Stories Worth Telling
Dying Indiana Stories Worth Telling The Ohio Valley, as any cartologist or climatologist will tell you, is just one big depression. The whole region is prone to floods and tornadoes. All along the banks of the mighty Ohio River, the manufacturing base is eroding along with the soil, leaving behind fossils of more than one variety. Family farms struggle to exist in a world seemingly run by ConAgra and Monsanto. Local municipalities boast support and growth potential for entrepreneurship, which is really just a more polite way of saying "No jobs here, you'll just have to create your own." So, what to do? How to combat the sometimes overwhelming mental and emotional depression that accompanies that kind of topographic and economic depression? Well, if you're Dying Indiana, you rock. Not the poseur kind of rock, the artificial kind that requires momentarily trendy costumes and eyeliner, not the kind that gets labeled in words that end with "o," like disco, techno, or emo. We're talking about real rock, the kind that makes you proud you grew up in the Midwest, where integrity actually still matters, and in the home state of John Mellencamp no less. Real rock, the kind that played on the radio as you came of age, with a full soundtrack of legendary bands like Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Beatles. The kind of rock they play at dive bars all across the country, where this band of four high school friends cut their teeth and learned how to be musicians. The kind of rock that only gets better when tempered with modern influences such as the Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate and even Metallica. The kind of rock that survives family tragedies, a few personnel changes, and at least four name changes. All are stories worth telling. Having paid the obligatory dues as a cover band, the group began it's original music career as Joshua's Window and released three albums under that name, along with a demo recorded and produced by Days of the New's Travis Meeks (and a subsequent stint opening for the first leg of DOTN's 2002 midwest tour). A brief collaboration with Zero Cycle's Dan Canon was called the Numb, which released an eponymous CD under the name, and an impromptu reunion with high school pals Tommy and Nate Depoyster led to a Bon Jovi-esque renaming to Depoyster, which resulted in an EP. The new album, aptly titled Stories Worth Telling, is self-produced and was recorded in drummer Donnie Arbuckle's home studio. Look for CD sales/release info, upcoming tour dates and more information at dyingindiana.com or myspace.com/dyingindiana. Dying Indiana is: Jon Harrod - vocals, guitar Nate DePoyster - guitar Donnie Arbuckle - drums Derek Carpenter - bass leslie a. stewart media relations (502) 451-7569.