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Review: Ancient Slang at The Sinking Ship

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The first Wasted Wednesday was set up to be a blast: Bloomington drone-pop band Sleeping Bag would headline, supported by some of Indianapolis' best, at The Sinking Ship - the working class bar that would host the concert series in 2013. Sleeping Bag had to cancel for health reasons, though, and Fire Moose was recruited to fill the empty slot.

I'd never heard of Fire Moose before they played Wednesday night, but the Bloomington post-punk garage outfit came swinging out of nowhere. Fire Moose is the solo project of Wyatt Montgomery Worcel who drums and performs vocals simultaneously. They sliced through fast-paced, fuzzed-out garage rock with traces of punk in the vocals and the performance. The Happy Market is their latest release, available on Fire Moose's website.

Todd Heaton's Street Spirits blew through the crowd with eclectic dream-pop. Heaton's vocals were mesmerizing as he switched between microphones; one attached to a vat of reverb and the other normal. Especially haunting was the song "Your Love" which hit especially hard on The Ship's stage with booming bass and repetitious drum beats. The group played with a contagious live energy that fed back into the music.

Ancient Slang opened the final set with a seething cover of "Fix Me" by Black Flag, which felt at home with the crowd at The Sinking Ship. The Fountain Square band is a mix of everything I love; stoner-punk, noisey feedback and gritty rock. This three-piece is played a set of gnarly tunes to close out the weekday evening.

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