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The Goat Farm – Atlanta, GA – May 2, 2014
“For the fan with an insatiable appetite for everything good”
Atlanta-based psychedelic pop super-group Indianapolis Jones made their jaw-dropping debut with a show that felt like a stadium rock concert, light show and all.▼ Article continues below ▼
They opened with the trippy “Investigators,” a great choice for setting the tone of evening. Nicholas Niespodziani’s impressive falsetto vocals accompanied by 80’s synth and guitar sounds, and stellar harmonies brought to mind The Partridge Family, if they were on acid. “More Than One” was next, invoking the happy spirit of a New Radicals song, and with its harmony-laden vocals this song had “hit single” all over it.
Each track was impressive in its intensity, yet also in it whimsy. Tim Smith’s (Jellyfish, Noel Gallagher and the High-Flying Birds, Sheryl Crow, The Producers) bass lines and special guest Mark Cobb’s (YOU, Yacht Rock Franchise) drumming were a huge driving force in laying down the foundation to some incredibly well-written songs. Add the confection of keyboardists Matt Lipkins and Jason Nackers and guitarist Adam Hoffman and you have a recipe for music that is just too good to let slip beyond your grasp.
The band did a great job transforming an outside space to a complete psychedelic wonderland and the light show and mirrors were enough to make anyone feel like they might’ve partaken in a toke or two. Indianapolis Jones has proven with this first show that they are already ripe for anyone with a pair of ears and a hankering for some insanely catchy, retro-pop songs with hooks to spare.
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photo credit: Jim Ramsdell