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It’s probably best if you don’t ask bassist/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Eric Evans of Missing Six to describe the band’s music. “I refuse to answer this question. I hate it. I want it to die. Really.” Drummer Phillip Milam is a little more receptive, although with an obtuse answer – “Diplomas without signatures.” Guitarist/vocalist Edward Hatfield is left to sum it up. “It’s very eclectic, but at the same time there are prominent elements in every piece that make it recognizable as Missing Six. The elements essential to a Missing Six song are precisely layered vocal harmonies and a very dynamic rhythm section. If I had to put a label on our music, I would say it’s a mix of upbeat Indie rock and electro-pop.” Given all those parts, it’s no wonder you get three separate answers.

The band came together in 2002 with a much different lineup and sound. The band says “The sound was very raw and underdeveloped. In 2003, we recorded a full length album with producer Paul Mahern which has since become obsolete. Brian Kremer quit the band in 2004 for personal reasons and Edward Hatfield took up guitar and vocals. Phil Milam joined the band in 2004 and brought new passion to Missing Six. Trevor Wathen quit the band in 2005. After this last line up change, we were finally able to define our sound and make the music we’d wanted to make all along.”

The current members all come from extensive musical backgrounds, including Evan’s music composition degree from the University of Indianapolis.
Hatfield says getting the band started was a discouraging process at first, but their prospects steadily improved. “After getting more involved in the scene we discovered a number of original bands that restored our faith in Midwestern music. Bands such as Emory Salem, ESW, Wolfy, Blacksoil Project, State, and Mardelay have been great friends to us and all very notable influences. The biggest challenge in the Indianapolis scene is exposure. Getting heard and gaining interest are two things for which we’re still developing a strategy.” Milam adds “Every artist hates their surroundings, but our surroundings are what have made us who we are thus far. I almost feel like I owe this place something more than just taking my music somewhere else in hopes that maybe someone else will “understand” or “respect” us. I love you Indy. Come love me back.”

The band just finished recording their new album “Lose Yourself.” Hatfield says it’s been a learning experience. “The fact that the album was finished on time could be considered proof of the divine. This project introduced a new element to Missing Six that we were previously sheltered from, deadlines. Signing with 770 Records and working with BRIC has been a great opportunity, but it also made us realize how lazy we’ve been in the past.” Evans says “We’ve been lazily working on this record off-and-on for almost a year. Two producers, three engineers, three graphic designers, one guitarist, and about 3000 trips to Taco Bell later, we’re finally finished with the damn thing. I’ve loved working on it, but good riddance.”

Once all the band members have finished college, they plan to tour extensively beginning this August. They describe their show as “Fast and sweet. We like to play songs slightly faster live than we do on our recordings to create more energy onstage and in the audience. Recently we started adding synth to our sets. If someone isn’t playing his principle instrument at any given time, he is probably rocking the microKorg.”

As if that weren’t enough, Evans says the band has a hard time saying “no” to friends in need. “I have been helping out several friends of mine around Indy. I occasionally play sax with the Liz Janes Band as well as State. Phil and I play in a jazz trio with Wolfy called Gin ‘n Tonic. As a band we occasionally back up our good friend Rahlo from the Blacksoil Project, as well as the up-and-coming pop vocalist, Lynda Sayyah.”

Missing Six celebrates the release of their new album “Lose Yourself” at Atherton Union on Butler University’s campus on Sunday, March 26th. The show starts at 4:30pm.

-- Ryan Williams --
- Indianapolis Music Net


Missing Six, a trio made up of Phil Milam, Eric Evans and Ed Hatfield, will close the night with their unique mix of indie rock with electro pop. Their first full-length album was released in 2003 and titled The Philadelphia Experiment. The newest album, Lose Yourself, is masterfully composed and is by far one of the top three best local albums to come out in the past year. The CD release show on Sunday is guaranteed to be one of the best mini festivals this spring. It is almost like Indianapolis’ own five-hour Warped Tour.
- Nuvo Magazine


“Lose Yourself is a remarkably diverse record from one of the more promising indie rock bands of our time.”

” Lose Yourself doesn’t rely on fashion or pretension to elevate itself and thus manages to sound extremely refreshing. I dig it!”

“Missing Six’s sound is fiery and unpredictable, shifting from subdued, sentimental numbers to full-fledged rock n’ roll.”

- Ryan Hoffer, A&R
Shut Eye Records, Inc.
- Ryan Hoffer, A&R, Shut Eye Records Inc.


Discography

The Philadelphia Experiment (2003)
Lose Yourself (2006)

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Missing Six has endured many changes since its formation in 2002. Despite the wear and tear of time, Missing Six always proves to be a reliable source of talent, honesty, and passion.