Apologies to anyone who cares but these State Of Music posts are not as regular as they once were. I have posted my usual weekly output over a period of 2 1/2 weeks. This SXSW Showcase has really taken it out of me, both in energy and time. Wouldn't change it for the world though. So we find ourselves at Part 35 and counting down the last 15 bands who will complete my independent music map of America. This week we find ourselves in Bloomington, Indiana with a great 5 piece known as Hotfox.
The band was actually intoduced to me via the website Nuvo.net as I increasingly have to rely on others to help fill the gaps. But their brilliant music editor Katherine Coplen headed me in the right direction.
Hotfox will be making the journey down to Austin, Texas for The State Of Music Showcase on 14th March. They will be appearing at J.Blacks Feel Good Lounge at 5.45pm.
CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who are Hotfox and where in the world would we find you?
We are a band of five buddies making music in Bloomington, Indiana.
CMM: How long has the group been together and how did it all start?
The group has been together since the beginning of 2010. Oliver (guitar/vocals) and Duncan (guitar) played together in another band in high school, and Michael (drums) was in another band as well. Paths crossed and jamming occurred and we started a new musical project and added Marcus (bass) and Colin (vocals/aux percussion) along the way.
CMM: How best would you describe your music?
Our sound is restrained but fighting, melodic but noisy, and fairly raw.
CMM: For people like me who have never been to Indiana how could you best describe the state?
Indiana is a great state. Peaceful landscapes, artsy parts of town, a very healthy scene, and very, very nice people. It's Super Bowl time right now so we're getting a lot of good press from out of towners that love it here.
CMM: What is the music scene like in Indiana right now? What the genre of choice out there at the moment?
It's hard to comment on the state of the music scene in Indiana accurately when there are so many people that have been around longer than we have. That being said, all of the Indiana-based music we listen to is amazing stuff. Our friends The Bonesetters released their first full-length in December and it rules. It's hard to put a finger on the genre of choice, but it's apparent that there is a constant flow of good music, whatever genre.
CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?
We are definitely influenced by our surroundings and the scene. Whether its conscious, unconscious, emulation, or reacting against something, we have a relationship with where we're at in the world, both musically and otherwise. There are a few local bands that have impacted us including Everything, Now! and Margot and the Nuclear So and So's.
CMM: What other influences do you have, musical or otherwise?
Musically I know that we've been listening to a lot of Cass Mccombs, Nirvana, Neil Young, and Brand New among others. This next album is going to be wild compared to the first one.
CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released so far?
We released our debut full-length album "You, Me, and the Monster" in the summer of 2011 through help with Roaring Colonel Records, a local label connected to My Old Kentucky Blog. We contributed a song to Indiana University's Brio Pop Society Live From Bloomington project called "Machine Gun Money" in the late months of 2010. We are currently tracking our second album.
CMM: Are you able to get out an play live much?. Where are your favourite places to play both in and out of state?
We play shows when we can. There's a great venue in Bloomington we like to play called The Bishop and in Indianapolis there's a really amazing place called the Earth House and that's where we had our album release party/show. Out of state we haven't tapped into as much as we would have liked to due to some of us attending university.
CMM: What's next in the pipeline for the band?
We were lucky enough to have won the Jansport Battle of the Bands which sends us down to Austin, TX for the South by Southwest Music Festival in March. That's the next big thing in our planners. For now, we're working on tracking our new record which will hopefully be available before the world ends in December.
CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?
View The State Of Music in a larger map