"Indofin effectively combines grooving skank basslines with reggaedub drumming punk-influenced distorted guitars, and melodic rock vocals to create a unique sound that will make people wanna party."
INDOFIN FACT SHEET 2005 debut album
Band Name : Indofin
Musical Style- rock music w/reggae , ska, punk and hiphop influences
Hometown- Austin TX
Current CD : Indofin- 2X Broken
-TJ Huerta / lead guitar/vocals
-Albert Huang/ bass, booking
-Donny Mann/ drums
-Eric Tussing - lead guitar/vox
Day one: Members of the band Indofin quit their day jobs, abandoned their houses, and put all their belongings in storage. Day two, but really their first day on the road: smoke billows like a chimney from the tour van’s transmission. Day Five: the van is fixed and Indofin hits the road after several nights in a cheap motel. Day Six: Gun shots are fired! Indofin is hijacked on a deserted Phoenix highway. A band member gets pistol whipped and gangsters order the group out of the van. Still Day Six… the police arrive and say,“Welcome to Phoenix.” And here you have a day in the life of the reggaeskapunk band Indofin. From here, their story goes uphill, give or take a few road bumps, as they climb to the top of the reggaeskapunk scene in Texas and beyond.
Fortunately for fans of “grooving skank basslines, reggaedub drumming, punk-influenced distorted guitars, and melodic rock vocals that just make you wanna party,” Indofin is a band that grows stronger in the face of adversity. They’ve been hailed as “a band to watch for” (New Music Spotlight), who “will delight audiences with their fresh musical approach to Reggae/Rock splashed with Punk and Ska” (RadioIndy). And FERNTV states that “whether they are infusing reggae, ska or punk in their music, their sound is definitely on point with a lot of soul” because as SKOPE Magazine reports, “the music these guys make is so good!”
Indofin’s most recent release, 2X Broken best exemplifies how far they have come. 2X Broken was produced by Ben Blank (Trent Reznor, Killer Bs, Tribal Nation, Burning Spear, Bob Schneider, Alejandro Escovedo) who also engineered, mixed, and mastered the record along with band members TJ & Albert. Several tracks including Nonprofit, Honey, Fingerfight, Blue Light, Princess, Sunshine and Breezy One are receiving internet and college radio airplay. All together Indofin’s releases have been on rotation by approximately 70 internet and college radio stations around the country on notable podcasts available on itunes: Q's House, New Music Inferno, Radio Orphans, Hangout Corp., Stampodcast, New Music Tampa Bay, and Fm102x Song of the Day. Indofin media outlets also include television appearance on Fox7 Good Day Austin and KEYE5.
Other Indofin releases are their self-titled album “Indofin” which included hit tracks “Boozer Holiday,” “Put In Work” and “Run.” “Put In Work" was featured on Austin Punk Rock Compilation CD and Austin Music Network aired “Boozer Holiday.” The song “Run” was selected for the Skratch Magazine Warped Tour compilation CD and it charted at Number 2 Ska on Garageband.com. Other songs from their debut album, “Rule of Thumb,” “Zanbar,” and “Sir Slippy” were featured on the Student Body Calendars DVD distributed to college campuses throughout Texas and Arizona. Another single, "Bleed," was included on the Austin Rockers for Life Compilation CD, a drunk driving prevention initiative. A band with a social conscience, Indofin recorded a live album titled Live @ Ruta Maya in Austin TX, released in digital format, and also mastered by Ben Blank, where proceeds were donated to help rebuild Haiti.
From the early days of surviving on the road, Indofin has become a nationally touring band with over 300 shows in 50 cities. Noted for their raw energy and intensity, they’ve been a South by SouthWest favorite five years in a row. During SXSW, they played at the MusicGorilla Showcase 2010 and at the
TJ Huerta - Guitar / Vocals
Albert Huang - Bass.
Donald Mann - Drums/Percussion
Eric Tussing - lead guitar/ backup vocals
"Koochie Karma" video/single (no longer available) 2001
"Boozer Holiday" EP(out of print) 2002
"Boozer Holiday" video/single, airplay on Austin Music Network 2002
"Power To Tell" single 2003
"Put In Work" single on Austin Punk Rock Compilation v.2 May 2004
"Run" single June 2005
Indofin(selftitled full length album) released June 2005
garageband.com's number 2 ska track June 2005
The songs "Zanbar", "Rule of Thumb", and "Sir Slippy" were featured in the StudentBodyCalendars DVD, released Sept. 2006
In 2007, "Bleed" was included on the Austin Rockers for Life compilation CD released to prevent drunk driving.
Jan. 2010 Indofin digitally released a live album from a show they played recently in Austin, the album download is available at http://indofin.bandcamp.com and includes lyrics and photos. Also it can be downloaded on iTunes, CD Baby, Emusic, Amazon, and most other online outlets.
