Local indie and dream pop band Bunkbeds may not have advanced in last night’s Battle of the Bands semifinals, but we still think they’re pretty great. As our honorable mention for this week, we’ll be looking at their song, “Endless Summer”.
For the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at some of the bands competing in this year’s Battle of the Bands. The semifinals have been going on all this month at The Hi-Fi every Wednesday, and last night was the last round before the finals. The finals will take place on February 15th at The Hi-Fi, where the advancing eight bands will duke it out for the grand prize of $10,000, a touring van, and bragging rights.
The bands competing last night included Bunkbeds, Giant Not Giant, Devil to Pay, War on TV, Bullet Points, and Huckleberry Funk. At the end of the night, Huckleberry Funk ran away with first place. MOKB reported that it was quite close between the second and fifth place spots, but Bullet Points ended up advancing.
Even though they won’t be heading to the finals, Bunkbeds still put on a good show. And our song of the day, “Endless Summer” is still a winner in our book.
Bunkbeds is a dream pop/indie band from Indianapolis, Indiana. They’re another one of the new local bands that have popped up recently in the past year or so. According to them, they’re “looking to make the world a better place with a good mix of playful guitars, velvety vocals, smooth bass riffs, lush synths, and tight drums”.
Bunkbeds consists of Madeleine Puschautz (vocals, guitar), Chris Robbins (guitar), Seth Butts (guitar, synths), Jem Holden (bass), and Scott Moran (drums).
Bunkbeds released their first single, “Summer Song” in 2019. They then released two more tracks recorded live at DZ Records just last week. Those two are “Good Apple”, and our song of the day, “Endless Summer”.
“Endless Summer” is a nice, relaxing indie and dream pop song with the perfect amount of reverb. The track balances out its more hazy qualities with a punchy beat and a driving bass that keeps the song moving forward. Madeleine Puschautz’s vocals bring both a sense of optimism and melancholia, that translates into a kind of hopeful wistfulness.
There are three guitar players in Bunkbeds, but despite that, none of them ever take over or break through the carefully woven soundscape of “Endless Summer”. Rather, they all work together to contribute interlocking parts with different effects, going for a sense of atmosphere over anything else.
While it’s definitely more of a relaxed and laid back vibe that Bunkbeds brings to “Endless Summer”, there is a real dynamism that comes with it. All of the transitions are great, especially the final two, from the climactic, build to the reprisal of the opening riff. With “Endless Summer”, Bunkbeds proves that their songwriting craft is top notch, and their execution is right up there next to it.
Overall, I’m a big fan of Bunkbeds and their track, “Endless Summer”. They’ve got a nice, contemplative sound as a band. Unfortunately, that may have played against them during the Battle of the Bands, with a lot of their competitors and voters in the crowd were focused more on the upbeat, highly energetic genres of rock and funk. During live shows, those can be hard to compete against. But Bunkbeds still played a good show, and should be proud of how far they got this year. Next time you see them out at a show, be sure to throw them some love.
The eight bands who made it through the semis and into the Finals held at the Vogue are Forstory, Jake Schlegel, J. Elliott, Porch Kat, The Palace, Audiodacity, Huckleberry Funk, and Bullet Points. Be sure to put February 15th on your calendar. You don’t want to miss the final Battle Royale.
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.