“Leave me where the kids are alright, and we will all go down together.” No doubt an apt theme for Ted Leo’s upcoming Indianapolis concert. Leo has been rocking crowds with his band The Pharmacists for more than a decade now. The alternative rock band makes its way to Indianapolis this week. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists headline a Thursday night concert at the Earth House Collective on July 28. Opening acts include Tweak Bird, Freddie T and The People. This evening of Indianapolis music brings the best indie bands to Hoosiers for only $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Though Ted Leo and the Pharmacists formed in 1999 and have toured for more than a decade, Leo is the only constant member of the band. As the creative force behind the band’s ragged yet easy sound, Leo writes music that is challenging and energetic. He blends influences from punk, indie and traditional rock with a flavoring of folk and dub reggae. After breaking from his previous band, Chisel, Leo started his current band as a solo project. Though he has played with several different well known groups including The Sin Eaters and The Spinanes, it wasn’t until The Pharmacists that Leo hit his stride as a master songwriter and performer.
The band first signed with Lookout! Records in 2001 and recorded their breakout album: The Tyranny of Distance. The purposefully raw music revealed Leo’s penchant for dabbling as he included songs with musical styles that leaned toward Celtic rock, acoustic folk balladry and pop rock. While touring on that album, Leo adopted bassist Dave Lerner, drummer Chris Wilson and keyboardist Dorien Garry as permanent members of the band. Prior to recording their 2004 album, Shake the Sheets both Garry and guitarist James Canty broke ties and went their separate ways.
Shake the Sheets furthered Leo’s evolution as he explored political themes. In addition, the tour of the album gave him his first taste of success with the single “Me and Mia.” In 2006, the band left Lookout! Records for Touch and Go Records. Under the new label, they released Living with the Living, and hit the road. Their extensive tour to large and small venues fostered Leo’s musical growth and the bands overall popularity. By reaching crowds of thousands at concerts like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Pitchfork Music Festival, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists found a solid fan base.
Their next, and latest, studio album The Brutalist Bricks hit record stores in March of 2010. The monthly Canadian music magazine Exclaim! named the album the number three punk record of that year. In addition, it reached number 11 on the United States Independent Albums Chart.
Opening for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are the LA based Tweak Bird, the Cincinnati based Freddie T and the California based The People. Don’t miss an amazing Indianapolis event at the Earth House Collective this Thursday, July 28. Before the show, grab a bite to eat at any of these Indianapolis restaurants in the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Mass Ave. Afterward, bask in the glorious feeling of live music over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Earth House Collective
237 North East Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204