Josh Condon just seemed to kind of wander in some bar downtown with his guitar. I had never seen him before - and all of a sudden he was blowing my mind with his one-man bass drum/guitar combo. On top of that instrumental multitasking - he turned out to be a real crooner. And least important - but worth noting - he’s pretttttaaaay easy on the eyes. When he covered Dow Jones and the Industrials (from Indiana) “Stuck in the Midwest,” that first time I saw him play - he was therein referred to as “That Josh dude - the coolest guy in Muncie.”
Living in a college town like Muncie - these things happen. You’ll go to a
show above the Heorot and see some fresh-faced college kids play some
amazing music. You see a lot of crap, too; there WAS that Jack Johnson craze that hit. But this makes the good stuff, the original, quality stuff stand out. The good bands will be around just long enough to where you’re comfortable; you’ll be content with another weekend of at least a rad basement show. And then they will all graduate. In a flash they’ll be playing a farewell show. You’ll pathetically watch them (along with all your motivated friends) on facebook - booking bigger gigs with other bands, sleeping on other people’s couches in bigger cities. Or they’ll get adult jobs. And since you’re too lazy to start your own band again (you still need to press that 7” from Meat Coma’s 2007 unreleased EP) - you’ll wait for someone new to blow in. And who has blown hardest for the past year or so around these parts? Well - I’m proud to say he’s a townie. And I think he might stick around for awhile.
Now Condon is playing with a full band - Peach Tree. I was bummed when I heard initially - because the intensity he created with his one man flailing rock machine was unlike any band I have seen. But Condon - no matter how loose and rocking on the guitar - seems to care about his finger-work. At one instant he’s a riff machine - making me think of Jeff the Brotherhood - and then he’s working the licks hotter than any Seeds jam. So this move to a band was a good one for him to expand the kinds of songs he’s writing. I’m not sure if the drummer and bassist are writing songs. I saw them earlier this month for the first time and even though they played last - I was impressed with how hard they brought it to only a handful of us left. I danced, fell, skinned my knee - as per usual at basement shows.
Peach Tree - from what sunk into my drunken, dancing skull - sounded like an angrier, Midwestern Charlie and the Moonhearts. Less seaside sound - more grit. I remember thinking ” these guys could use some wild, analog synth up in there,”but I was probably just drunkenly daydreaming of being up there with them. I’d like to gently insert some full, sonic sound courtesy a brand new Juno 60 (in my nerd synthpop dreams). But I’m content with just knowing that - at least for this winter - I can catch them at a show or two. I have no idea if they plan to record. I sure hope so. I guess cassette releases are pretty popular now, with many having digital download cards included. That would make total sense with Peach Tree’s fuzzed out sound only getting better with the aging hiss and crackle of tape. How about it guys?
I’m pooped after a weekend of awesome shows (Josh Condon, Bonesetters, and some synth-pop guy from Indianapolis), good beers, mosh pits, and roller derby. No, I don’t play derby - but since hanging up my skates, I still try to stay involved. I LOVE women’s roller derby. So when I was asked to deejay a bout for the Circle City Socialites - I eagerly began compiling a raucous mix of tunes. Saturday was the bout - it was close but the Socialites lost to Lake City. I also like women’s roller derby because, despite FIERCE competition - there is always a feeling of camaraderie after a bout no matter what team won. There was also a men’s bout which, eh, all the dudes ruled and were good but - well - they already have a bunch of sports. Plus they use more brute force and slow, tight packs to win rather than fast skating and agility. Just not my cup of coffee. Anyhow, here is a mix of a few tunes I played that seemed to get the people pumped. It was a great time and I really enjoy playing music at these bouts.