Queen City Productions is proud to present:
Hot Mulligan, Heart Attack Man, Jetty Bones
1627 Prospect St.
Indianapolis, IN, 46203
This event is all ages
For HOMESAFE, progression begins with a nod to the past.
On One, their debut LP for Pure Noise Records, the band dug deep into their ’90s rock influences, marrying
high-octane guitar riffs with buoyant choruses and threadbare attitude that demands listeners’ attention.
The result is an album that stands up squarely to the sound of right now but shines
with an aura of timelessness, one that effortlessly pays tribute to bands like Foo Fighters and Third Eye Blind without appearing regressive. It’s a musical style the Chicagoland band—vocalist/guitarist Ryan Rumchaks, vocalist/bassist Tyler Albertson, drummer Emanuel Duran and guitarist Joe
Colesby—have forged through years of relentless touring alongside acts like State Champs and Knuckle Puck (for whom Rumchaks plays bass) and past releases
(2014’s Homesafe, 2015’s Inside Your Head and 2016’s Evermore), but it’s never
been as calibrated as it is on One.
“We were 17 and 18 when we started the band,” Rumchaks explains. “We’ve just
grown so much as people, and that reflects in the music we’re writing.”
“When we first started touring, it was a really big growing experience,” Albertson
adds. “This record shows us having seen a lot of the world and starting to form a lot
of views about it. I think our old music was more homebody.”
Indeed, there’s a great big world out there beyond the Chicago suburbs, where the
group of high school friends began jamming in basements and garages in 2014. The
band’s expanded perspective shines on songs like the fiery political salvos “Sadistic
Society” and “Suits and Ties,” the sound of Homesafe finding their voice about the
world at large and, more importantly, not being afraid to use it. These moments are
later balanced by One’s more personal entries—like the breezy “Vanilla-Scented
Laser Beams” and sprawling ballad “Sideways Sleeper.”
In the end, balance is integral to the songs on One. It’s been a busy four years for
Homesafe, and with all the miles logged and fans gained come hearty doses of
reality: homesickness, self-doubt, a longing to make sense of the world at large. But
One isn’t afraid to wrestle with those topics, knowing the resolve to confront
uncertainty is always stronger than doubt itself.
“As young adults finding our place in society, we’re looking for ways to cope with
everything going on and looking for a sense of understanding,” Albertson says. “On a
small level, that’s personal relationships—broadening out to the way we see the
world around us. The world has changed so much in the past two years, more than
any of us have ever seen.”
Michigan’s upper peninsula is trapped under what seems like permafrost for most of the year. This chilling effect makes the landmass more comfortable with stationary lives rather than lives spent outside its natural sprawl. Hot Mulligan may have been born in this green giant, but they escaped its clutches shortly after high school to beat pavement and their own neuroses-at the same time.
Since 2014, the five-piece has gained ground for their earnest approach to songwriting, melding together the ferocious riffs of pop punk’s latest wave with the tenacious vulnerability of indie rock. The marriage is one shared by many bands, but on Opportunities - their latest EP earning a re-release via No Sleep Records - the courtship entangles itself in new territories, mostly in those characterized by cavernous percussion, hooks so buoyant they bob up and down, and guitar and synth interplay that belong to a much older, bolder band.
The future is full of other excuses to keep moving, and for Hot Mulligan, they’re easily jumping at the chance to speed up.