Indiana totally smashed it last night at her sold-out hometown gig at The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (7th November 2014). I’m not normally one for writing a gig review, but Indiana has become the exception. As an experience like no other, Indiana’s performance rendered me completely speechless and without words. Her mesmerising delivery had the capacity to silence the entire audience on a number of occasions. I’ve seen a lot of music and, that folks, is a pretty rare thing for a performance at The Rescue Rooms, let alone anywhere else. It’s not often that I lose the ability to articulate myself, but Indiana rendered me without words, and today, I am still trying to find the words to write this review.
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The Rescue Rooms, as a venue that adds to the intimacy of the delivery, lends a basement dungeon-esque proximity that becomes unnervingly close to a full body immersion. You don’t just hear the music, you feel it in your soul. That was certainly the case of support act Shelter Point. A narcotic deep body massage from their infernal bass-lines was just what was needed in preparation for rocking out to a bit of Indiana. Seems like I wasn’t alone on that front! Her set list, which included a number of tracks from her forthcoming album, No Romeo, demonstrated the range in her performance ability. That girl has got some voice on her; from haunting melodies to the emotionally charged delivery of infernal fury and empowered vengeance, Indiana’s raw-edged performance and spirited stage presence is filtered through an alternative rock lens. True compliment indeed! Never heard a voice quite like hers before – just incredible live, one memory that I will treasure my life through and I don’t tend to be one for a full on public gush.
A stripped down and dirty set showcased the best of that vocal ability with the aching melodies of Heart on Fire, Solo Dancing and Only the Lonely, perfectly complimenting the melancholy soulfulness of Play Dead, Shadow Flash and Blind As I Am. Always a sucker for a gutsy ballad with an underground rock twist, there were a few tearful mascara moments to be had, particularly with Blind As I Am, and I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t alone on that one! Indiana had us mesmerised, a really unusual audience mix captivated in a shared moment quite unlike any other, a spell only to be broken by the empowered defiance of Mess Around, Jack and the album titled, No Romeo. The tour set playlist was quite a ride; from emo beats and eclectic electronica, Indiana brought us back from the brink fighting, with a spirited defence of our alt-rock souls.
Performance over, the company I keep spent an awestruck moment at the bar trying to find the words to communicate our Indiana experience. As two, thirty-something, world-experienced women, we found ourselves just a little wonderstruck, with the not unteen-like (if only!), ‘That was awesome!’ and ‘That was incredible!’ being the best that we could conjure. What is really beautiful, though, is that Indiana doesn’t seem to realise just how good she is. With an air of shy modesty, she is all the more endearing for it. As an artiste who is generous in the sharing of her new music on Soundcloud, she seemed genuinely surprised to be receiving so much love from her home-town audience.
Taking time out to take pictures and talk with her fans (including me and my good friend Eve, such fangirls!), Indiana went to the length of inviting us all out to join her for post-show drinks and pizza. Even if her boyfriend is the co-owner of Nottingham Pizza Bar, Suede, it’s still pretty cool and kind of sweet that she’d want to spend time with anyone other than her dearest at the end of her tour. Just a local girl, keeping it real (even if she has met the actual Queen)! I can’t imagine that many others would have done the same. With the release of her debut album No Romeo set for release, after a couple of teasingly false starts, prepare to be bewitched on 16th January 2015. Be sure to pre-order the Deluxe version with some wonderfully rich rare treats to be had. Available for pre-order now! While you wait, check Indiana music out on Soundcloud, IndianaVevo and BBC Introducing.
Read my review in the Nottingham Post here: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Review-Indiana-Rescue-Rooms/story-24513466-detail/story.html