Indofin- Live @ Ruta Maya Austin TX, 1/15/2010
You can also get it through the website www.indofinmusic.com
Indofin- 2X Broken, released July 13 2010
First Single- Nonprofit
New tracks getting airplay on internet and radio:
-Nonprofit, Honey, Fingerfight, Blue Light, Princess, Sunshine,
Indofin's songs can be heard for free on any of their websites as well as the following internet radio station sites:
Indie104-iRadioLA(1.FM on iTunes)- www.indie104.com
Channel 93.3 fm Area 93 Denver, CO www.area93.com
100.5fm The Drive, Charleston, SC www.1005thedrive.com
WEBN 102.7fm Shut Up and Rock www.webn.com
KRAB 106.1fm Your New Rock Station www.krab.com
102.1fm The Edge www.kdge.com
RockHard 101.9fm Hawaii's Hard Rock www.rockhard1019.com
104.7fm WIOT Toledo's Rock Station Toledo OH
Channel 104.9fm www.channel1049.com
Rock 96.7fm The Rock Station www.rock967.com
RadioX96-1 Mostly Music Every Hr. www.radiox961.com
94HJY The Home of RockNRoll www.94hjy.com
Tristate Fox Sports 1230 & 1430 Indianapolis IN
WGIR Morning Buzz www.skyshow21.com
WRVV The River 97.3, www.wrvv.com
WVRK-FM 102.9 www.rock103online.com
DC101 Washington DC's Rock Station www.dc101.com
Radio 106.7 Columbus OH www.tv1067.com
94.5 The Buzz Houston TX, www.ktbz.com
USA4Real Internet Radio
The Hype Machine
Hard to Hear Radio
Stir It Up Expo Battle of the Beach
Last FM: www.last/fm/artist/Indofin
Next Big Thing in Rock
Skope Radio and TV
FM 102 X Song of the Day
New Music Tampa Bay Podcast
Hangout Corp Podcast
Q's House Podcast
Reggae Link Podcast
The Hype Machine
Licorice Pizza Blog
Radio Orphans Podcast
Pete Cogle's Podcast
Indofin - Blue Light
Indofin - Honey
Indofin - Fingerfight
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2X Broken by Indofin ( reggae artist from Austin TX)
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"2x Broken" by Indofin (Reggae Artist from Austin, TX) The musical group, Indofin, releases their..."2x Broken" by Indofin (Reggae Artist from Austin, TX)
The musical group, Indofin, releases their second album, "2X Broken," and will delight the audience with their fresh musical approach to the basis of Reggae/Rock splashed with Punk and Ska. The entire CD is comprised of captivating songs that are set to an enticing blend of syncopated beats and sharp vocals. "Bluelight" is a bouncy tune with a strong and assertive bass line that complements the melodic vocals. Another song, "Fingerfight," is bright and lively as the edgy guitar adds punch to the mix. Taking a more soulful turn, "Breezy One," is slightly laid back as the vocals sing with expressive precision. Rounding off the album, the title track, "2X Broken," is a hue of energy as the drums roll off in cut time while the vocals and guitar merge with forceful power. If you're a fan of the group Sublime and like vibrant and energetic songs, then you will definitely want to hear the outstanding songs on the album, "2X Broken."
-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
File Transfer Complete Blog- Indofin
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JUNE 29, 2010 File Transfer Complete BLOG-- Indofin FTC is all about finding and introducing new ki...JUNE 29, 2010 File Transfer Complete BLOG-- Indofin
FTC is all about finding and introducing new kinds of music to people. So we asked for something different, and we got it! Indofin is a band with a mix of genres from ska, punk, reggae, and indie. They are a trio consisting of TJ Huerta on guitar and vocals, Albert Huang on bass, and Donny Mann on drums. You can really pick out the different sounds and Indofin has managed to lace them together well. Indiebandstop.com says "The music is solid and pulls on all the different musical styles mentioned before to keep the entire album fresh. Each new song brings a new musical flavor into the mix". They are a band from Austin, Texas that formed in 2002. They are releasing their third album, titled "2x Broken" to be available online on July 13. We think this band has a lot of potential, so we have voted for them to win the Stir It Up Expo Battle Of The Beach Contest. The 5 winning bands will be sent to play a show in Jamacia in September. You can vote once a day here and you don't have to sign up for anything. It will be much appreciated. Listen to them at www.myspace.com/indofin and become a fan of them at www.facebook.com/indofin. Also follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/indofin!
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Week 42 - Indofin 2x Broken
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June 24, 2010 Week 42: Indofin - 2x Broken (This is week 42 of my 52 Austin CD Reviews in 52 Weeks...June 24, 2010
Week 42: Indofin - 2x Broken
(This is week 42 of my 52 Austin CD Reviews in 52 Weeks Project)
“I’ve got sunshine on my mind. I’ve got a heart so hard to find. I’ve got troubles no one cares to know” - Sunshine
Fresh from a trip to the Wakarusa Festival in Ozark, Arkansas, the guys in Indofin are gearing up for the release of their second full-length studio release 2x Broken. If you are a fan of the dirty-reggae-punk sound that Sublime’s live shows were chock full of, you’ll be a fan of this Austin three-piece.
The 12 tracks that make up this record combined come in at just over 30 minutes of what I would term as throwback reggae-punk music. Leading off with the distortion-driven “Honey,” the album’s sound is established early. The crawling reggae sound continues on such tracks as “Whatever,” “Nonprofit,” and “Riverside.” And songs like “Blue Light,” “Princess,” and “Missing Me” operate at a nice reggae-jam speed.
The vocals of T.J. Huerta are decidedly imperfect, but it’s very fitting for the tracks that comprise the album. The songs are full of regret and hearbreak. Apparently someone broke his heart good. But, the album is also a celebration of coming out the other side, in personal relationships and as a band. I think “Sunshine” is the key track to prove this point.
My favorite track on 2x Broken is a track called “Fingerfight.” The two minute jam is led by the crisp guitarwork of Huerta. The bass-line of Albert Huang keeps the song flowing while the percussion of Donny Mann brings it all together.
“Enough with all this posturing, fingerfighting fist a cuffs I got myself an ex-girlfriend / enough with all the apologizing, If you don't so I'm probably gonna do the same / I'm feeling like a bird in a cage when you come by to say hi you take this pain away / I pray, and I pray.”
