Local Indianapolis rock band, Bullet Points is one of the six bands competing in the fourth round of semifinals for this year’s Battle of the Bands. Today we’ll be looking at their 2018 single, “Blood Dreams”.
For the past few weeks now, we’ve been taking our songs of the day from local Indianapolis bands competing in the Battle of the Bands. We’ve heard a lot of good music, and have been keeping up with the results of each round of the semifinals. This Wednesday is the last round of semifinals before the finals at The Vogue on February 15th, where one lucky band will win the grand prize of $10,000 and a touring van.
The bands competing this week at The Hi-Fi include Bullet Points, Giant Not Giant, Bunkbeds, Devil to Pay, War on TV, and Huckleberry Funk. We’ll get to them all in due time, but right now, let’s take a look at Bullet Points.
Bullet Points is a local alternative rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2016, they released their self-recorded demo, “Business Card”. After releasing the EP, Bullet Points continued to perform throughout the region, including some live in-studio time at DZ Records in Chicago, Indy Star Sessions and on the series “Small Studio Sessions” (NPR/WFYI).
On their Facebook page, Bullet Points reveal what they’ve been up to for the past year. “In May of 2019, and after a year of local and regional shows, Bullet Points packed up for a week and headed to Russian Recording where they began work on their first full-length album, “Paso Doble” – a release is scheduled for early 2020.”
Bullet Points is a four-piece band consisting of members P. David Hazel (vocals, guitar), Matt Beaumont (drums), David Barajas (bass), and TJ Briggs (guitar).
“Blood Dreams” is Bullet Points’ most recent single, released in 2018. The track starts off strong, with a driving, repetitive bass and a heavy beat to keep the energy moving forward. Two guitars come in for the intro – one plucking out a nice melody, the other contributing some distorted drones and metallic scratching.
The metallic guitar scratching in the intro is just foreshadowing the guitar solo, which also makes use of the same technique. The solo kicks off with a flurry of screeching and scratching before finishing off with a rendition of the song’s major motif. The experimental playing makes this one of the high points of the track.
The instrumentation is great, but what brings “Blood Dreams” together is P. David Hazel’s vocals. He knows his own voice well, and it shows. With Hazel’s vocals, Bullet Points sound like an older Interpol with a dash of The National, and maybe a hint of Muse thrown in there. My favorite line in “Blood Dreams” is when Hazel’s voice drops low for lines like, “I should have stayed in bed”. His delivery is one of the main reasons why I’m now listening to “Blood Dreams” on repeat.
It probably isn’t hard too tell that I’m a big fan of Bullet Points already. While they may not be the most original band out there, turns out they do have that special something that has at least won me over. They’re a band who knows their sound so well, and consistently delivers. What more could you ask for?
After listening to it maybe half a dozen times, “Blood Dreams” is now one of my new favorite songs. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how they fare this week at the Battle of the Bands. If Bullet Points are anything like some of the other bands that have performed, they’ll likely play some of the new material they’ve been working on. And after hearing “Blood Dreams”, I’m betting whatever it is will be good enough to take them into the finals.
Be sure to get down to The Hi-Fi this Wednesday night to check out the last round of semifinals for this year’s Battle of the Bands. It’ll be a good one.
Finally, for more coverage on the local Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re showcasing local artists from the Indianapolis community.