On their new record, Buzzard, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s have trimmed the fat a little bit. “No violins or trumpets or additional drummers on this one,” frontman Richard Edwards said in a 2010 interview with the blog Pittsburgh Music Report, “Just a good ‘ol guitar album.” And a guitar album it is; one listen to “New York City Hotel Blues,” a new track up on Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s MySpace page, proves that Edwards and company are moving in a new direction. A warm, noisy guitar riff is the main centerpiece for the song, caustic cymbals and a driving beat crash around a steady bass line, and Edwards’ vocals have taken on a fuzzy garage sheen. The band itself has also shrunk in scope; the lineup for Buzzard features five So and So’s, down from the eight members the Indianapolis band previously had.
|Video of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s performing an early version of “New York City Hotel Blues” live in 2008; Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s will be playing in Indianapolis September 15|
Buzzard is scheduled to hit stores on September 21, but lucky Indianapolis music fans will get their chance to get their hands on the record six days early. On Wednesday, September 15, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s will be playing a special in store show at LUNA Music, a popular record store in the Indianapolis cultural district of Broad Ripple Village. This will mark the first time the band has played the record store, which is an Indianapolis music venue of sorts that has held small, intimate performances with some of the coolest bands in Indy and beyond, including Norman Oak, Tom Morello, Bill Callahan, Jookabox, Grey Granite, Beta Male, and plenty more. The band should benefit from its new, slimmer form; LUNA Music doesn’t exactly have a ton of room to move around in. But the best part of this Indianapolis event? The entry fee is a purchase of Buzzard. There’s no better deal in Indianapolis: see one of the Circle City‘s hometown heroes in an intimate setting for the price of a shiny new unreleased record.
|Video of Tom Morello performing “Guerilla Radio” live at LUNA Music in Indianapolis; Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s will be playing at LUNA Music September 15|
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s have been a fixture in the Indianapolis music scene for the past six years, ever since a slew of singles and a 7″ brought the band a cult following. Their 2006 full length debut, The Dust of Retreat, garnered attention from Indianapolis media with its take on Greenwich Village folk, combining sweeping instrumentation with simple, heartfelt melodies. Their second album was something of an anomaly; Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s had an idea of how they wanted the record to sound, but their label, Epic Records, thought differently. Hence the 2008 release of Animal! and Not Animal; Animal! features the track listing the So and So’s prefer, while Not Animal is Epic’s selection. It was a bold move that showed the band wasn’t willing to compromise musical vision for promises of mainstream success.
|Video of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s performing “As Tall As Cliffs” live; Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s will be playing in Indianapolis on September 15|
Buzzard should be another step forward for Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. It’s easy to rest on your laurels, especially when your first two efforts are cult classics in Indianapolis, but Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s continue their push into uncharted territory with a new lineup, new sound, and a new label. The band’s in-store performance at LUNA Music will take place on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. Price of admission is the cost of Buzzard ($19.99 on the band’s website); it’s up to you to decide whether you’re getting a complimentary record or a complimentary in-store performance.
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s at LUNA Music
Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m.
5202 N College Ave
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