The album ends with “2x Broken” that begins as a classic country song before it leads into a punk rock jam that would make the Dropkick Murphys proud.
If you’ve been through a rough break-up this album may serve as therapy, and as I stated at the beginning of this review if you are/were a Sublime fan, you’ll ikely find yourself at home with Indofin.
They are releasing 2x Broken on July 13, and will have a hometown release party at an INsite Night on Friday July 16 at Encore (611 Red River) with The Buzzkillers, Under The Gun and Root Dimension. If you’re an early bird, they will be on your television between 7-9a playing Fox 7's Good Day Austin on July 16 as well.
You can pick up the album at the show, or if you can’t make it download it on Amazon.com or order it via their website - http://indofinmusic.com/
Vents Magazine Sitting Chair Feature - Indofin
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June 9, 2010 VENTS MAGAZINE SITTING CHAIR FEATURE: REVIEW: Swirling, Smokey, sticky, and comple...June 9, 2010 VENTS MAGAZINE SITTING CHAIR FEATURE:
REVIEW: Swirling, Smokey, sticky, and completely enjoyable, the musicians in Indofin have created a simultaneously spaced out, euphonic, and bluesy, take on reggae, rock, and bits of hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Already a force in the Austin Texas scene, with appearances at SXSW in 2003-2007, and a spot on the Texas dates of the Warped Tour, they seem poised to spread there music of love, drugs, and good times further and further. One thing you should know though, they aren’t just another Sublime rip off band, though there are similarities to the Long Beach legends, the sounds of Indofin are uniquely their own, and the laid back grooves and Hip-Hop lyrical nuances on “Boozer Holiday“, along with the space mutant intro and fast upstrokes on the ska-punk number “Zanbar” prove this point nicely. So relax, gather with friends, and let Indofin take you away to the good times.
See website www.indofinmusic.com to read an interview with Albert from Indofin
FooManChoo Reviews: Indofin
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Foo's first thought hear is Sublime meets The Chili Peppers. But, there is some creative old school ...Foo's first thought hear is Sublime meets The Chili Peppers. But, there is some creative old school here with Indofin; by the time you get to the crazy intro and exit of "Boozer Holiday", it's obvious that these guys have partied with Pink Floyd. Yeah, who hasn't. And perhaps judging from the band's personal reasons for wanting to be on Foo's Famous Reviews (of which the Foo will not quote here) these cats have had a party with the best of them.
Now Foo will briefly flash the wok with a pinch of hot spices and give just a hint of warning to this band of misfits - get a manager who rolls like a rock star but, can also kick your ass and talktheir way out of five Chinese finger puzzles at the same time. Problem solved.
Ok, now that the dish is spicy, a bit more about the underlying flavors. This band of already infamous musicians pushes out a heavy mix of reggae/rock, with moments of rage like a punk band and absolutely remarkable segways and intros that resemble the tricks of psychedelic yester-year.
Hmmm... now Foo will very carefully put the finishing touches on this dish. Foo knows nothing of this 'Bubble' recording place (Foo is East Coast), for the most part the recording is top notch. Perhaps some creative care could be taken with the vocal harmonies. Foo thinks that they are to close together and thus adds confusion to the mix. Confusion spawns fear and from
there one is helplessly spun into the dark side..or..um, one might have the tendency to waiver in pitch. So this paragraph is not really about the sound as much as it is production. Maybe Foo suggests that they plan out the harmonies with a bit more spatial harmony - try one low instead of dancing in the same octave. If anyone has a set of those tiny pipes lying around, go high every now and then. Maybe even the high guy (duh-huh) would use a mildly blended effect like chorus or that hot little MXR flange -you know, the orange one that Foo's friend stole from him in collage.
New Music Spotlight July2009 edition
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T.J. Huerta (Guitar/Vocals), Donnie Mann (Drums), and Albert Huang (Bass) are the fantastic trio tha...T.J. Huerta (Guitar/Vocals), Donnie Mann (Drums), and Albert Huang (Bass) are the fantastic trio that makes up the members of the super talented band (Indofin). The band's fusion of several genres (alternative punk rock band, with reggae, ska, funk, and hip-hop) into one melodious tune is what makes Indofin the band to watch out for in the coming years. In this special music spotlight with Indofin, our Webzine gets to know the band a little better. Enjoy!
Isaac: What was the best part of 2008 for you musically?
Indofin: I [Albert, our bassist] decided to go to school for recording arts, we wrote and worked on a bunch of new songs, and made the major decision to keep the band together even though we were down to three of the original five members.
Isaac: What do you feel was your biggest accomplishment for 2008?
Indofin: We got perform on major network television once. Our bassist's [Albert's] father passed away in the spring of 2008, about a month before our fifth US tour which was looking quite promising. We also had quite a few regional dates around Texas booked already. Anyway, he [Albert] had to leave the country twice and we basically cancelled all our upcoming shows (about 25 gigs) and whatever immediate plans we had, and we just didn't jam or practice or play shows at all for about 6 months. In the fall, we started doing some gigs again at home and in 2009, after Albert had been in school for awhile, he started bringing us into the studio to record our new songs which was when new life emerged in Indofin.
Isaac: Describe the music scene in area.
Indofin: It is highly competitive and cutthroat in Austin TX. There more and more crooked promoters these days and very few bands actually make a living just performing. A few show promoters have adapted the Los Angeles method of making bands sell tickets to the shows they are booked on. Most bands actually don't get paid at all, and you really gotta work to get a good crowd to your show since on any given day of the week there are so many options in terms of concerts to go to. The local music scene is struggling against big business, sound ordinances, and a growing population in a relatively small area. But events like Austin City Limits, SXSW, and other numerous live music events bring thousands of people from all over the world and they are a major part of the city's economy. But as we said, any night of the week there's a good band playing, which is cool.
