Brother O Brother at the State Street Pub

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If you think you have an ear for music, get yourself down to the State Street Pup on the 13th. Why, you might ask? Well, aside from the State Street being one of Indy’s best little hole-in-the-wall bars, local act Brother O Brother will be giving a concert.

Brother O Brother, The Music

Okay, you may say, but this means what to me? Well, sir or madam, it means you will have a chance to groove one of the rising stars of Naptown’s local music scene! Brother O Brother, hereafter BOB, is Chris Banta on guitar and vocals and Warner Swopes on everything else. The duo has already made waves in the rock world, with their latest album Neon Native seeing release in May. That album, I might add, played to largely favorable reviews.

But enough history. Let me back up and tell you a little about what to expect. First, why don’t we describe the music you will be hearing? BOB is a garage rock band straight out of the mid-sixties. Think the 13th Floor Elevators, but with just a little Ramones in their DNA. As such, BOB’s music puts a lot of emphasis on fuzz and distorted guitars, creating an explosive groove. However, they don’t stop there. Instead, BOB builds on their already impressive sound with a mix of hard blues and gospel.

Yes, you read that right. Gospel. Granted, the gospel’s a little hard to detect beneath the rollicking blues and pounding garage rock, but it’s there. In fact, where the gospel does show up is in the voice work. Chris Banta belts his vocals with all the power and fervor of a preacher on real angel dust. Compare a Jimi Hendrix that decided to sing with Sister Rosetta Tharpe in hard rock outfit.

So, Wednesday, September 13th, 8:00 PM, State Street Pub. I shall see you there.

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