Review: Sourmash

Saturday January 10, 2009
The Mousetrap
Opening Act: John Strahl Band
Headliner: Sourmash

Sourmash is everything their name suggests: intense, delicious, and an essential ingredient for a damn good time. The band has been floating around the Indy music scene for quite sometime. They call Connor’s Pub in Broad Ripple their home and have a regular Sunday night gig there. Until just recently, however, Sourmash was strictly a cover band playing classic rock tunes, soulful blues, and alt-country. While the musicianship was respectable and their repertoire was gratifyingly diverse, it’s hard to get noticed by playing songs that belong to other artists. Realizing their potential and feeling ready to graduate to something bigger, Sourmash composed a slew of original material for a show at Spin in November and have been unstoppable ever since.

The band’s beginnings are rooted in acoustic music and they have always had a slight country slant to their style. For this show, however, Sourmash left their cowboy hats at home and brought endurance instead. Perhaps it was the hippie-friendly Mousetrap setting that made them steer clear of bluegrass. Or maybe the band’s sound is naturally evolving as they leave the comfort of cover songs and dive into the realm of songwriting. The reason is not important; the result is. These boys can jam.

The band’s front man Mark