Isaac: What has been the best venue to perform at and why?
Indofin: We've always enjoyed playing at Stubbs in Austin TX. The first time we played there, we were the opening band for the Jagermeister tour in 2007, and we were opening for The Supervillains and The Expendables. Well, the show was near sold out, and started late, so when we were getting on stage the room was already packed, and they just loved us. Besides that the sound was amazing, the venue paid us well, and we got it on video, which everyone can check out on our MySpace. We also got to play the Hot Topic Kevin Says Stage at Vans Warped Tour 2007 in Houston and that was a very memorable experience as well.
Isaac: Elaborate a little about whom were your biggest influences in the music industry and why?
Indofin: Nirvana, Sublime, Bob Marley, Rancid, Janes Addiction, RedHotChiliPeppers, Reel Big Fish, the list could go on and on. We all grew up in the 90s, and these bands all did something to either define a genre or create a new scene. All these bands gave birth to a wave of imitator bands or wannabes in various scenes (some good, some not so good) but they pretty much make up the scene today. The bands we named above that stuck with it and are still around today are pretty much as successful as you can get as a band, they continue to make good music, their live shows are amazing, and we highly respect all of that about them.
Isaac: Let's talk about what you feel you will bring to the music industry.
Indofin: We'd like to be able to show hopeful or prospective musicians that nowadays it is possible to make a living in the music industry without getting famous or getting signed to a label. We were one of the first bands in the Austin scene to book our tour independently and entirely on our own. The tour was an absolute disaster, but it did give us some degree of street cred and we definitely learned what not to do. At this point in our career, we really don't care at all about being famous, all we really want is to do what we do, without having to seek approval from the label, giving up creative control, and becoming the people we hate.
Isaac: If you had an opportunity to work with one artist or group, who would it be and why?
Indofin: We would have loved to open a show for Sublime, but unfortunately that is not possible. Ever since the beginning of Indofin, people have always compared us to them and most fans of Sublime that hear us become fans of ours. We are actually recording at the studio in Austin where Sublime recorded parts of their last record. We did on one occasion get to open a soldout show in Austin for Badfish Sublime Tribute band, and that's about the closest we'll ever get to that dream. Other people we'd like to work with are Tim Armstrong from Rancid, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones and Tenacious D, simply because these guys all "get it", in our opinion.
Isaac: How would you describe your music to others?
Indofin: We don't like to be labeled a single all encompassing genre. But to simply put it, we are an alternative punk rock band, with reggae, ska, funk, and hip-hop influences. We played every type of show out there, including sets with metal bands to crazy weird minimalist experimental bands. Our songs are mainly simple, they all have 4 count time signatures, usually a verse and chorus parts that repeat. All of us taught ourselves how to play the instruments we play. Some of our songs sound like Sublime, some songs sound like The Beatles, and still other songs that are so different or so out there and weird that they can't even be compared to anything that people have ever heard.
Isaac: What type of feedback have you received from fans about your music?
Indofin: Most fans of Sublime will compliment us by telling us we sound like Sublime. Still others might put us down by saying we sound like Sublime. Other bands we've been compared to are Rancid & RHCP. We don't really mind all the comparisons but we would like our fans to realize and appreciate that there's more to us, and that our music has plenty of room to grow and evolve. We don't wanna be like Aerosmith or ACDC, who are just stuck recording the same album over and over again.
Isaac: Where can fans locate you at online?
Indofin: Our new website is up at www.indofinmusic.com. They can also find us on MySpace, Purevolume, ReverbNation, Facebook, and everywhere else. Our music is available on iTunes, CDbaby, and Amazon just to name a few.
Isaac: What can fans expect from you in the next five years?
Indofin: We are planning to release our second record at the end of this year. After that, our fans should be on the lookout for us on tour and playing in their towns. We really do want to perform in other countries and that's something we want to move towards, so even our fans outside the US should be on the lookout for us over the next few years. Five years from we would like to be a band that's able to support themselves through our music and through performing our music. It is not so important to us to be signed on a label as it is to just like what we are doing and having the creative freedom to do what we want.
Isaac: Time for some shout outs to your family, friends, and fans…
Indofin: We are so grateful to all of our families for their support. And we want to thank all our friends and fans we have met across the country who have personally sacrificed or gone out of their way to either feed us food or give us a place to sleep while we've been on tour.
Isaac: Final words…
Indofin: Buy our CD on iTunes and visit www.indofinmusic.com and join the streetteam!
Texas Based Band Loves Playing in Bayou Country Dec, 2007
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Big Fun correspondent DJ TRoLL recently talked to Justin Cook, a singer with Austin, Texas-based Ind...Big Fun correspondent DJ TRoLL recently talked to Justin Cook, a singer with Austin, Texas-based Indofin about the band’s love of Houma.
What albums have you released so far?
Some of the early stuff was an LP with four tracks on it. We recorded it at my house. That was probably back in 2001. Before that we had just a bunch of stuff we recorded ourselves. That was probably our first album. Almost two years ago, we recorded a CD in a weekend. That was done at Bubble Studio. That was Indofin’s self-titled "Indofin." That was about all the major recording we’ve done. We’re gonna go back into the studio early next year and record a new album. I think we’re all looking forward to that.
What span of distribution will this next CD have?
Wherever our band takes us. You know, we sell our CDs at CDBaby.com, you can buy them from our Web site itself, or you know, at our shows. We just sell them. We don’t have any main distribution. We do it all ourselves. We have a managing company based out of Ohio, HM Concerts and Management, and they’re gonna help us mainly with the recording of the new album. They’re not doing any of the distribution. We just signed with them this year, and we’ll see where that takes us.
