Preview: Punk Rock NYE at The Melody Inn


New Year’s Eve can be a nice, magical time full of heart-warming moments and sentimental songs. But not at The Melody Inn. There won’t be any “Old Lang Syne” there come Sunday, December 31st. Instead, The Melody Inn defies tradition in the name of punk and is offering a full lineup of local punk rock bands to bring in the new year. These include Harley Poe, Black Cat Rebellion, and 9th Circle Symphony.

Harley Poe

While they may not want to admit it, Harley Poe is a punk rock/horror band that likes to sing about monsters and the occult. Hailing from Kokomo, Indiana, the band’s profile would argue that “It’s not enough to say Harley Poe write songs about monsters. Harley Poe sings about being monsters”. Harley Poe consists of Joe Whiteford (guitar, vocals), Gregg Manfredi (bass, vocals), Cristian Riquelme (drums, percussion), Wesley Plantenga (guitar, vocals). For all their songs of monsters and mayhem, Harley Poe manages to maintain a certain charm in their acoustic arrangements and a fun whimsical nature in their lyrics. To find out more, you can visit their Facebook page. You can also listen to Harley Poe on Bandcamp.

Black Cat Rebellion

Black Cat Rebellion is an Indianapolis punk and post-punk rock band. They play a style of music that they categorize as “dark and dangerous rock n’ roll”. Black Cat Rebellion consists of Brad St. Patrick (vocals, guitar), Rob Nüetzmann (bass), Mike West (guitar), and Steve Prince (drums). To find out more about Black Cat Rebellion, you can find them on Facebook, or visit their website.

9th Circle Symphony

9th Circle Symphony is a self-diagnosed post-apocalyptic, punk metal band from Indianapolis. Like many metal bands, 9th Circle Symphony has a penchant for the dramatic, and weave a backstory of living in a post-apocalyptic Indianapolis they dub “The Wasteland”. They back it up in their performances with full-on Mad Max costumes and monikers. 9th Circle Symphony consists of Craig Chaos (drums), Kurt Fester (bass), Dru Cadaver (vocals), Maria Cadaver (keyboards), and Juan Acosta (guitar). You can find out more about 9th Circle Symphony by visiting their website. You can also find them on Facebook.


So if you’re tired of the same old, same old way of celebrating new years, or just really love punk rock, The Melody Inn is the place to celebrate the new year. Doors open at The Melody Inn at 8:30 pm and the show kicks off at 9:30. A twelve dollar cover charge will get you in.


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