Best Indie: Fight the Fear
The term "indie" shifts in meaning all the time, as mainstream culture continually adapts ideas from the underground. Even still, at first listen, Fight the Fear might seem like a band with serious pop aspirations, rather than a band of the underground: They have a dynamic lead singer, upbeat tunes and the chops of serious professionals, and they go by their first names. But as drummer Jake puts it, to hit the pop charts these days, "with the style of music to [suit] a singer like we have, we'd have to omit guitars. I think why I prefer the indie category is, we are guitar-driven." Fight the Fear took shape about three years ago under the name Lakshmi (singer Gabrielle's middle name), and Jake concurs he and his bandmates set their sights high on their first album. "The sound of that record was, 'We're gonna be the next Paramore,'" he says. And since then, they've opened for Bon Jovi, placed a song in an ESPN montage and appeared in a yet-to-be-released independent movie. "It brought in a brand new audience that missed the rock in rock," he says of that album. But in their practice space, they've also edged toward less overtly poppy sounds. Jake points out they like prog rock and conspiracy theories. They took on a new name last fall, and now, he says, "we're at the beginning of being us." With their prog roots showing, Gabrielle working in dubstep and house influences, and their love of melody still in play, Jake calls the results "ambiance with a backbeat."
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