Will you play in Houma again anytime soon?
I don’t know when the next time will be. The guys in Johnny On Coke are coming to Austin to play a show with us soon. We’re always down to play in Houma. We love the hell out of Houma. The kids have a good time at the shows. We try to make it out to Houma at least three times a year.
You opened for Johnny On Coke’s CD release. How was that show?
I had a great time. I don’t know if you saw our singer T.J. (Huerto). He was probably the drunkest one there. We always have fun in Houma. We go out to California and Hollywood and all these different places and people will be like "Where’s your favorite place to play, and every time we say it’s Houma, Louisiana. When we go to other places people are pretentious. They’re not that way in Houma.
You guys got onstage together. How was that?
Anytime you get the chance to freestyle it’s a good time.
A lot of people have mistaken you for a local band because you play in the area so much. At that show you were kind of the local band that wasn’t, so what is your favorite thing about this area?
I think it’s just people have a thing for the music. I mean, out here in Austin everyone and their mom is in a band, so I think that usually people in smaller towns have more of a desire to hear music because they don’t get to hear it as much. And in Louisiana the people know how to party. They’ve got some drinkers, man.
What are some of your favorite Houma bands?
I don’t know if I know too many, but it’d have to be Johnny On Coke and Ta Ta Destroyers.
What places in Houma have you guys been to other than the Brick House?
There’s a place called the Garage. Those are all we’ve ever played in Houma.
Oh, yea. That place unfortunately shut down. But where else have you been around town? Not just playing … like, I know we went to Danny Billelo’s.
The restaurant? That gumbo was off the chain. That was a good hamburger too. Our last time in Houma we played at a Mexican restaurant and then we stayed over at some of the guys from Ta Ta Destroyers’ house. They had the backyard-wrestling match and that’s one of our best memories there. We have a whole section of pictures on our MySpace page for that.
What is your band most known for?
Getting drunk and acting like idiots.
What is your goal as a musical group?
We like to have fun, and creating music is what we like to do, but one day we’d love to get paid for doing what we do. I mean, everybody wants to get paid to do what they do. It’s not the only reason you do it, but when you get a little bit of recognition for what you do, it’s good.
What are your biggest musical influences?
We go from Slayer to Sublime, of course, to Outkast and Tupac. Almost anything we can think of. We’ve got a whole list of our influences on MySpace. I think we all listen to whatever; from classic rock to old country music to rock-and roll and rap music. We listen to everything you can listen to.
What are your live shows like?
Drunken debauchery … and that’s about it. I mean, I think we’re high energy, we have a good time, we relate well to people, and we probably get sloppy because we probably drink too much, but you know, it’s all part of the genre. I mean, you go to a club to drink and listen to music. There’s no other reason to do rock-and-roll other than drunken debauchery.
Absolutely. Tell me something personal about you or the other members of your band.
I think our best story is when we were in an attempted car jacking in Phoenix while on tour. I think it was the Mexican mafia. I’m not sure, but they tried to pin us in, and they shot at our van with their gun. They hit Donny (Mann) across the head and tried to pull him out of the car, and that’s probably our best story. We went to Phoenix, and they tried to steal our van but we got away. If you go on the MySpace, there’s a picture of the hood with the bullet hole in it.
What do you stand for?
Not much. If you ask T.J., it’s probably love and rock-and-roll, but I’d say it’s all about having fun. I mean, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. There’s too much other serious stuff going on in the world. We just make music, and if you like it you like it. If you don’t, well you know, oh well. We’ll still party with you.
What else would you like to tell your Houma area fans?
We love you. We love you a lot. Houma’s one of our favorite places to play. The Brick House treats us really good. Everyone treats us really good. They think we’re cool, which is pretty cool. They’re probably the only people who think we’re cool. We just always have a good time, and we always want to come back.
Aww. We love you guys too. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview, man. Come back soon.
Absolutely. Thank you.
Song Revelation Artist Interview- Indofin
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Artist Interview – Indofin May 4, 2011 By Kevin Leave a Comment Indofin are an indie fusion band...Artist Interview – Indofin
May 4, 2011 By Kevin Leave a Comment
Indofin are an indie fusion band from Austin, Texas consisting of TJ Huerta (guitar & vocals), Albert Huang (bass), Donny Mann (drums) and Eric Tussing (lead guitar and drums). Despite their busy schedule this spring they kindly agreed to complete an interview for Song Revelation. Read on to find out what their currently working on, which modern day artists they are inspired by and what it’s like living in Austin!
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Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
Reggae, ska, punk, rock with subtle influences of metal, funk, hiphop, and country.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
“Indofin effectively fuses thick grooving skank basslines with consistent reggaedub drumming, & in your face reggae punk guitar chords and melodic rock vocals to create a distinct sound that will make people wanna party.”
Q: What is your musical background?
We’ve been playing together in this band for about a decade. Since 2005, we’ve toured around the US 4-5 times, played Warped Tour in 2007, played at Wakarusa Festival last year, and supported shows for many of today’s national touring acts and independent bands including Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Expendables, and The Supervillains just to name a few. TJ originally played drums before Indofin, Albert played bass in various Austin local bands before Indofin and is currently studying at Berklee college of Music, Eric played guitar with a few bands and also worked various jobs in Austin involving live sound and music gear rentals, and Donny has always played drums in Indofin
Q: How was 2010 for you?
