The Splatter Effect
"Indus sets those kinds of moody, Passionate vocals against a background of a new-age folk, heavily influenced by Native American chanting. The instrumentation is thick with acoustic guitars and mandolins ringing away, and accented by bells, shakers, rattles and such. Lyrically, the songs come from the land of self-discovery/fulfillment, self-awareness and potential – quite politically correct."
“Joy Gamache, who is at the core of Indus with her 12 string strumming husband Bob, also plays guitar, mandolin, flute, keys, harp, accordion, tambourine, chimes, bell tree and Native American Drum. A multi-talented musician and a deep meaningful song writer ...”
East Coast Rocker Interview
Bob and Joy Gamache, the husband-and-wife musical team which is the core of Indus, categorize their band as cosmic rock with a hard edge and progressive sound.
"Approaching the 'new age’ in a new way,” is how Joy describes their music, which she said creates a “visual image that expands your awareness.” Founded in 1987, Indus has produced one long-playing cassette, “Illusion,” and the recently released extended-play cassette, "Breath.”
The Gamaches, both originally from Middletown and currently residents of the New Monmouth section of the township, met in 1982 and were married one year later. Previously involved in “cover” bands before their marriage, Joy said she began writing original music shortly after their meeting.
“Bob has always been supportive and pushed me to write," said Joy, who writes all the lyrics and collaborates with Bob – a graphic artist who designs Indus’ cover art – on the music.
“I write from personal experience – about what's going on inside me,” she said.
Drawing inspiration from her new-age orientation, Joy describes herself as “very spiritual” and said she tries to bring that through in her music, which often infuses chanting. Choosing Indus, the Indian constellation, as the name of their band, conveys that feeling, according to Joy, who said she feels American Indians live very close to their spirit and in harmony with the environment.
“I meditate to develop lyrics,” Joy said. “I consider myself very introspective. I like to look at the energy behind things.”
With the title track “Breath," Joy said she wanted to create a positive environmental song rather than one focusing on the “fear of the end” and the “approach of doomsday.” Featured at the Howell Earth Day festival April 21, the band wants to convey a positive message that it is not too late to fight to save the environment, she said.
Indus songs were described by “Jersey Beat" magazine as "thoughtful and well-written, and filled with tasteful guitar and enough rhythmic change to keep things interesting; fusing a modern club-rock sensibility with ’60s folk and jazz influences.”
Although hearing comparisons to an "Americanized Nico” (the late drummer with the ’70s art band “The Velvet Underground”) and Bonnie Raitt, Joy said she finds Ann Wilson (of the rock band “Heart”) and Ricki Lee Jones more influential.
Appealing largely to a college-age audience, the Gamaches said their music also draws listeners encompassing a wide range of ages. Hoping to sign with an independent or major record label, Indus is currently playing local festivals and pubs, and plans to soon expand to the New York club scene.
Acknowledging the difficulty of their profession, the Gamaches are nonetheless determined to break into the metropolitan area market, which they said offers a lot of outlets for “alternative music.”
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