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Lavender shines with creativity and thoughtful instrumentation on ‘New Shade’

Lavender, a three-piece emo/shoegaze band from St. Louis, Missouri, released their debut EP, New Shade, earlier today, featuring five tracks: “Bad Skin,” “I’m Away,” “Choke,” “Failed Attempt,” and “Rot.” If you’re looking for your grunge fix, look no further.

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We rate it: 4.5 / 5 stars
Favorite track: “Rot”

New Shade shines with creativity, primarily through its instrumentation. The EP’s composition might appear simple at first listen, but its contents are much more thought out than they seem. Undoubtedly, New Shade will justify Lavender as a respectable edition to the never ending genre of grunge, which, by the way, never fails to bring the rock ‘n’ roll.

Recently, Lavender unveiled a music video for their song, “Rot.” Check it out below.


Written by Lauren Van Houwe

Edited by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Photos via Facebook

stop.drop.rewind. offer a stunning, mature sound on ‘Polarity’ EP

What happens when emo kids grow up and acqure jazz degrees? Stop.drop.rewind happens.

Stop.drop.rewind., a progressive/powerpop band from Valparaiso, Indiana, have supplied sad, catchy jams to their fans since 2009. The three-piece band released two previous EPs, Part Of The Whole (2012) and Smoke Signals (2014), which both combined powerful lyrics with beautiful instrumentation.

[Photo cred: Kelsie Lunsford]

With a flavorful mix of jazz, indie, alternative, and pop, the guys worked together to create a stunning, melodic sound found on their brand new EP, Polarity. The EP is the band’s first release to feature their newest member, drummer Andy Sutton. Kris Lohn and DJ Cranston were the original members, jamming together since 2000. Since the release of their two prior EPs, the band offers a fuller, more mature sound.

Polarity has jams that will make you emotional, and others that will make you want to push-mosh your best friends. The first song, “Bottomless,” starts the EP off strong. The fast paced riffs and epic guitar solos will keep you hooked.

The second track, “Guts,” starts off mysterious, then progresses into an intense, melodic harmony. “Guts” was the first song SDR released to the public, most likely being their most popular track.

The fourth track, “Super Solider,” is also notable. With it’s catchy and well-written chorus, “Super Solider” will get stuck in your head, and you won’t even be mad about it.

The last song on the EP, “Quicksand,” has a very distinct opening, and continues to live up to the high expectations set by the previous songs. SDR made an excellent decision leaving “Quicksand” until the end, causing the EP to end just as strong as it began.

Polarity is out now, available for purchase as digital download and physical copies. Don’t miss the band’s EP release show tonight, Febraury 12, at the Franklin House in Valparaiso, Indiana for any fans 21 and over. All fans under 21 are encouraged to attend the band’s additional EP release show at Royal Skate Shop in Lansing, IL on February 20th at 5:30pm.

For more information, check out the band’s website!

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Written by Kelsie Lunsford

Edited by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Photo by Kelsie Lunsford

7th Society Raises Hell at Royal Skate Shop

Last Saturday, 7th Society presented Raising Hell Fest, its first all-hardcore show at Royal Skate Shop in Lansing, Illinois, featuring bands from Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Eastern Illinois. Royal’s was packed with roughly fifty local supporters who experienced a show they won’t soon forget.

[Photo cred: Kels Alonzo]

The show opened with LxVxC, hailing from Chicago Heights. Being the only band with a female vocalist on the entire lineup, the crowd was in for a treat. Starting with deep pig squeals followed by intense screaming, this new three-piece was impressive.

Next to the stage was Cut Ties, a relatively new hardcore band hailing from Chicago. Although the band had just begun earlier this year, they’re taking the scene by storm with strong lyrics and instrumentation. Prior to the show, Cut Ties had just released a new single, titled “Hopesick” off their upcoming EP, The Price of Life.

Following Cut Ties were Perpetual Defilement, a deathcore band from Chicago. The band released their EP, Helix in August of this year, which includes of their more popular songs, titled “Lord Helix,” a favorite for Pokemon nerds.

Little Village’s very own Through N Through were the next on the bill. Filling in for Muncie’s Archives, the band jumped on last minute, and came out swinging with the release of their newest EP, Defend. The EP contains two of their most popular songs, “Cut the Shit” and “Power.”

Her Eyes Glazed Over were next to perform. From their hometown of Lake Station, this five-piece deathcore band offered their audience a satisfying performance. The band released their latest EP, The Apocalypse in late August of this year, including songs such as “Doomsday” and “F.U.C.K.”

The newest addition to Northwest Indiana metal scene, known as Sleep Therapy were next to play. This six-piece band has their own unique style, presented both through their music and live performance. The band first released their single “Lifeless” in March 2015, then dropped their self-titled EP in mid-July, featuring “Consumed By Hate” and “False Reality.”

