In the great tradition of indie music small venues like coffee shops, bars and homes are the trade specialty. Last night I have the opportunity to enjoy an acoustic show at the home of Eric and CJ Burk of Buford, GA. Headlined by American Standard, Damion Suomi, Lauris Vidal and Andy Zipf with opener, Jordan Burk, those in attendance were treated to about three hours of music, food and fun. It was the second show in as many months at the Burk home, a warm establishment perfectly suited to such concerts and though the performers might have outnumbered the attendees, they did not lack for spirit, enthusiasm and talent.
All the performers with the exception of Jordan have been traveling together in transportation currently provided by To Write Love On Her Arms a “non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.” TWLOHA t-shirts and information was also available. While many songs were in the relationship genre, others were very reflective on issues of life including a few filled with biblical allusions like the eye of the needle and the vanity of life based on the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes.
Another aspect of indie music in full force was quality musicianship and the vocalizations typically different than pop radio–much more expressive than the million sellers that fill the air waves. It is this uniqueness of sound and experience related in the lyrics that make indie fans fiercely loyal; somebody you’ve never heard is somebody a fan thinks is the best musician penning tunes.
Lauris Vidal on MySpace and on .
Andy Zipf on MySpace and on
Damion Soumi on MySpace and on