Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with hard rock/pop band, Indoorsmen.
1. How did you get started as a band?
Indoorsmen sort of formed by accident. Adam (drums), Drew (vocals), and James (guitar) were in a band together in college called Release but didn’t end up recording the songs they wrote. In early 2020, Dave (bass guitar) had a few songs that he was thinking about recording and asked Adam to jam with him on them. After a couple sessions Adam suggested bringing in Drew and James to jam on the songs. After learning Dave’s stuff, the guys started bringing up the old Release songs, and Dave’s new parts helped flesh them out. And thus the band was formed. This all happened right at the start of COVID so instead of playing shows like most new bands would do, we went into the studio and started laying down tracks. Several songs had rhythm guitar parts and we didn’t have anyone to play them. Thankfully Adam knew Levi (rhythm guitar) from working with him and he’s been with us ever since.
2. How would you describe your sound?
Hard Rock Pop is a decent description. James has a lot of metal influences in his style and tone. Adam leans more into punk rock stylings but can play any sort of drums. Dave has more funk influences but also played in a grunge band in college. Levi has more of a blues style of guitar play, but also really enjoys heavy music. Drew has the ability to sing in a myriad of voices. So we blend these styles together and see what happens. Our only focus while writing is creating songs that we enjoy playing and keep really open communication as we’re writing songs. We mostly avoid writing overly long songs or songs with a bunch of crazy techniques. Solid, polished, catchy songs are our wheelhouse.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Fidlar, Fugazi, Incubus, The Offspring, Weezer, Deftones, TV on the Radio, The Hotelier, White Reaper, Fall Out Boy are all bands we feel like we compare sonically to, in one way or another.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
Since we haven’t been able to play shows due to COVID, pushing our songs digitally is the only thing going right now so I’d say it’s been very helpful. There are some places on Reddit and in Facebook groups that you can throw up your song and sometimes get some traction off that.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
Drew – reading
James – building guitar pedals
Levi – growing his mullet
Adam – playing video games
Dave – plotting world domination
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
We’re about to shoot a music video, and are figuring out our next recording session. We’ve got another 12-15 songs ready to go so just trying to keep the content coming. Hopefully get the opportunity to play some shows this summer if COVID gets under control.