It was a good year. It was actually the one year where we had actually set goals at the beginning and we were luckily able to accomplish most of those goals, including the recording of the new album 2X Broken, the local CD release shows were all on schedule according to plan, and it was a blast playing at Wakarusa. We didn’t even play 10 shows last year, but we were definitely more focused than usual!
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Everything and everyone
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
It ranges from Cannibal Corpse to Sublime, and everything in between: Tenacious D, Lyrics Born, Big Boi, Foo Fighters, Fishbone, just to name a few.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Sure, Rancid, Rebelution, Damian Marley, Barrington Levy, Easy Star all Stars, etc.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Music used in the show “Eastbound and Down”
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Drinks, herbs and time
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Melody for sure.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Like anywhere, it has its ups and downs. We love living in Austin and we probably will always live here, but we don’t really like the music industry hype and the highly cutthroat competitive scene that seems to get bigger and more difficult to deal with each year, as more and more people move here from California with their corporate sponsors and innovative ideas to turn Austin into a small Hollywood.
Q: What are you currently working on?
Indofin is beginning to write new songs that will be on a possible EP to be released at the end of the year. Also, we recently resurrected our thrash metal punk band Bohemian Grove Disco, which features TJ on drums, Albert on bass, Eric on guitar, and our buddy Brian on vocals. We played in this band briefly back in 2005 right before Indofin’s first album/tour.
Also, we’ve just recently decided to get it going again and to play a few gigs this summer….. no telling for how long….
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Wakarusa Festival and any show where we we’ve been able to open for a sold out club
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Honestly, if we made it to 2012, that would be ok with us.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Indofin does not have anything currently scheduled but we’re sure we’ll play in our hometown at least once this summer. BGD(Bohemian Grove Disco) will actually be playing our first reunion show on Saturday June 11 at Plush Bar in downtown Austin. Eric’s other new band “Fine and Dandy” will be opening and surely, some other cool bands will be playing.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Get high, drink, eat, hang out and sleep
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
There’s some new album bundlepacks are available at our website www.indofinmusic.com. There’s also a free download for anyone who joins our mailing list.
Editor’s Note: Indofin are undoubtedly a band that loves what they do. The diversity and originality of their uplifting Indie tracks are enjoyable from start to finish.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Indofin follow the links below:
twitter link: http://www.twitter.com/indofin
facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/indofin
myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/indofin
web page link: http://www.indofinmusic.com
soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/indofin
reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/indofin
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Review of Indofin - 2X Broken
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Thursday, June 16, 2011 Indofin ~ 2X Broken Style: ska, reggae, punk Label: self-released Year: ...Thursday, June 16, 2011
Indofin ~ 2X Broken
Style: ska, reggae, punk
Home: Austin, Texas
Members: T.J. Huerta ~ guitar/vocals
Albert Huang ~ bass
Donald Mann ~ drums
Laidback power pop & a dominating reggae/ska beat awashes Indofin’s second self-release. But, don’t read this thinking No Doubt. If you need a comparison go more for Keith Richards reggae with the X-Pensive Winos but not so rough & more ska than reggae for those that know the difference. For those that don’t … it’s the backbeat strum of the guitar without the rasta attitude. “Nonprofit” is a standout with its heavy drum/backbeat ska rhythm reminiscent of Matisyahu while the similiar sounding “Princess” would be great for a tribute album about the beach as it sounds like music to wait for a big wave with. These tracks stand out because they play up the rhythmic ska aspect, something the album suffers from. It never goes far enough ska nor hard enough rock, though there are a few rockin’ guitar solos sprinkled throughout, while retaining a pretty laid back pace that doesn’t push in either direction. I’d recommend letting the songs last longer than 3 minutes as currently the album stands as a lot of short little tunes that blend & lack personality instead of accentuating each other. A few more developed tunes would help the flow of the album a lot & provide some much needed diversity. More time means more groove & a crescendo here & there wouldn’t hurt either. “Whatever”, another standout track, comes close to this.
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STOLI HEADS TO SXSW AND MEETS UP WITH INDOFIN
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I do not have to tell Skope readers that most music lovers are partying & experiencing amazing music...I do not have to tell Skope readers that most music lovers are partying & experiencing amazing music down in Austin, TX this week for SXSW. So I decided to feature a band from Austin by the name of Indofin. I must warn you this interview is no holds barred so hide the children. The fact that the music these guys make is so good that it makes it okay. Join us as we offer an MP3 of “Fingerfight” from the album ’2X Broken’ and check them live on March 18 in Austin at The Dorm Room. Let the SXSW festivities begin!
Stoli: Where are we talking from today and is Austin, TX getting ready for SXSW?
Albert, TJ Donny and Eric – Yes Austin TX, and yes this town is getting ready for SXSW.
Stoli: Do you have plans to attend/play SXSW and if so please let us know?
Albert: Yes, we’re not officially a part of SXSW but we will be playing a show as part of the 12th Annual Texas Rockfest, going on downtown Austin as well next week, we’ll be performing at the Dorm Room 422 6th St. Austin TX on Friday Mar. 18 @ 7:15pm, totally free show.
Stoli: How has being Autsin based help you grow musically & within the industry?
TJ: None at all.
Albert: I’d almost agree, but we have met many good hardworking bands that deserve to make it.
Stoli: What is the meaning of “Indofin” in how it defines your band & sound?
TJ: Weed smoke.
Stoli: Were you three friends before the band and what inspired you to take your passion of music to a new level?
Albert: I answered an ad looking for a bass player years ago when we were all still young. Eric left at one point before our first tour, and he just recently came back for our latest CD release. We’ve been friends since.
Stoli: I love your song “Honey”. What is the background story for that song being composed?