The second to last band to hit the stage was one that couldn’t be missed. Hailing from Joliet, grindcore band Torso has a vocalist, bassist, guitarist and drummer. What sets Torso apart, however, is that their drummer is also their vocalist. The band’s songs last only thirty seconds to a minute and a half, with lyrics that will make you want to beat up your best friend. Torso currently has a full-length EP out, titled Armless, which was released earlier this year. Their first music video for their song “The Cell” was dropped earlier this month.

Corruptor, Crown Point’s six-piece metal band, were the last band to hit the stage and undoubtedly drew the most attention. The band hasn’t made a stage appearance since December of last year but nevertheless, supporters were not disappointed. The band released their latest single “Anxiety” last year and played several of their older jams. Corruptor have been revived and fans everywhere are hoping for new music and more live performances in the near future.

Royal Skate Shop is a very popular venue, especially for local bands within the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland scene. The next few shows will be taking place at Big Shots in South Haven, the first of which will feature Bless The Fall, Stick To Your Guns and Emarosa on Friday, November 13.

BRP would like to give a special thanks to the 7th Society for putting on a killer show, Jake Anderson and Michael Robinson for helping with this lineup and putting this together, Royal Skate Shop for providing an amazing venue and all the bands and supporters for coming together and sticking around!

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Written by Kels Alonzo

Edited by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Jamboree Fest 2015 offered slams, sad jams, Star Wars and “unexpected” John Cena

Jamboree Fest wrapped up a summer of excellent festivals and shows for the Indiana music scene. The event drew several bands from neighboring states such as Illinois and Michigan and others not far from their hometown. The stage sat in the midst of Montpelier’s street fair, which not only allowed for easy access to carnival food but also the perfect opportunity to scare “normal people” with a taste of the scene’s “unique” genres of music. I mean, did you see those biker dudes during Fallow Land’s set?

Although funnel cakes and abnormally large corn dogs are tempting, the most attractive aspect of this fest was its variety of musicians and genres. Fresh, new bands such as Anzio and Fallow Land played alongside some of East Central Indiana’s finest locals, including Archives and We Love You. Attendees sang along to Safe House’s classic tunes, then kicked it with bands they maybe haven’t seen or heard of before. Overall—a must-see event.

Fallow Land, hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan performed an electrifying set with vocalist Whit Fineberg leading the charge. Although deceptively quiet offstage, the band had no issue capturing the audience’s attention with the first note and holding it until the last chord. If you missed Fallow Land at the fest, check ‘em out here.

Following Fallow Land was Hogarth, performing in their hometown of Montpelier. Do not underestimate this three-piece band—this musical powerhouse is a force to be reckoned with, made up of familiar music scene members Cj Jones, Trae Roberts and Travis Scriba. The audience knew what to expect before the band even took the stage—a passionate and well-executed performance fluent from one song to the next. Hogarth might be new to the scene, but it’s just a matter of time until they dominate every show lineup to come.

Shortly after, Anzio took the stage and undoubtedly gained quite a few new fans from their audience. Traveling all the way from Rockford, Illinois, the guys in Anzio play some serious music but lightened the mood by cracking a few jokes between each song. Anzio’s set was everything an attendee could ask for: Star Wars dialogue, “unexpected” John Cena and mind-blowing jams coupled with an unforgettable stage presence. As far as the lineup of bands new to the Indiana scene goes, Anzio takes the gold for the best set.

Later that day, Plans performed, and as vocalist Cody Almond perfectly summed up: “We’re the saddest band you’ve never heard of.” Originally from Indianapolis, Plans is slowly taking the scene by storm one show at a time with their depressingly addictive jams. With no Facebook page, no recordings and no merch, this band is  mystery, but a mystery we can’t get enough of. Facebook and merch aside, Plans is pulling large crowds with audience members already memorizing the lyrics to “Answering Machine.” You can bet by the time Plans’ merch is printed, it will sell out. As soon as their music is recorded, it will blow up. And as soon as the band gets on the Facebook train, we’ll all be following to see what they have in store for us next.

Jamboree offered up many talented acts, from slams to sad jams. However, the best part of the night wasn’t just the music or the brief golf cart glowstick parade (yeah, that happened), there was an even deeper underlying cause. Throughout the night, donations were raised for show host Travis Scriba and Kelsie Ring, a friend of the scene who suffered terrible injuries from a motorcycle accident. From donations, merch sales and intense games of Super Smash Bros., Hogarth and its members raised nearly $300 for Kelsie and her recovery.

If you were unable to attend the event, you can donate to Kelsie here. Don’t forget to RSVP to both benefit shows for Kelsie, coming up in October and featuring Indiana locals Sermos, We Love You, Guilt Trip, Oceans Grey, Archives and many more!

