Last week I had the extraordinary opportunity to volunteer at a show sponsored by A Voice for the Innocent. AVFTI is an organization that is extremely close to my heart as they’ve been instrumental in my personal recovery as a victim of sexual violence and abuse. As soon as I had the opportunity to represent them I cleared my schedule. Before I was asked to volunteer I wasn’t aware of the upcoming show. There were two local bands and the headliner, a relatively new project Rebel Rampage.
I’d never heard of any of the bands before last week, but I wasn’t the least bit disappointed. The show was really well put together, everyone played very well and having the opportunity to talk to the band was really cool, especially considering the passion behind the project itself.
Rebel Rampage is classified as protest rock and styled after the likes of Rage Against the Machine and System of a Down. The hints of influence carry through in the vocal styling and thrumming bass riffs, yet they still manage to carry a style all their own. More than the music itself was the passion behind the message. It wasn’t a sales gimmick, or forced upon the band by marketing or management. Each member truly believes the message in their music is important and worth being heard.
It was obvious that they genuinely care about the project as they put on a top notch performance to an almost empty venue. Indianapolis (Indiana as a whole really) is known for its unwavering conservatism. Where there are pockets of individuals happy to speak out against governmental injustice, the community as a whole is unfortunately turning a blind eye to the important issues facing our country today. Even hosting a nonpartisan band such as Rebel Rampage, the crowd was small and lack luster.
The venue itself was well run, well maintained and provided excellent acoustics. The Melody Inn is a notable subject in itself as it carries historical significance in the punk and alternative communities. Perhaps it was just an off night all around, but Graham, Dylan and PunKy didn’t miss a beat. Excellent show.
There are big things in the works for the band, and I encourage everyone to take a moment to give them a listen.
Their debut album: Divided We Fall is available on Spotify, iTunes and pretty much everywhere you can find quality music these days.
For more information about Rebel Rampage please visit their website:
If the rebel rock isn’t really your style, check out Graham’s solo project! It’s a bit more low key. You can find more information here:
I’m looking forward to where things go for these guys. I know I’ll be at the next show, will you?
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