Next Wednesday, November 8th, be sure to stop in at The Hi-Fi in Fountain Square, Indianapolis for another live show. Playing at the event will be Jessica Lea Mayfield, Blank Range, and Harpooner.
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Jessica Lea Mayfield is a rock artist from Kent, Ohio who grew up playing in her family’s bluegrass band at the age of eight. According to her Facebook profile, Mayfield released her first album at the age of fifteen, and was shortly after discovered by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Mayfield also talks about using her songs as a form of therapy. “I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy”.
In her songs, Mayfield makes this known by baring her soul in tunes and ballads bursting with emotion and personal meaning. Mayfield’s vocals come across softly over the often jagged effects that she filters her guitar through. The contrast between her soft and somber vocals and distorted guitar gives Mayfield’s work a unique feel to it that’s hard to resist. To find out more about Jessica Lea Mayfield you can visit her Facebook.
Blank Range is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. Listening to their music is a little bit like getting into a time capsule and shooting back to the classic rock of the ’60’s and ’70’s. Like the greats before them, Blank Range’s rock sound is heavily influenced by blues. Their vocals remind me somewhat of the previously mentioned Auerbach of the Black Keys, minus the falsetto. Blank Range consists of members Matt Novotny (drums), Grant Gustafson (baritone guitar), Jonathan Childers (guitar), and Taylor Zachry (bass). All of the members contribute vocals during their performances for a louder, larger sound. You can learn more about Blank Range by visiting their Facebook page.
Harpooner is a 1970’s-inspired pop-rock band. Originally from Bloomington, the group formed in 2013 around the campus of Indiana University before relocating to Nashville, Tennessee. According to the band’s website, frontman Scott Schmadeke (vocals, piano, Mellotron, guitar) has also toured as a pianist along with national acts Hondmouth, Diane Coffee, and Andrew Combs. In 2014, the band released its debut album,”Speed 7″. Two years later, the internet saw the release of their most recent album, “Rose Park”. Both are available to stream on Bandcamp. To find out more, you can visit Harpooner’s Facebook page.
I’m predicting that Wednesday, November 8th will be a fun night at The Hi-Fi in Indianapolis. If you’re into throwback genres revamped for a contemporary audience, look no further. The show starts at 9:00 pm Wednesday night, and door open at 8:00 pm. Tickets to the show are twelve dollars.