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Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Edited by Lina Olsauskas

Photo by Chelsea Renee Scofield

REVIEW: Oceans Grey Benefit Show at B&D’s Melee Hall, May 9, 2015

Last Saturday, B&D’s Melee Hall hosted another successful show, bringing together approximately fifty local supporters for one unforgettable night. By the end of the night, seven bands performed, one nose was broken, and according to Buddy Geesaman, co-owner of the venue, $200 was raised and given to the members of Oceans Grey to replace their equipment that was stolen while on tour.

The night started off with local rock band American Living, playing their very first B&D’s Melee Hall performance. American Living started the night off strong with an authentic sound and contagious energy.

Second to the stage was We Love You, Marion’s very own “emo cat lovers.” We Love You’s passionate music never fails to engage it’s audience, bringing out the “emo cat lover” in all of us.

Safe House was third to perform, pop punk band hailing from Indianapolis. With their highly anticipated debut EP, Finding Some Stability, set to release on May 19, the band performed several songs from the new release. The group also sold “bootleg” copies of the album at the show for three dollars.

Oceans Grey took the stage immediately after, giving an excellent performance to their fans and benefactors. The hardcore/metal band from Whiteland, Indiana performed a few songs from their debut EP, Simon Says. Oceans Grey finished off the performance with their popular cover of “Bulls On Parade”, originally performed by Rage Against The Machine.

The fifth band to perform was Plagued By Humanity, death metal/hardcore/slam group from Fort Wayne, Indiana. The group’s heavy sound erupted a crowd reaction that could not be topped.

Next to perform was Archives, metalcore band from Muncie, Indiana. The band performed several songs, some old and some new, including “Loveless.” The group’s newest song, “Graveyard” received a positive reaction from the audience.

Finishing off the night, Inheritors, melodic metal/hardcore dads from Eaton, Indiana was last, but not least, to take the stage. Since their first performance in over six months just a couple weeks earlier, the group showed even more improvement during their performance.

Just a few short weeks since the grand opening, B&D’s Melee Hall has become an important and respected installment in the East Central Indiana music scene. With summer kicking off, one can expect things to heat up at the venue as well, offering more shows and a place for all ages to hang out this summer.

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Photo: Oceans Grey, by Errick X Easterday

Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

REVIEW: B&D’s Melee Hall Grand Opening Show, April 25, 2015

B&D’s Melee Hall, Muncie’s new all ages venue, held their grand opening show last Friday, on April 25, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Melee Hall hosted a full house and the performances were nothing short of impressive.

The night opened with For This We Exist, a progressive/rock band from Alexandria, Indiana. This group played a few of their songs, including “Your Moment” and “Revenge Is A Four Letter Word.”

Broadcast City performed next, a relatively new metalcore group from Muncie, Indiana. With their debut performance only a couple months ago, this band is turning heads with their fresh sound and contagious energy.

Third to take the stage was Muncie’s very own Archives, performing popular songs, such as “Ultimatum” and “Unwelcome.” During their set, frontman Elijah Dale announced that it would be their last live performance of their hit song “Unwelcome.” Taking full advantage of the situation, fans rallied and created an unforgettable farewell to the song- for both band and fans alike. According to the band, that set was their best performance to date and resulted in a memory that no one will soon forget.

Taking the stage next was Hell Came Home, a band established in 2013 in Muncie. The heavy metal sound radiated throughout the room- causing an electric performance. This band attracted an audience of all ages, including younger children who didn’t hesitate to rock out.

Inheritors, a melodic metal/hardcore band from Eaton, Indiana was next in the line up. After a couple lineup changes, the band was back and ready to impress for the first time in over six months. The group performed their brand new song, “Carrier”, while vocalist Buddy Geesaman showered the crowd with the band’s merchandise. Inheritors did not disappoint, proving to the Muncie scene that they’re back and better than ever.

Hailing from Indianapolis, newly signed Victory Records rock/alternative/punk powerhouse Foreveratlast, was sixth to perform at the show. Vocalist Brittany Paris never ceases to impress her fans with her combination of both clean and unclean vocals. The band played several songs, including “Demon Fighter.”

Cincinnati native band All My Friends Are Dead brought the evening to a close. The melodic metal group performed fan favorites “Waypoints” and “Identity”, keeping energy high and concluding the night on a good note.

B&D’s Melee Hall grand opening was an overwhelming success with excellent performances and an even better audience attendance and energy. B&D’s next show is this Friday, May 1, 2015. The show will be a fundraiser for Mayhem in Muncie 3, a festival featuring hardcore and metalcore local bands scheduled for late May. If you enjoyed the grand opening show, I would strongly suggest coming out for this show too! Not only is it for a good cause, but a great chance to hear more hard working and talented bands! Support your local scene, come jam!

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Photo: Foreveratlast, by Errick X Easterday

Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Edited by Lina Olsauskas