Eric: And your girl’s puss.
Stoli: Bands like yours are able to merge genres and make it sound amazing. Was that your original intention or did it just happen?
Albert: We’re just playing what we wanna play.
“Fingerfight” MP3: http://www.skopemag.com/audio/Fingerfight.mp3
Stoli: Who are two other bands that merge genres that you really enjoy & listen to?
Eric: Snow, & White Zombie
Albert: Streetlight manifesto, & sts9
Stoli: Is it okay that I enjoy your music best when I am outside with herbals & a Guinness?
TJ: Weed is illegal and morally wrong.
Albert: Do whatever you want, it sounds pretty good if you’re sober too.
Stoli: Your album ’2X Broken’ came out last year. Where can we grab a copy and what are you most proud of that work?
Albert: Its available directly from our website, www.indofinmusic.com or you can get it throug CDBaby Itunes, Amazon, and Enusic to name a few You can link to all those places from our website.
Stoli: I like to live my life the way your music sounds, smooth & soulful. Any advice you can offer for people on the go 24/7 like me to chill out?
Albert: Don’t piss off your family, you never know when you may need their help.
Stoli: Do you think its cool to show up in an egg to the Grammy’s like Lady Gaga or is that just hype?
TJ: F$%# you – Winning!
Stoli: What is coming up for Indofin and where can we follow you guys online?
Altert: Myspace, facebook, twitter, Itunes, Last FM, Jango, reverbnation, etc, you can reach all of them from our website www.indofinmusic.com.
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Indofin Indofin, together since 2002, is a skapunkreggae quartet from Austin TX. From these very ...Indofin
Indofin, together since 2002, is a skapunkreggae quartet from Austin TX. From these very modest beginnings, Indofin has certainly come a long way, becoming one of the defining bands of the central Texas scene. They managed to play showcases during SXSW from 2003-2007 and even earned a spot on Texas dates of Vans Warped Tour in 2007. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in the spring of 2005, the band has played over 300 shows in over 50 US cities, as well as doing extensive regional touring around their home state of Texas. Indofin has always maintained a strong DIY work ethic, booking five of their own tours, and they have never had a label, an agent, or manager. They have been fortunate enough to share the stage with many of the nation's touring acts including Voodoo GlowSkulls, Badfish Sublime Tribute, The Expendables, Outlaw Nation, The Stingers, The Supervillains, and many more. Despite playing with bands of every imaginable category, the band continues to stick out like a sore thumb in the central Texas live music scene, refusing to confine their music to the boundaries of any particular genre. Stripped down now to 3 of the 5 original members, the band is taking their sound in a fresh new direction for the next record, but fans will still be able to experience the raw energy and intensity that Indofin puts into every live performance.
This eclectic group of misunderstood punker sluts released their second album on July 13 2010, and they also added former lead guitarist and founding member Eric Tussing to the band's permanent lineup. Eric had previously left the band five years ago before the band's first tour, and without much effort, he has made a seamless transition back to the band's sound and has had a positive effect on the band's music in the live setting. In the last few years, the band has endured numerous obstacles (carjackings, stolen equipment, drug & alcohol addiction etc.) and they often learned the hard way many of the cruel realities of the music industry, yet their uncompromising dedication to their craft remains stronger than ever. Indofin's staying around awhile, so be sure to check out a show if you get the chance; you won't regret it and it might even change your life.
-& a brief interview w/bassist Albert Huang from Indofin--->
How do you describe your music to people, Albert?
Indofin effectively combines grooving skank basslines with reggaedub drumming punk-influenced distorted guitars, and melodic rock vocals to create a unique sound that will make people wanna party.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My parents made me play violin since I was 4 till I was about 15. I really hated it; they made me practice daily. I quit when I was old enough, and in high school, I started playing some guitar, learning on my own based on what I already knew from childhood. My friends in high school who were putting together a band didn't need another guitarist so I picked up bass. I think I took lessons for about a month; it was required in my school's curriculum.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I love playing music live, touring, partying in different cities, meeting new fans, and listening to music when no one else is around or when I'm not busy doing anything else. Also I like website design, audio engineering, and networking.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Keeping accurate financial records, making sure everyone in the band wants the same thing or knows what the goal is, scheduling rehearsals, delegating various tasks to everyone, and driving long distances.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I figured I'd become an engineer like my dad. I didn't want to be a musician, but I don't think I really knew what I wanted to do. I just didn't wanna be poor or homeless or living with my parents.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Well since I moved to Austin TX, I have never "not" been in a band. Sometimes I was in two or three bands at the same time and I got to see so many good shows. Solid bassists are hard to come by around here. Also, most of my friends here play music, and I also studied recording engineering here and I've worked a few soundguy or runner gigs.
What other artists out there do you love?
Fishbone, Rancid, Streetlight Manifesto, STS9, MC Chris, Crystal Method, SOJA, Flatliners, Futurerock, Gorillaz, just to name a few
What does your future hold?
bigger and better things, unless we split up which is not impossible, but we'd prefer to just take things at our own pace, no pressure or obligations from record labels, it may be awhile before we do a national tour again, but we'll always have our occasional hometown show and nearby regional shows every couple months, and we'll make the trip out to do a big festival from time to time. Everyone is comfortable now doing their own thing while we're home so to get everyone together on something is kind of a complex chore, so we try to plan way ahead for any of our performances or trips out of town.
MUSICAL FERN : Indofin Tried Tested and True
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MUSICAL FERN - Tried, Tested, & True , Featuring Indofin Indofin is bigger, better and strong...
