I can’t think of a better way to relaunch “Hear! Hear!” than with an update on Among the Compromised, my favorite new band from the whole Birdy’s Battle Royale experience! The band played its first three shows as part of that Battle challenge, making it all the way to the finals, and though they would eventually fall short, it wasn’t for lack of trying. That performance they gave in the last round showed real pluck, a willingness to take risks with their sound that few other bands would be willing to attempt in the finals of a big-money competition. Eleadah Kemp remains my favorite singer in the city, with a voice that deserves to become a national threat, and there’s no reason to think they can’t join Battle winners Brother O’ Brother in becoming Indianapolis’ next huge thing.
If you’ve wanted to hear the band break out in a fuller performance than the Battle format would allow, tonight’s your big chance! They’ll take the stage at Birdy’s this evening after a little opening help from venue booker Henry French — who I’m told can really rock the stage when he’s not singing the praises of Jose Cuervo — and Indianapolis’ Dressed In Red, recent winners of the Indy in Tune showcase. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. If the previous three Among the Compromised appearances are any indication, this will be one of those shows you simply don’t want to miss. Especially if you’re a fan of women who rock — I’ve seen a few videos of Dressed in Red in action, and Mel Reffey definitely has her share of this city’s rock and roll charisma.
That’s what I’ve come to love about Birdy’s Live in the first place, the venue’s willingness to take risks on unproven bands, and then when they show what they can do, the venue backs them with future headlining opportunities. There’s a lot of competition in the Indianapolis scene for your concert dollar, but keep Birdy’s on your map. You won’t be disappointed.
Watch videos of Among the Compromised and Dressed in Red below: