When Philadelphia based band mewithoutYou released their fourth studio album, 2009’s It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright (yes, that’s the real and full title), their fans were a little bit skeptical. The group’s roots are in the hardcore scene, though their later releases have transcended the genre; classic albums like Catch for Us the Foxes and Brother, Sister combined scaling, thick guitars and pounding, deliberate drums with a deluge of spoken word vocals culled from the chaotic brain of frontman Aaron Weiss. The songs had the angular construction of post punk, the hoarse shouting of hardcore, and poetic nuances in the lyrics that drew listeners in and often left them scratching their heads. But on It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright, the group took on a quieter, more gentle approach to songwriting. The great lyrics were still there, but they were now encased in a easy to swallow pill of barrelhouse piano, jangling guitars, a splash of accordion, and other eclectic instruments usually reserved for orchestras and community bands.
|Video of mewithoutYou performing “January 1979” live at Cornerstone in 2007; mewithoutYou will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend|
Though their 2009 release might have alienated a few diehard fans, it took the band in a new direction that will breathed new life into the almost ten year old group. Regardless of aesthetic changes, mewithoutYou still puts on one of the better shows in the genre just by value of sheer earnestness. On Saturday, August 7, you’ll have the chance to decide whether mewithoutYou has changed for the better or for the worse; the band will be playing in Indianapolis at one of the more intimate of the Circle City‘s music venues, Earth House Collective, so you’ll get the chance to compare the old with the new. mewithoutYou will likely pack the Indianapolis business to capacity when they roll through Indy with Bloomington‘s Murder by Death and Philadelphia’s Buried Beds, a group that lent backup vocals to It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright.
|Video interview with Aaron Weiss, lead singer of mewithoutYou; mewithoutYou will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend|
While mewithoutYou alone will likely draw tons of fans to the Indianapolis music venue, the presence of Murder by Death will seal the deal. This Indianapolis band is on the rise; their hometown is in the nearby home of Indiana University, so hometown fans won’t have far to drive to make the Indianapolis event on Saturday. Murder by Death recently released a new album, 2010’s Good Morning, Magpie, which further cemented the band’s place in the chamber pop/Americana genre. The Indianapolis music group has an eclectic sound palette; the cello is featured in lots of Murder by Death tracks, lending the band’s tales of revenge, woe, and Gothic depression a dramatic, haunting air. Both mewithoutYou and Murder by Death rely heavily on lyrical wordplay and storytelling in their songs, so it should be a good combination at Earth House Collective on Saturday night.
|Music video for “As Long as There is Whiskey in the World” by Murder by Death; Murder by Death will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend|
Though not as high profile as bill mates mewithoutYou and Murder by Death, Buried Beds is something of a sensation in the Philadelphia music scene. Formed in 2003, Buried Beds quickly garnered the attention of local media when they won the “Best Band” award by Philadelphia Magazine in their “Best of Philly” issue, an honor similar to winning one of NUVO Newsweekly‘s “Best of Indy” awards. The band’s members have performed in lots of different bands around the Philadelphia area, and singer Eliza Jones has done backing vocals for several nationally known indie groups, including mewithoutYou, Man Man, and Dr. Dog. Buried Beds plays an eclectic mix of chamber pop and Americana, utilizing found percussion, banjos, glockenspiel, and more to create a sunny, dazzling soundscape that’s full of good feelings and lovely harmonies.
|Video of Buried Beds performing live in Philadelphia; Buried Beds will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend|
This Indianapolis event promises to be a good time for any Indianapolis music fan, so head on out to Mass Ave to see mewithoutYou, Murder by Death, and Buried Beds on Saturday, August 7 at the Earth House Collective. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the show begins at 7:00 p.m. You won’t find any groups like this lineup around any of the six Indianapolis cultural districts, and Earth House Collective isn’t the biggest Indianapolis music venue, so you should buy your tickets early to avoid being turned away at the door. While mewithoutYou’s sound may have changed, their knack for putting on memorable, involved shows certainly hasn’t, so be sure to check them out when they make their stop in the Circle City with Murder by Death and Buried Beds.
mewithoutYou, Murder by Death, and Buried Beds at Earth House Collective
Saturday, August 7, 2010
237 East Street
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