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Weirdness Winding On: FSDC Vol. 4, Coming Soon
Posted August 20, 2015 by Seth Johnson

 

With little regard for the rest of the city, Fountain Square’s music community has produced some topnotch weirdness in the last few years. Thankfully, GloryHole Records’ Jimmy Peoni has been right there to document a good portion of it too.
 
Started back in 2012, GloryHole’s FSDC (or, Fountain Square Don’t Care) cassette series has showcased many of the neighborhood’s standout acts, providing local music lovers with a yearly time capsule of tunes from the Square. Continuing with this tradition in 2015, FSDC Vol. 4 is out on Saturday. Celebrating the release at State Street Pub, Shame Thugs, Oreo Jones, Sirius Blvck, and Jo Universal will take the stage.
 
Prior to the cassette’s unveiling, I caught up with FSDC Vol. 4 curator Abby Goldsmith of LUNA Music and General Public Collective, asking her a few questions about the upcoming release.

 
 

 

Check out this playlist featuring a few tracks from some of the artists on the compilation.
 

 

Seth Johnson: When GloryHole began this series of FSDC releases, what excited you about them?
 
 

Abby Goldsmith: FSDC was most exciting because it offered a physical artifact and representation of an emerging scene in the Indianapolis underground music community. It gave a sense of legitimacy to something we all suspected was important and good, or at least good enough to get rattled around in shitty old Hondas and ghetto blasters. It also served as a really convenient piece for sharing local music at LUNA. I would always suggest it to customers with the rock ‘n’ roll thirst and make sure they knew what was coming from our city. That's still exciting to me, actually.
 
 

SJ: Can you speak to the importance of GloryHole's FSDC cassettes? What purpose do you see them serving?
 
 

AG: In a review of FSDC Vol. 3, Justin Spicer [Cerberus Editor at Tiny Mix Tapes] wrote, "When the gentrification of Fountain Square runs the cockroaches out from their interstate row houses, we’ll still have FSDC," and that poetically captured the importance of the series. Each cassette in the FSDC series preserves a brief moment in our weird little corner of the Indianapolis music scene. The bands featured are constantly changing, moving and renaming, and these projects could easily be lost and forgotten, even by those involved. As an obsessive music collector, I wish compilations like this existed from every significant (or insignificant) music scene.
 
 

SJ: What artists did you choose to include on FSDC Vol. 4, and why?
 
 

AG: Included on FSDC Vol. 4 are Raw, The Bloks, Dirtbike, Raw Hits, Hen, Phases, Shame Thugs, Sedcairn Archives, Oreo Jones and Sirius Blvck -- each chosen because I think they're important and because they represent FSDC. Mostly, I chose them because, for one reason or another, they move me. The tape opens with Raw covering “Indianapolis” by E-In Brino, which was Paul Mahern's no wave project in the ‘80s. This seemed fitting, as it's a fucking rad song preserved by the classic Indiana punk/post-punk compilation, Red Snerts. I'm thinking maybe in 40 years someone will discover a song from an FSDC comp and cherish it like I do “Indianapolis.” Anyway, I found The Bloks' track on a blank cassette hidden behind a block of pepper jack cheese at Bud’s. Still not sure the story on that... must be some sort of dairy enthusiast. Dirtbike is awesome. This might be the first Dirtbike song on a physical release. I included the Raw Hits song because I like it a lot, and I'm not sure anyone would've heard it otherwise. Hen is one of the most unique acts in Indianapolis right now, and “Scissors and Cough Drops” makes me feel so much.
 
Side B is where things really veer from the garage/psych/rock ‘n’ roll usually found in this series. I felt it important to demonstrate the diversity of sounds being made here in order to accurately represent the current wave of active musicians. Phases, Shame Thugs, Sedcairn Archives, Oreo Jones and Sirius Blvck are killin’ it right now and have been crucial in adding variety to the Indianapolis sound.

 

The FSDC Release show starts at 10pm at State Street Pub. $5 gets you in, and $5 gets you a copy of the tape.

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