The Working Hour: Piano Balladry for a Broken Heart

“Industrious” only begins to describe Indianapolis band The Working Hour. The two founding members of the group, pianist/vocalist/guitarist Andrew Riesmeyer and drummer/vocalist Pete Doherty, began playing together as The Urban Rednecks when they were both only twelve years old. Now, eight years later, both musicians are twenty and their band has evolved from its noisy, sloppy roots to become The Working Hour, a polished quartet of Indianapolis musicians who play heartfelt, hook laden piano rock in the vein of The Fray, Something Corporate, and Ben Folds.

Video of The Working Hour performing live at Locals Only Art and Music Pub in Indianapolis


The Working Hour’s newest record, Unbreakable, is the result of two years of toil. The band spent many eight hour days experimenting with different sounds, even making use of looping and electronica to try to pin down their own unique voice. The Working Hour even got some help from Indianapolis punk group The Zero Boys, who provided lots of training on the business end of Indianapolis music as well as the artistic side. Not surprising for the band’s age, Unbreakable is about a relationship that went awry and the beautiful big fish that got away from the writer’s slippery grasp. Loaded with infectious hooks, top notch piano balladry, and some swirling background effects that create a textured, hazy canvas for Riesmeyer’s plaintive vocals and emotive playing, Unbreakable is the latest accomplishment for an Indianapolis band that has slowly been perfecting their art.

Video of an interview and in studio radio session on WCRD 91.3 FM with Indianapolis band The Working Hour


The Working Hour (whose name is derived from a Tears for Fears song) have been taking their talent all over the Circle City. The group has performed at countless Indianapolis music venues in all six Indianapolis cultural districts. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, CT Peppers, Moon Dog Tavern, Birdy’s Bar & Grill, the Rathskeller Restaurant, Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, Indiana, Jillian’s Downtown, Locals Only, and even Indianapolis high schools like North Central High School have succumbed to The Working Hour’s soulful siren song, drawing in crowds and selling lots of records. The Working Hour is a pretty common sight every weekend in downtown Indianapolis, Broad Ripple Village, and Mass Ave.

Video of Indianapolis band The Working Hour working in the studio on “Independence Day,” a song from their new record, “Unbreakable.”


Aside from Unbreakable, the band’s so-far crowning achievement, The Working Hour has released a slew of EP’s and one other full length record. Most of the EP’s were released as The Urban Rednecks, including 2005’s Pretty Girls, 2006’s Sessions at The Lodge and Colder, and 2007’s Cathedrals. Also in 2007, The Working Hour released their first full length, Take to the Streets. Since the band’s inception, the duo has added two other members, John Newell on lead guitar and Ethan Walden on bass. Throughout the band’s eight year career, they’ve garnered praise from many Indianapolis media outlets, including NUVO Newsweekly (who did a full length feature on the band in 2009), the Bob and Tom Show, WTTS 92.3 FM, and more.

Video of behind the scenes at a live television performance by The Working Hour, an Indianapolis band


If you’re any kind of music fan at all, you know what a soothing balm a good record can be on your heart. Bands like Elliott Smith, Death Cab for Cutie, Stars, and every emo band that’s ever existed have proven time and time again that a good melody and a solid beat can be a kind of catharsis that therapy just can’t match. The Working Hour take this idea to well tread but still relevant heights with Unbreakable, the fruit of two years of songwriting and soul searching. The Working Hour continues to play at music venues around the United States and in their hometown of Indianapolis, constantly trying to reach the pinnacle of their sound. Though a lot of work has already been put into this industrious band, they still haven’t quite hit it big; maybe another two years of hard work will change all that.

For more information on The Working Hour, including show dates, song samples, videos, and more, visit The Working Hour’s homepage.

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