We are currently working w/ Ben Blank at his home studio in West Austin (www.benblankmedia.com), tracking songs for the new album. It's been a real blast and we can't wait to play these new tunes for you all. We haven't played live in quite a while but we've got a cool show coming up in Austin on January 15 2010, which will probably be the first time we play these songs live. We'll have new merch for sale too, and as a holiday special, we're giving away our debut album as a free download to anyone who joins our streetteam. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, city and state you live in, email address, and if you'd like us to send you exclusive schwag and demos to give out to friends, also include your physical mailing address. Again we want to thank all of you for your patience and support, expect to hear some new music from us soon. -INDOFIN
Foo's first thought hear is Sublime meets The Chili Peppers. But, there is some creative old school here with Indofin; by the time you get to the crazy intro and exit of "Boozer Holiday", it's obvious that these guys have partied with Pink Floyd. Yeah, who hasn't. And perhaps judging from the band's personal reasons for wanting to be on Foo's Famous Reviews (of which the Foo will not quote here) these cats have had a party with the best of them.
Now Foo will briefly flash the wok with a pinch of hot spices and give just a hint of warning to this band of misfits - get a manager who rolls like a rock star but, can also kick your ass and talktheir way out of five Chinese finger puzzles at the same time. Problem solved.
Ok, now that the dish is spicy, a bit more about the underlying flavors. This band of already infamous musicians pushes out a heavy mix of reggae/rock, with moments of rage like a punk band and absolutely remarkable segways and intros that resemble the tricks of psychedelic yester-year.
Hmmm... now Foo will very carefully put the finishing touches on this dish. Foo knows nothing of this 'Bubble' recording place (Foo is East Coast), for the most part the recording is top notch. Perhaps some creative care could be taken with the vocal harmonies. Foo thinks that they are to close together and thus adds confusion to the mix. Confusion spawns fear and from
there one is helplessly spun into the dark side..or..um, one might have the tendency to waiver in pitch. So this paragraph is not really about the sound as much as it is production. Maybe Foo suggests that they plan out the harmonies with a bit more spatial harmony - try one low instead of dancing in the same octave. If anyone has a set of those tiny pipes lying around, go high every now and then. Maybe even the high guy (duh-huh) would use a mildly blended effect like chorus or that hot little MXR flange -you know, the orange one that Foo's friend stole from him in collage.
Isaac: What was the best part of 2008 for you musically?
Indofin: I [Albert, our bassist] decided to go to school for recording arts, we wrote and worked on a bunch of new songs, and made the major decision to keep the band together even though we were down to three of the original five members.
Isaac: What do you feel was your biggest accomplishment for 2008?
Indofin: We got perform on major network television once. Our bassist's [Albert's] father passed away in the spring of 2008, about a month before our fifth US tour which was looking quite promising. We also had quite a few regional dates around Texas booked already. Anyway, he [Albert] had to leave the country twice and we basically cancelled all our upcoming shows (about 25 gigs) and whatever immediate plans we had, and we just didn't jam or practice or play shows at all for about 6 months. In the fall, we started doing some gigs again at home and in 2009, after Albert had been in school for awhile, he started bringing us into the studio to record our new songs which was when new life emerged in Indofin.
Isaac: Describe the music scene in area.
Indofin: It is highly competitive and cutthroat in Austin TX. There more and more crooked promoters these days and very few bands actually make a living just performing. A few show promoters have adapted the Los Angeles method of making bands [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]sell [COLOR=blue !important]tickets[/color][/color][/color] to the shows they are booked on. Most bands actually don't get paid at all, and you really gotta work to get a good crowd to your show since on any given day of the week there are so many options in terms of concerts to go to. The local music scene is struggling against big business, sound ordinances, and a growing population in a relatively small area. But events like Austin City Limits, SXSW, and other numerous live music events bring thousands of people from all over the world and they are a major part of the city's economy. But as we said, any night of the week there's a good band playing, which is cool.
Isaac: What has been the best venue to perform at and why?
