Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine, Traveling Broke and Out of Gas
1119 E. Prospect St.
Indianapolis, IN, 46203
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Fronted by tattooed blonde bombshell Lindsay Manfredi, American rock outfit Kaleidostars delivers powerful hooks, punk energy, and a glam rock swagger with aspirations to move audiences worldwide with its bold, ambitious, and inspired sound.
In some ways Lindsay Manfredi is a throwback to a 90s riot grrrl: a fearless, confident, and brainy feminist who is actively engaged in social causes (e.g., Lindsay is a co-founder of Girls Rock Indianapolis!, a rock camp for teenage girls). Lindsay’s voice can be juxtaposed from gritty and raw to sweet and melodic sometimes within the same song. Lindsay is also a gifted lyricist delivering lines like “heading there, brace for impact” (“Autograph”) and “we tend to take advice from lost souls” (“Soar”). It is clear to the engaged listener that Lindsay has a lot on her mind that she needs to express musically to connect with people experiencing their own hopes, dreams, and struggles.
Kalediostars formed from the ashes of Neon Love Life, an all-girl group Lindsay fronted that called it quits after it gained notoriety with an indie debut album due to a hectic tour schedule and a member moving away. Lindsay met future Kaleidostars’ band mates Eric Klee Johnson and Marc Johnson at The Pop Machine recording studios in Indianapolis where Eric and Marc produced a Neon Love Life track for “Forevermind”, a tribute record commemorating the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s “Nevermind”. The Johnson-Manfredi-Johnson collaboration was a success scoring over 70,000 downloads of the release. “It was natural for us to work together after the disbandment of Neon Love Life,” said Eric. “We have common musical sensibilities and a drive to make timeless, not timely, music”.
Kaleidostars recruited drummer Tony Medeiros upon Medeiros’ return to the U.S. Midwest after spending several years in Los Angeles as a session and touring musician. Eric, Marc, and Tony last worked together in the paisley underground band Wonderdrug. Eric and Marc are record producers and mix engineers who have worked with the Airborne Toxic Event, Cold Stares, Tokyo Police Club, and John Waite who oversee the recording of the K-Stars’ music.
Marc Johnson is a rock guitar phenom that colors Kaleidostars’ sound with an iconic Gibson-Marshall guitar sound who crafts muscular riffs worthy of Mick Ronson, Jimmy Page, or Jack White. Bassist Eric Klee Johnson and drummer Tony Medeiros interlock to provide a sturdy sonic foundation that is sometimes groovy, sometimes straight-ahead – always powerful.
Kaleidostars released their debut single “From Here” in 2012 and have pledged to release (at least) one song every month during 2013; January’s installment is the arena rock love anthem “Soar”. The individually released tracks (available for digital download and streamed online at Bandcamp and Soundcloud) will ultimately compile Kaleidostars’ debut release on Indie 500 records.
Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine
“…full of surprises. She possesses a songbird’s voice, a wisdom beyond her years and a delightfully smooth way of gliding across the piano keys. Everything from mournful sonic sculptures to crisp, lightweight ballads carried the day — always in celebration of the moment, whether it be the memory of something long gone or the freshness of something new.” –Nuvo Newsweekly
Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine are a piano-driven cross-pollination of singer-songwriter, indie rock and old school jazz using lush chords and impulsive horn lines to create their distinctive sound. Their songs have been described as “if Joni Mitchell and Aimee Mann had a baby with Charles Mingus.” Live shows have emphasized variety and spontaneity, from didgeridoos to impromptu rappers to homemade megaphones and banging on alarm bells. The Wondrous Flying Machine try to be as adventurous and honest as they can, but most of all grateful to be making music wherever they may go. Founder Mina Keohane was forming ripples in the Indianapolis music scene as a jazz composer with her group making stops at Indy Jazz Fest and landing the cover of Intake Magazine, a feature in Nuvo and Indy Men’s Magazine. She earned her degree in Jazz Composition at the Berklee School of Music. Mina spent the post college years concentrating solely on writing and arranging instrumental music, but always felt there was a different opportunity for self-expression and whimsy she was missing out on. Songwriting and singing became the conduit she was looking for, and the Wondrous Flying Machine became the vehicle. Still keeping true to her foundation, many of the songs are laced with jazz elements and improvisation. Each member of the WFM brings their own diverse backgrounds, ideas and personalities to the table. Their first full-length album, Maestro…a note is out now and available at live shows. The band lovingly hand-makes each album, each one unique, peculiar and unexpected…just like their makers.
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