Local Indianapolis band Audiodacity made it to the finals for the Battle of the Bands this year! To celebrate their achievement, today we’ll be taking a look at their debut album, “On a Roll”.
The final round of the Battle of the Bands takes place tomorrow night at The Vogue. Over the past sixteen weeks, 64 bands competed on stage at Fountain Square’s Hi-Fi. Now, they’ve been whittled down to the top eight: Forstory, J. Elliott, The Palace, Porch Kat, Bullet Points, Huckleberry Funk, Jake Schlegel, and Audiodacity. Tomorrow night, they’ll all meet on stage to compete for the grand prize of $10,000 and a touring van.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at each of the finalists as a way to give them some extra attention for getting this far. And now it’s Audiodacity’s turn. But before we get into their album, “On a Roll”, first, here’s a little bit about them as a band.
Audiodacity is a local Indianapolis band that blends genres of funk, pop-rock, reggae, and hip hop into their unique (and almost always upbeat) sound. In their own words, Audiodacity reveals the long history its members have with one another.
“Each individual member of Audiodacity has been involved with music for the majority of their lives; however, they were all close friends long before forming a band was ever even an idea—some members have even known each other as early as elementary school. It is this camaraderie, this sense of brotherhood, that allows them pull 6 completely different musical backgrounds and influences into one cohesive and eclectic sound.”
Audiodacity released their debut EP, “Audiodacity: The EP” in 2015, followed up by their debut album, “On a Roll” in the same year. Their most recent release was “The Free EP”, which, as its title suggests, was released for free to attendees of Indianapolis’ Protect the Arts event in 2017.
Audiodacity consists of members Ben Jarvis (vocals, trumpet), Jason Ehizokhale (guitar, sax, backup vocals), Cody Herring (guitar, trumpet, backup vocals), Mike Sheldon (bass), and Adam Woodgett (drums, vocals).
On a Roll
“On a Roll” kicks off with the bluesy, soul-filled and ska-influenced, “Succubus”, which starts off the album on an energetic note. But if you know anything about Audiodacity, it’s that they never have any trouble bringing energy to their songs.
The second and title track, “On a Roll” is probably one of the best songs on Audiodacity’s debut album. The horns really pull their weight here, and the faint wah guitar that you can just make out in between their blares really ties it all together. Additionally, Jarvis’ passionate vocals and lyrics shine throughout the whole track.
On the second half of the album, “Memories” brings out one or two slightly different sides of Audiodacity. Musically, it’s softer and smoother than some of their more energetic tracks, with the trumpets droning instead of pumping out blasts. Lyrically, “Memories” is a bit edgier than tracks like “On a Roll”, and aligns more with the explicit label given to the tracks on the second half of the album.
The album ends with “Vicious”, which also features a low tempo groove that almost resembles a looped beat. But that might be caused by the rapping vocals of the verse. The more melodic chorus matches Audiodacity better in my opinion. The tone of the rapped lyrics just isn’t my cup of tea. But I do appreciate the experimentation here. “Vicious” still ends on a high note though. Halfway through, the song transitions to present a dual lyrical rap attack. Audiodacity’s energy comes back full force here, and actually manages to make me change my mind to liking “Vicious”.
Overall, Audiodacity’s “On a Roll” isn’t an album filled with back to back hits. But the hits that it does have are good enough to carry the whole album. And remember, this was Audiodacity when they first started, back in 2015. Over the past five years, they’ve only been bringing more of the good stuff. But will it be good enough for them to take it all? Be sure to get out to The Vogue tomorrow night to support them, and all the other finalists, and find out.
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.