Preview: Never Come Downs come down to the State Street Pub


Next Wednesday, November 29th, you can celebrate humpday and the end of November with a concert at the State Street Pub. Playing at the well-known venue will be the Never Come Downs, Metric Units, and Dan Rico.

Never Come Downs

The Never Come Downs are a relatively new Indianapolis band, having formed in the summer of 2016. Their Facebook page lists the Never Come Downs’ genre as “Psychgaze”. I take it this means psych rock, maybe with the addition of stage visuals that you can ‘gaze’ at. But I’m no expert. We can just call them frontiersmen of a new, groundbreaking genre. That sounds much nicer. The band hasn’t put out an album yet, but they are currently recording their first EP.

Never Come Downs consists of Mike Contreras (vocals/guitar), Devin Kearns (guitar/vocals), Monique Valah (bass), and Chris Cockrill (drums). To find out more, you can visit them on Facebook.

Metric Units

Also appearing at the State Street Pub on the 29th is the band Metric Units. Metric Units is a punk rock band from Indianapolis. Like the Never Come Downs, they’ve created their own genre moniker and dubbed it “slackercore”. The name suggests that, while they’d like to be hardcore, they’re just too lazy to put in the extra effort. Sounds pretty punk to me. You can definitely hear the Pixies influence in both the vocals and the guitar tone. Metric Units are a little less frenetic and interesting, but The Pixies are pretty steep competition. If you’re looking for some solid punk rock, you could do worse.

You can find out more about Metric Units by visiting their Facebook page. You can also listen to them for free on Bandcamp.

Dan Rico

Perhaps one of the more interesting and talent-heavy acts of the night will be the Chicago-native Dan Rico. His blend of rock, pop, and blues evoke a similar aesthetic to The Beatles. Some of his major influences listed on his website are Duke Ellington, David Bowie, and Prince. When you listen to Dan Rico, it doesn’t just sound like a glimpse at the popular music of the past. Each of his songs seems carefully structured and crafted, and there isn’t a single one that seems like a useless repeat. in my opinion, if you’re going to head to the State Street Pub next Wednesday night, Dan Rico will be the reason you stay.

To learn more about Dan Rico you can visit his website. You can also find Dan Rico on Facebook and Bandcamp.


So if you’re looking for a fun night with an eclectic mix of artists and genres, be sure to be at the State Street Pub next Wednesday the 29th. The music kicks off at 9:00 pm.


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