The Ex-Bombers play dirtbag spy jazz or beatnik punk, depending on who describes it, though both represent facets of the group’s seedy sound. The duo started in 2010 in Columbia, MO before moving to their current residence in Charleston, IL (home of Eastern Illinois University). Keri Cousins provides the rhythm for the pair on a small Rogers drumset and provides her vocals. Scott Walus plays a Hagstrom 8-string bass (EADG octaves) and shares vocals. They play dark but catchy songs using only these instruments, without distortion of digital trickery. The songs result from crashing into the awkward years of adulthood when the hangovers last two days instead of just one. This all leads to an uneasy but provocative alliance between the flippant sounds of early Velvet Underground/Sonic Youth and the content and style of Soft Cell or Girls Against Boys.
After Emily & the Complexes frontman Tyler Verhagen spent several years hitch-hiking around the U.S. and playing as a solo acoustic artist, he settled down in Columbus, OH and recruited childhood friends Jordan Finke, Tom Konitzer, and Brett Gregory to turn his one-man band into a full-fledged rock n’ roll outfit. Drawing on Verhagen’s experiences on the road, the four began playing shows around Ohio and the Midwest. The band recorded and released their debut full-length album, Styrofoam Plate Blues, in September of 2012, and are currently focused on touring in support of it.
We come from different kinds of bands and play them on our sleeves. We have fun, we hope you have fun, but above all else just rage.
-From their Facebook
From The band:
Being in Away With Vega is kinda like being at a birthday party with your birthday friends singing birthday songs then the birthday dude blows out the birthday candles then finally the consumption of the birthday cake. Basically, they sound like Frank holding both of Kyle’s arms in one hand and Zack punching him in the back of the head while Stephen talks about the Steelers nonstop.
From the Rochester City Newspaper:
“Dark and droning layers set to a regimented beat make Indianapolis’ We Are Hex sound like children of the 1980′s fringe. The sound harkens back to a time when bands that were too introspective to be punk, yet too obtuse to be pop or New Wave helped forge a sub-genre that still exists today with bands. Think Jesus and Mary Chain and Gang of Four. The band is atmospheric and angular, switching from swirling sonics to rock aggression.”
Consisting of members Chad Serhal (guitar/vocals), Mark Walker (bass/vocals), and Nathan Dynak (drums), She Does Is Magic presents a mixture of 50′s garage, 60′s rock, 70′s punk, and 80′s twang.
From It’s All Happening’s website:
“We’re It’s All Happening. We’re from Indianapolis, Indiana. We play hard, we get sweaty, we make friends. We think you should, too. We’re happy to be here. Thanks for having us.”
“Osteoferocious is the product of two stranded Indiana minds; Aaron Bragg and Erik Fox. Crunchy guitars combine with crunchier drums to create a snack that would fit right in with a bag of chips. And that’s something no one can complain about.”