Midwest State Of Mind was formed by a couple of guys from Greenwood, IN. Andrew Thompson (guitar and vocals) and Jay Patton (bass) grew up together and decided one day they needed more people to jam with. The group has seen different guitarist and drummers but these two have stuck it out since the beginning. They found Casey Ruggles (drummer) on craigslist. Jay’s long time buddy Matt Riegel (guitar) stepped in to join the band recently and helped finish their debut album.
The band’s sound has many different flavors. This is due to their influences having a range from Zeppelin to Rage Against The Machine to Sublime. This release has a little something for everyone. It is a good mix of rock, alternative and blues. Songs like “What You Wanted” and “Confusion” are heavy rock, then you have “It’s Mint” and “Policia” that have a more alternative feel. They bring it down and kick some for the ladies in the bluesy ballad of “Power”. Their best known show closer “One Day” is a very upbeat and positive ditty that gets the crowd moving.
The first track on the album is entitled “My Mind” and the lyrics were written by Matt Duncan. It captures the meltdown of chasing your problems away with sedation. Written almost 4 years ago and the band has been playing it live for over 2 years now. You might notice the intro for the song is taken from the TV show Alf. Check out the exclusive preview of the song below.
This Friday, May 9th they will having an album release party at the Vogue Theater. Fellow locals will be joining them such as Breakdown Kings, Phoenix At The Fault Line, and The Max Allen Band. Hosted by the legendary Ron Jeremy. Come try out his new Rum De Jeremy and pick up a copy of Midwest State Of Mind’s new album.
Photos by Magnetic Focus Photography