MUSICAL FERN - Tried, Tested, & True , Featuring Indofin
Indofin is bigger, better and stronger musically in new album...
Watch Indofin on FERNTV
They say that what does not kill you makes you stronger and many of the uphill battles that Indofin has fought throughout their musical careers have blown others bands into dust. It has been quite the journey for these musical troopers from Austin, Texas. and everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown in their way to get to the top. The things you cannot calculate in life is experience and lets just say that Indofin has a great amount of it. 2X Broken is an album from Indofin that best exemplifies how far they have come to get to this point. Whether they are infusing reggae, ska or punk in their music, their sound is definitely on point with a lot of soul. FERNTV caught with Indofin's bassist Albert Huang to discuss this triumph...
FERNTV: What was the first reaction to the band's sound of reggae/ska/punk deep in the heart of Texas?
Albert: For a lot of people it's quite refreshing amidst all the Texan country/blues bands around. But there's every kind of music in Austin and there's definitely an audience for the reggae/ska/punk sound, but people get so oversaturated with so much music that the local reggae ska bands usually go underappreciated or unnoticed. Usually if we open for a touring act like The Supervillains or The Expendables is usually when the local bands need to capitalize on reaching their core audience in Austin.
FERNTV: This is not an easy genre to master let alone create songs...is that true?
Albert: It's not hard to create songs, but it's definitely a difficult genre to master, especially if you're like us and trying to create something that doesn't necessarily adhere to all the rules or boundaries of the reggae or ska or punk genres. We're sort of a band thats always been going through a weird identity crisis and sometimes we're not even clear on what it is we want to be. We just like playing our songs and people end up saying we sound like Sublime.
FERNTV: From your perspective, do you feel being from Austin that you get a home field advantage playing SXSW?
Albert: Not really, actually the bands in SXSW that tend to get the most attention are not from here and they are not usually in the reggae or ska punk genre. Austin's a hip trendy Hollywood type city that a lot of up and coming bands from all over start out playing the smaller clubs in town, like the White Stripes first became well known in Austin before the rest of the world. Lately people seem to be into the electronic/dubstep scenes or indierock/experimental type music.
I even remember seeing the band Pepper a couple years ago playing to a sold out Stubbs Amphitheater and they were even saying they never get selected for an official showcase at SXSW. But there are some great unofficial gigs during that week, last year we played a MusicGorilla showcase and ATX Wildfire, which was a two day free event a friend of ours Phive put together w/ about 20 bands, local and international. That was the first one so hopefully over the years to come that will escalate the reggae scene. We've never actually played an official SXSW showcase either, but we play a few unofficial gigs every year and every year there seem to be more and more unofficial showcases.
FERNTV: You are among a handful of bands out there who do not work with a manager...why did your band choose this route and how does this work to your advantage?
Albert: We wish we had a manager who was on top of us for everything and constantly had an agenda, sometimes when managing ourselves we lose sight of what our goals are or we just get lazy and procrastinate. We've just never really met anyone we trusted enough to make our manager, so we continuously just learning how to manage ourselves. Personally I try to do at least one thing each day for the band, even if it's just something small or minor. But we do feel that we're in complete control of our career and everything is actually our decision.
FERNTV: Can you explain how Indofin is stronger than ever?
Albert: We have learned from many experiences over the years, our sound is progressing and evolving, and we are slightly better at treating the band like a business. It wasn't until recently that we got all our copyrights and publishing, and incorporation taken care of, and we slowly learning about how to do our accounting, which is crucial.
FERNTV: Tell us a little bit about this new album you have released?
Albert: Well this is an album that we used to talk about releasing but it was anyone's guess when that was going to be. After doing four tours nationally in support of our first album in 2005, we were burned out from touring, and we were ready to stay home and record some new songs, but we had no money left or saved. And we really never had a clear plan of action. Some personal problems ensued and some members left the band or just weren't that committed anymore, we had to cancel our fifth tour over the summer of 2008, and it looked like the end might be near. I went back to school to study a year long recording arts program in Austin, which is where we met local producer Ben Blank. He had heard some of our music because I was basically recording the band at school during my studio time. Anyway Ben had us over to his home studio in West Austin every Monday for about four months and that's how our new album "2X Broken" came about. We think it's our best work yet and the songs' subject matter are really definitive of the many issues each of us were going through in our lives.
Quick Hits - Indofin
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Quick Hits: Indofin It's that time again to clear my desktop of stuff I just couldn't do justice ...Quick Hits: Indofin
It's that time again to clear my desktop of stuff I just couldn't do justice to this week:
Indofin, 2X Broken
This trio hailing from Austin, TX play reggae and ska with just a hint of punk rock inspiration. The songs for the most part are low-key affairs, but the occasional riff threatens to knock you on your ass.
There's also a Canadian connection as one of the band members is a Calgary native.
TYPICAL SET IS ABOUT 10-15 SONGS(45 MIN. - 1 HR) MOSTLY ORIGINALS WITH MAYBE A COVER OR TWO THROWN IN.
Boozer Holiday, Sleeve, Power To Tell, Sir Slippy, Back To Blue, Midday Morning, Rule of Thumb, Justin's Quote, Help(Beatles cover), Badfish(Sublime Cover), Cocaine Problem, XanBar, Princess, Run, Bleed, Radio, Four, Martha, Where Eagles Dare(Misfits cover), She Wants It All, SpeakerGhost, Fingerfight, Missing Me, One Cup of Coffee, Nonprofit, Breezy One, Riverside, Bongbong, Bluelite, Two Times Broken, Burn.
We can either play sets ranging from 30 min. - 1.5 hrs. Compensation varies, to be negotiated in advance.
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