On Friday February 21st, new Indianapolis emocore band, Karma Kids made their debut. They played their release show for their first EP, Dystopian Dream Part One: American Mind at local DIY venue, Healer. Healer is an “immersive art and live music venue dedicated to freedom of expression and creative exploration”, as stated on their website. Upon entry is wonderland-esque room filled with odd trinkets, entertaining art displays, and dazzling lights. Healer’s unique atmosphere was the beginning of a memorable experience.
The first band on the support lineup, Indy locals Setting Color opened with night with their newest single “Failure With Time” which debuted in December. This was their first show of 2020, and first time playing their single live since its release. Setting Color was followed by Ohio natives, I Fight Fail and Morning In May who are currently on a co-headlining tour together. I Fight Fail’s ambient and melodic sound was a perfect pairing with the venue, making their set a fully immersive and entertaining experience. Morning In May did their show stopping with their ever energetic and theatrical stage presence. Vocalist, Jake Bartolic suffered from a nose bleed mid-set, and simply ignored it, and continued his crowd-captivating performance.
As Karma Kids took the stage to begin closing the night with songs from their debut release, it was clear they were facing technical difficulties with their mixer and backing tracks. As they huddled in the back corner of the stage trying to work with their equipment, the crowd was patient and encouraging. The anticipation over the room could’ve been cut with a knife which made the relief and excitement when the set finally did start, that much better. Their performance, while cut short due to the time loss, was strong nonetheless and gave a promising insight as to the new band’s overall sound and what to expect going forward from them.
Review/Photo By: Julia Peterson