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“A mystery within a puzzle, ‘I’m Healed’ opens with slender, interlocking guitar lines, akin to some kind of lost 4AD release from 1991.” – Clash Magazine
“Definite fan of these kids, they have that special something” – BBC Fresh on the Net
“INDIGOS have managed to blow us away with their sonic spectrum” – Bristol In Stereo
INDIGOS, the latest export of Bristol’s vibrant and significant live music scene, are pleased to announce their signing to premiere shoegaze bastions Club AC30 with the release of their heavenly self-titled debut EP.
An effortless blend of 90s post-punk grunginess mixed with layers of psychedelic guitars and irresistible pop hooks makes ‘INDIGOS’ an enchanting prospect, steeped in that ever popular juxtaposition between dark existential angst and blissful summer licks.
The 4-track was produced by Ben Johnson and IDLES guitarist Lee Kiernan with individual parts recorded from different studios, born as much from the bands financial limitations as anything else. Within these constraints they were able to pull together from various sessions and with the help of multiple collaborators, crafted something that sounded unexpectedly polished and extraordinarily expansive.
Opener ‘Silhouette Of You’ enraptures with its dreamy duel harmonies, marching, anthemic beat and blistering chorus while follow-up and lead single ‘I’m Healed’ goes to ever darker depths. ‘Animalistic’ leans into their cool slacker grooves and nonchalant delivery before euphoric closer ‘Out Of Body’ displays their more intimate stylings beautifully paired with a brutal cascade of riffs.
Lyrically the writing is diverse but always viewed through a poetic lens, exploring themes of self-reflection, projection, nostalgia, dystopia and more. They tells us that “our lyrics very often grow out of streams of consciousness as we bounce off each other’s ideas. We usually don’t know what a song is even about until it’s very nearly finished. Rather than trying to force a song into a preconceived ‘box’, we feel that creativity thrives on letting go of attachment to the end result, leaving the song to take on a form of its own, guiding the next steps we take, and essentially writing itself. Each song is as much a mystery to us as it is to anyone else, and that’s the way we like it.”
Recalling the likes of Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, their songwriting knack and live reputation piqued industry interest early on, with two Dot to Dot Festival appearances, a support slot with Cherry Glazerr and 6 Music airplay.