If you’re new to the Attention Must Be Paid feature, here’s the deal: when I run across something that I think is great and isn’t getting the props it deserves, I write it up in this space. Unfortunately, AMBP has become a graveyard of canceled projects, and today’s celebrated artist, Indian Wife, is not an exception – they’re on what is probably best described as permanent hiatus. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy their music.
Indian Wife is out of New York and describes their genre as Noise Rock, but I’m not educated enough to elaborate on that – I’ll just say it’s good music. Comprised of Sbags, Indian Mike and Chris (who you’ll recognize from Rattrap Bumpkin), this is the sort of band that you’d invite to your house for a barbecue, or ask to help you defend the homestead from an invasion of saucer people – they kick that much ass.
Listening to Indian Wife is like watching someone paint a masterpiece with a broom; a giant piece of canvas is manipulated with lots of long, thick strokes and vivid colors over and over again. This is on full display in their five track album, Dirt Worshiper, which is available for FREE download.
If you like buildup and payoff, then the opening track is for you. “Comstock Lode” starts up like an old, reliable car and just keeps going… it slides out of the driveway, down the suburban streets and eventually to the highway – that’s when you find out you find out that this car has a big ass engine. And tremolo picking – I friggin love tremolo picking! “Mannegishi” makes excellent use of a chorus effect on the guitar, and the song is just tight; everyone is together. I love the reverb and delay on “Horizon;” it creates an atmosphere all its own on all of the songs, but perhaps is best used on this track; it’ll lull you to sleep… and i can’t even begin to speculate on what sort of dreams you’d have… they might be something like this. Then “Holy Water” comes on and kicks your ass with power and feedback until the final number, “Ezra Kind” rocks you on home.
Check out Indian Wife – it won’t cost you a thing but it’ll enrich your life!