from Corken: “You, him, her, them, us, all together, we gather.”

Shimmercore

Shimmercore, better known as Mike Contreras, has been in and around the Indianapolis music scene since 2001, and chances are that if you love music, you’ve seen him. He has played with an impressive roster of bands, such as Pop Lolita, The Shivers, Lunar Event, Red Light Driver, The Playboy Psychonauts, Dead Princess Black Unicorn, Thee Pernicious Unicats and The Shake Weights.

Growing up being involved in music since the first grade, Contreras used to listen to his parents’ Beatles records and his older sister’s KISS records, starting to learn how to play the guitar when he was 13 years old. Throughout the years since then, he has taught himself how to play a multitude of instruments, including drums, bass, keyboards, accordion, harmonica and even sitar! He uses these instruments to incorporate different sounds into his recordings. “My next album will be an instrumental acoustic 12-string guitar and sitar plea for world peace and transcendental meditation,” said Contreras. “It will probably be available by the time ORANJE rolls around.”

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Shimmercore has always been Mike’s solo song writing project, and now, after a few album releases, he has put together a band of musicians to help bring these songs to stage, which he describes as “psychedelic drone-pop.” He starts by writing a melody or phrase that he sings to himself, building from that melody and constructing the music accordingly. “I used to write music first and try to paste words over it, and that usually ended up with a weak vocal melody. I mostly write music that I would be into and wish there was a band or more bands that played this type of music locally.”

When it comes to Indy’s local music scene, Shimmercore tries to perform at least once or twice a month locally. He’s shared the stage with bands from many different music circles around town, with his favorite venues being The Vogue, Radio Radio, The White Rabbit Cabaret, Indy’s Jukebox and The Melody Inn. Some of his favorite local musicians right now include Drill Alaska, KO, Stagnant Pools, DJ Crookshanks, No Direction, Mr Clit & The Pink Cigarettes and Deezen.

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Over the years, Contreras has been an ORANJE attendee and has played in other bands that have participated in the past. “I’m really interested in seeing the artwork. It’s great to be a part of something so big and full of creativity.”

What does Shimmercore have planned for the future of his music? “To continue to write/record/produce albums and play some cool shows. Hopefully, within the year, more of the Shimmercore releases will make it to vinyl.”

You can keep up with Shimmercore on Facebook, Bandcamp, Twitter…and make sure to catch the live performance on October 12 at ORANJE!

 

Jomberfox

Meet Jomberfox, a rock and roll band made up of Nick Vote, Nick Mallers, David Sullivan, Andy Salge and Alex Kercheval.

This fairly new band morphed into Jomberfox from a previous project called Genius Johnson, and as of right now has only played one show together which was at The Melody Inn. But don’t mistake that for thinking this band is new to the Indy music scene, because between everyone in the band’s past and current projects, they’ve played nearly everywhere in the city. “What is so great about being in this band is that it doesn’t even closely resemble the music everyone plays outside of it,” said Nick Vote.

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You might recognize some of the guys in Jomberfox from other well-known bands in Indy. Andy Salge (bass) and Dave Sullivan (guitar) play in the local band Blue Moon Revue, Nick Mallers (drums) played previously with Lady Moon, and Alex Kercheval (guitar/keys/producer/engineer) has recently worked on projects with Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, We are Hex, Musical Family Tree and The Icks.

This will be the band’s first time playing ORANJE together. “Anything that showcases local art and music is awesome,” said Vote. “I’ve really enjoyed being exposed to new artists I might not have otherwise heard of without an event like ORANJE.”

So what can you expect from Jomberfox in the near future? “Our goal is to keep making music we like. We all agree that making great records is key to everyone’s happiness in this project. We are currently wrapping up mixing our first EP and are all pretty excited about getting some music into people’s hands.”

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Want to check out Jomberfox before October 12? You can catch them live at WARMfest on Sunday, August 31 as well as at The Melody Inn on September 25 with Pravada. You can find them on Musical Family Tree, Twitter and Facebook.

Blake Allee

More than just a musician, Blake Allee is a producer, writer and recording pro, mixing, mastering and sampling all of his own music.

This one man machine does all of his own projects from beginning to end, only involving others who are featured in songs when he records. “I love the concept of making something on my own and giving it directly to the people,” Allee said. “No middle man. No mainstream rapper does that. I even Photoshop my own covers.”