Indofin: We've always enjoyed playing at Stubbs in Austin TX. The first time we played there, we were the opening band for the Jagermeister tour in 2007, and we were opening for The Supervillains and The Expendables. Well, the show was near sold out, and started late, so when we were getting on stage the room was already packed, and they just loved us. Besides that the sound was amazing, the venue paid us well, and we got it on video, which everyone can check out on our MySpace. We also got to play the Hot Topic Kevin Says Stage at Vans Warped Tour 2007 in Houston and that was a very memorable experience as well.
Isaac: Elaborate a little about whom were your biggest influences in the music industry and why?
Indofin: Nirvana, Sublime, Bob Marley, Rancid, [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]Janes [COLOR=blue !important]Addiction[/color][/color][/color], RedHotChiliPeppers, Reel Big Fish, the list could go on and on. We all grew up in the 90s, and these bands all did something to either define a genre or create a new scene. All these bands gave birth to a wave of imitator bands or wannabes in various scenes (some good, some not so good) but they pretty much make up the scene today. The bands we named above that stuck with it and are still around today are pretty much as successful as you can get as a band, they continue to make good music, their live shows are amazing, and we highly respect all of that about them.
Isaac: Let's talk about what you feel you will bring to the music industry.
Indofin: We'd like to be able to show hopeful or prospective [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]musicians[/color][/color] that nowadays it is possible to make a living in the music industry without getting famous or getting signed to a label. We were one of the first bands in the Austin scene to book our tour independently and entirely on our own. The tour was an absolute disaster, but it did give us some degree of street cred and we definitely learned what not to do. At this point in our career, we really don't care at all about being famous, all we really want is to do what we do, without having to seek approval from the label, giving up creative control, and becoming the people we hate.
Isaac: If you had an opportunity to work with one artist or group, who would it be and why?
Indofin: We would have loved to open a show for Sublime, but unfortunately that is not possible. Ever since the beginning of Indofin, people have always compared us to them and most fans of Sublime that hear us become fans of ours. We are actually recording at the studio in Austin where Sublime recorded parts of their last record. We did on one occasion get to open a soldout show in Austin for Badfish Sublime Tribute band, and that's about the closest we'll ever get to that dream. Other people we'd like to work with are Tim Armstrong from Rancid, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones and Tenacious D, simply because these guys all "get it", in our opinion.
Isaac: How would you describe your music to others?
Indofin: We don't like to be labeled a single all encompassing genre. But to simply put it, we are an alternative punk rock band, with [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]reggae[/color][/color], ska, funk, and hip-hop influences. We played every type of show out there, including sets with metal bands to crazy weird minimalist experimental bands. Our songs are mainly simple, they all have 4 count time signatures, usually a verse and chorus parts that repeat. All of us taught ourselves how to play the instruments we play. Some of our songs sound like Sublime, some songs sound like The Beatles, and still other songs that are so different or so out there and weird that they can't even be compared to anything that people have ever heard.
Isaac: What type of feedback have you received from fans about your music?
Indofin: Most fans of Sublime will compliment us by telling us we sound like Sublime. Still others might put us down by saying we sound like Sublime. Other bands we've been compared to are Rancid & RHCP. We don't really mind all the comparisons but we would like our fans to realize and appreciate that there's more to us, and that our music has plenty of room to grow and evolve. We don't wanna be like Aerosmith or ACDC, who are just stuck recording the same album over and over again.
Isaac: Where can fans locate you at online?
Indofin: Our new website is up at www.indofinmusic.com. They can also find us on MySpace, Purevolume, ReverbNation, Facebook, and everywhere else. Our music is available on iTunes, CDbaby, and Amazon just to name a few.
Isaac: What can fans expect from you in the next five years?
Indofin: We are planning to release our second record at the end of this year. After that, our fans should be on the lookout for us on tour and playing in their towns. We really do want to perform in other countries and that's something we want to move towards, so even our fans outside the US should be on the lookout for us over the next few years. Five years from we would like to be a band that's able to support themselves through our music and through performing our music. It is not so important to us to be signed on a label as it is to just like what we are doing and having the creative freedom to do what we want.
Isaac: Time for some shout outs to your family, friends, and fans…
Indofin: We are so grateful to all of our families for their support. And we want to thank all our friends and fans we have met across the country who have personally sacrificed or gone out of their way to either feed us food or give us a place to sleep while we've been on tour.