|Rory Indiana with Empire’s lead singer Joe Green.
Left to Right: Dan Ely; Harry Ward; Joe Green; Ben Clement; Rory Kaye.
Photo By: Sammi Doherty
It’s a Tuesday night here in Brighton, and I’m spending it at the recently reopened “The Hope” so far the ambiance here is so quirky you’ve just got to love it. They have random things hanging from the ceiling, such as guitars, book pages and God knows what else; what’s more they have a caravan as their kitchen…trust me it works. But I’m not exactly here to admire the decor, Rebel Yell hasn’t gone into home interior quite yet. Up stairs is where I’m heading though, ya see remember a little band called Rory Indiana? I harped on about them a few months ago? Well I’m here to rattle on about them again, I know you all loved what I had to say before and you’re going to love this just as much. Now one great thing about being here in Brighton is how much music is out here, especially undiscovered bands or those who are just starting to make a name for themselves. There’s nothing better than just randomly showing up to a gig and going with it…okay you can probably think of much better things but it’s definitely in the top ten. And granted this particular gig wasn’t a spontaneous decision, I decided to come about a week ago…again not the point though. The first time I saw Rory Indiana was completely spontaneous, as a result I’ve been infatuated with their music ever since. Plus all the guys are absolute sweethearts…okay out of all words I could have used to describe them I don’t know why I settled on that one, just humour me and go with it…on the few times I’ve met them/spoke with them they’ve always been so grateful and genuinely ecstatic that their music is reaching a wider audience outside of their immediate social circle. That’s a quality that I’ve found a lot of bands lose early on in their career, they seem to forget that the way to keep people around isn’t purely through brilliant music, but actually interacting and having a sense of humility; nine times out of ten people are more compelled to follow a band who try to keep as connected to them as possible. This is a quality I hope that Rory Indiana will continue to illustrate as they excel through the industry.
We all here know how I like to babble on about all sorts of random and most of the time pointless things, and trust me I’ll get to the crucial topic somewhen today, but for now just deal with this, after all my blog my rules. Anyways, we all are aware that I’m an aspiring musician; this being a side project I started a few years back. Hopefully you’re all also aware that I’m not “major label bad, indie goo” like most naïve musician I encounter. But I do understand how important it is for smaller bands to break into the medias attention. There are some out there who deserve so much credit for the work their putting out there, for their talent to be recognised and appreciated. Hence why I keep bombarding you with people like Rory Indiana. I’ve been following this band for a number of months now…not literally of course because that would be both creepy and stalkerish, and I don’t recommend stalking a band, it most probably will end badly for you. Wait where was I? Oh yeah, I’ve been following Rory Indiana for a number of months now and I’ve already seen vast improvements to their set and performance, their hard work is definitely starting to show through. Determination and dedication is key to this industry, and to any job really.
|Dan Ely on Bass
photo by: Sammi Doherty
Anyways back to the gig! Like I said the boys didn’t disappoint. I have determined it’s difficult not to move in some way to their music, if you’re not moshing, your head is at least involuntarily keeping in time to Harry and Dan’s groove. For some reason I always find myself watching drummers and bassists at gigs, maybe because I don’t play those instruments or I’m genuinely intrigued by the whole rhythm section; each element of a band can make or break a song, but if the rhythm section is even slight off then the while thing can just be lost. A strong bassist and drummer is a must have as they provide the voodoo that makes the audience move. Now on the above EP there are some section you hear and think “nah that can’t be reflected right in a live performance” tonight I was stood corrected as the band perfectly orchestrated throughout their entire set. This is a band that take what they do on stage seriously, and you can definitely see and hear they spend hours to make their live sets as tight as possible. There are many beyond fantastic guitarists out there, most that surpass the typical “Slash” approach, I’m talking more Angus Young, Gary Moore technically gifted as well as practically. Tonight Ben Clement illustrated how he belongs in the same league as those guys, sure he’s only young and has a way to go, but the potential is there and prominent. Rory is no exception from the rest of the bands brilliance, this quintet support each others talents and roles on the stage; a strong unit is key. Not once did Rory’s vocal falter, instead it remain as strong and powerful as the above acoustic video. One thing I find fascinating about his vocals is the amount of emotion he is able to portray in it; it’s something that never ceases to amaze me.
Watching each member on stage you can see how immersed and lost they get in their own music.
This is a type of passion that cannot be faked purely for stage use.
Although still a band trying to break into the industry, they treat their crowd like each and everyone is there for them, and they’re giving them the best show they possibly can; to the degree audience interaction involved Ben and Dan coming into the crowd to rock out.
It’s hard to write about a live gig, it’s the kinda thing you need to witness for yourself, hence why I completely encourage you to go and see these guys live. I promise you will not regret it at all, instead they are a band that leave you hungry for more.