The Indigo Curve provides the ultimate indie rock adrenaline rush.
The Detroit quintet of Ish Chowdhury (vocals, guitar), Adam Liles (guitar), Niko Kannapell (bass), Markus Kennedy (drums) and Mike Liles (organ, keys) instantly kick-starts dormant souls with a welcoming infusion of vigorous instrumentation, contemplative lyrics and emotive vocals.
“With this band, a goal of ours is to make music that’s a story of 2021. I don’t want a feeling of ‘this reminds me of 1995’ or ‘this takes me back to the ‘70s.’ It’s not like that’s bad or anything. That music is sweet as hell, but I just think we’re trying to make today’s song,” said Chowdhury, who formed the band with Adam Liles and their three bandmates in 2020.
Chowdhury, Adam Liles and their bandmates will bring that modern musical mindset to The Detroit Shipping Company live stage on Oct. 16. They will perform two 45-minute, action-packed sets at the Detroit-based restaurant collective.
“We’re a little over a year in, and with this music that we just put out with this EP, we’re starting to find where the five of us come together to make a sound that’s all of us. That’s compared to last summer when we just were playing and writing whatever came to mind,” Adam Liles said.
At the Regenesis Drive-In with Caligula
In August, The Indigo Curve dropped their addictive, banger self-titled EP, which seamlessly shifts through five honest tracks about renewal, relationships, reflection and growth. As a follow-up to last year’s subterranean Indian Summer debut, it’s a 20-minute indie rock thrill ride that rejuvenates listeners and inspires them to live in the moment.
“Subconsciously, the passage of time and reflecting on my own life is something that’s constantly on my mind at the age that I’m at now. I subconsciously write about those things, but Ish is heavily involved in writing those songs, too,” said Adam Liles about the band’s sophomore release.
Like Adam Liles, Chowdhury infuses a relatable mix of thoughts, feelings and perspectives into the raw, honest tracks featured on The Indigo Curve.
“They kind of just come together that way usually. I’m never satisfied with lyrics, and I would change lyrics to some songs that are out right now. I could be like, ‘Yeah, that shit’s pretty cool,’ but sometimes you could just say something better. Like Adam said, that stuff is always on everyone’s mind. What else are you going to write about?” said Chowdhury, who’s inspired by Explosions in the Sky, The Black Keys, The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys.
The Indigo Curve opens with the frenzied, fearless ode to rebirth on “Regenesis Drive-In,” which melds buzzy, swirling electric guitars with thumping drums, crashing cymbals, propulsive bass and vivid synths.
Chowdhury boldly sings, “You love to get so busy/Trying to figure it out/I just sit back/And I enjoy the show/Regenesis drive-in/Everyone has a home.”
“With this EP, we really wanted to tell people, ‘Hey, we’re not just a band, we’re a good band.’ We just want to show people our songwriting in our own way, and we don’t want to fit the mold of anybody else,” Adam Liles said.
The Indigo Curve continues to break the indie rock mold on the sparkling, ruminative gem, “Elevator Coaster.” Glistening electric guitars, pounding drums, spirited bass and ticking cymbals whip listeners to a hidden floor filled with freedom, adventure and curiosity.
Chowdhury reflects, “Oh I just can’t be sure/No, not anymore/It’s not like before/I’m so different from them/I just can’t pretend/So much for pretending.”
“Ish and I have been writing songs together for about four or five years now. It’s starting to feel like we finally have a sense of ourselves in our songs. You can have a good song, but where is Adam, Ish or the rest of the band in that? But now it’s good songs that are important to us, and we have stuff devoted to that,” said Adam Liles, who’s influenced by Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and The Strokes.
The band also released an intimate live performance video of “Elevator Coaster” in August. Filmed at JK (Not Kidding) Studios with Bird Fight Records, it features tight shots of Chowdhury cupping the mic while his bandmates jam away.
“It was always a faint idea to do a live video as we were recording. Then, we went over there a month later and spent half a day recording it. There are two or three other songs in that same kind-of-style video that will be released soon and even a cover,” Adam Liles said.
Another striking track from The Indigo Curve includes the opulent, Romanesque “Caligula” as tingling cymbals, palpitating drums, soulful bass and vibrant, echoey guitars glide into groove-filled sovereign territory.
Chowdhury warns, “Throw me down/Watch your speed/Fucked up like the friends you keep/I feel good/But I’m not me/What does that make you?”
“It has a nice ring to it, but the whole song isn’t about the realistic Caligula. It’s about a plagued guy, and he fucks everything up. At the end of it, he’s just a deadbeat guy and a scumbag. It’s a modern day Caligula,” Chowdhury said.
The Indigo Curve started recording their self-titled EP with producers John Katona and Tom Mihalis at JK (Not Kidding) Studios in March. They initially worked with the duo on the Tarantino-inspired cowboy anthem “Unchained,” which begins the band’s initial descent into indie rock terrain.
“These guys are fucking good. They told us back when we were doing ‘Unchained’ in November that it was the first time they had recorded a rock band. We’re like, ‘Hell yeah, dude. Let’s go.’ We said we gotta go back ASAP and do an EP there. We went there and had this comfortability of recording there for a few months,” Chowdhury said.
505 and 2021
Since recording and releasing their self-titled EP, The Indigo Curve shared another compelling live performance video from their JK (Not Kidding) Studios session with Bird Fight Records. It’s a gripping, lively cover of Arctic Monkeys’ 2007 gem, “505,” from Favourite Worst Nightmare.
“We have two more live videos from the Bird Fight Sessions, and we plan to release those, but have no cemented date as of yet,” Adam Liles said.
After Saturday’s Detroit Shipping Company show, The Indigo Curve will perform Oct. 29 at a house show in Kalamazoo and Oct. 30 at the Cadieux Café in Detroit. They’re also continuing to work on new material, including a potential release before year’s end.
“We have a lot of good songs in the bank, and we plan to get back with John and Tom soon and start recording more. We’re trying to keep it going, and we’re constantly striving to write great songs. We feel like we’re starting to do that now, so we gotta get them out there,” Adam Liles said.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16
The Detroit Shipping Company, 474 Peterboro in Detroit