Preview: Gin Blossoms at the Vogue

90s Favorites Gin Blossoms Come to Play Indianapolis’ Vogue Theater on February 24th

It’s time to pull your scrunchies out of the closet and dust off your Sega Genesis, the 90s are back! Okay, not really, but Gin Blossoms, a perennial favorite of the time when alternative ruled the airwaves, will play the Vogue on the 24th. So get on over to Broadripple and catch the show!

A Brief History

Forming in 1987, Gin Blossoms hails from Tempe, Arizona. That’s right, the town where most of Raising Arizona takes place. However, the founding members of Gin Blossoms had little in common with H.I. McDunnough and Nathan Arizona. Taking their name from a popular term for rosacea, or reddening of the face, the band soon gained a following in their hometown.

They had their first taste of success in 1992 with the album New Miserable Experience, which produced the hit single “Hey Jealousy”. The single went gold, and the airplay boosted sales of New Miserable Experience. Sadly, their happiness was short-lived. Already struggling with alcoholism and sinking into deep depression, lead guitarist and songwriter Doug Hopkins committed suicide on December 4th, 1993.

However, Gin Blossoms put themselves back together and trudged ahead. A good thing, too. Mostly because the band’s real breakthrough came in 1996. Namely the album Congratulations, I’m Sorry. This album is the reason why most of the listening public still recognizes the name Gin Blossoms, or rather a certain single from that album. The song “Follow You Down” became a radio mainstay in the 90s and beyond. Eventually going platinum, that single carved the band’s name into the annals of rock history.

Since then, the band has toured relentlessly while recording several new albums. Their most recent effort, Mixed Reality, saw release in 2018.

Their Sound

Most critics label the Gin Blossoms as a mixture of straight alternative rock and jangle pop. Wither their chiming guitars they certainly fulfil the criteria for the latter, and their cynical lyrics fulfil those of the latter nicely. Of course, they aren’t all doom and gloom. In fact, they their sunny melodies and energetic playing keep things light for the most part. So even if their lyrics break the audience’s collective heart, they keep on dancing anyway.

So, as always. The venue is the Vogue, door’s at 7:00PM.

See you there!


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