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A self-proclaimed loner, Allee creates during the night but writes all day long, constantly on a notepad jotting down new ideas. Right now, he has three phones full of lyrics and over 20 notebooks full of ideas that have come spewing out of Allee’s brain and into writing. And when he’s not writing, he’s performing in his bedroom to a small crowd of invisible people who seem to approve of what he’s putting out.

One thing that is obvious about Allee is how passionate he is about his music, which he describes as “like a microwave timer going off when you’re really hungry, more futuristic than futuristic.” Indy’s local music scene has provided an outlet for him to perform and meet other like-minded people who are on a similar path as him. This year, he released his latest project called Televisionn (which you can grab for free at www.blakeallee.com), but he’s still working on new music every day.

So what does Allee hope the future holds for him in his musical journey? “To keep innovating and pushing the boundaries of music. Anybody can grab a beat and rap. I am more concerned with taking sound to places it hasn’t been before, going as far as I can go honestly. Also, to keep interacting with fans; they are very interesting people. One of them can blow his own booger directly from his nose into his mouth!”

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Although Allee has been to ORANJE two times as a guest, this will be his first year as a performer. So what does he love about ORANJE? “How it brings art and music together. I look at music as more of an art form than just entertainment and sound. So I love the whole concept about ORANJE.”

If you want to check out Allee’s work before October 12, you can keep up with him on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and his website!

Rugged Russian Bear

Imagine what would happen if you had a really good mix of David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), Weezer and Delta Spirit, resulting in a folky punk indie sound. Well, that sums up what Rugged Russian Bear is all about, and luckily for you, they’re playing at ORANJE on October 12!

Playing with bands such as The Bonesetters, And Away They Go, Neulore (Nashville) and Kisses For Free, Rugged Russian Bear is made up of vocalist/guitarist Mike Brewer, bassist/vocalist Cory Miller and drummer/guitarist Jacob Eaton. Beginning as Bob Dylan-esque folk music featuring only an acoustic guitar and harmonica, RRB has evolved into a quirky rock band with a three part harmony that speaks of love, triumph, failure, imagination, supernatural, travel and just plain life.

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All three members of RRB come from musical backgrounds and have been performing since they were children, including being involved in teenage rock bands. Like many others before them, it all started with just listening to and falling in love with music, coming to a realization that it is what you want to do forever, no matter what. The band puts a lot of blood, sweat and tears into making music and recording it, but especially love playing live shows. Being a three-piece band, their live sound is pretty stripped down but is full of sound and passion.

The trio is currently in the middle of recording their first full length album, slated to be out this winter. The very tight and consistent band plays, on average, about two times per month. “Every show we play is awesome and fun in it’s own way, but we have had a few exceptionally fun shows,” said Brewer. “One of which was a show we played at Indy’s Jukebox a little over a year ago. Unfortunately, the show got a late start and we got bumped to playing last. By the time we went on, it was like 1:30 or 2:00 am and there was no one there except the sound guy, bartenders and one of the other bands. It was just one of those shows where nothing seemed to be going right, so we were all pretty frustrated. Naturally, we took it out on the stage! We turned everything up really loud, put a lot of fuzz on guitar and bass, played really fast and just punked out the show!”

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Rugged Russian Bear has some tight ties with other local bands in Indianapolis and sings their praises. Right now, they are digging Caleb McCoach and SM Wolf. “Caleb McCoach’s album Songs From an Empty Shore is inspiring, but when he mixes it up with a full band at one of his live shows, it really brings them to life. SM Wolf’s stuff is some of the best music being made in Indy right now. Also, have to give a shout out to The Bonesetters. We have been good friends with these guys for a long time, and they are some hard-working dudes!”

Some of the bands that RRB is looking forward to seeing at ORANJE 2013 include Shimmercore, Indian City Weather, Rusty Redenbacher and The Bearded Lucys. “There are some really great acts playing this year; local music can’t thrive without your support! It’s such a great atmosphere, a real festival crammed into one day without all the expensive travel.”

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So where does the band see themselves going in the future? “Getting this album that we are working on finished, mastered and out to the public is a major, major goal right now. Long term? Is Rock Stardom too much to ask?”

Keep up with Rugged Russian Bear on Facebook, Twitter and their website!