Fuzz rockers from Westfield, Indiana, celebrated their very first music video release with Musical Family Tree this past Sunday at LUNA Music. After showing their new video, Video Grave shook the record store with a short, yet powerful gig, featuring a few old songs from past EPs and new tunes the band has currently been writing.
Video Grave teamed up with Musical Family Tree to record their latest music video, “Dusk.” Singer Spencer Hartford, lead guitarist Patrick Maloney, rhythm guitarist Alex Beckman and drummer Reid Markus filmed “Dusk” with the help of Music Family Tree and videographer, Elliot LeMons for MFT’s Music Video in A Day series.
“We shot and edited an entire music video in a whole day. [Musical Family Tree] sent [Elliot LeMons] out to us to film and he edited it. And that night he sent us an email with the video,” Maloney said.
Video Grave started out as a few high schoolers messing around on some instruments. They began toying with cover songs, which quickly turned into making their own tunes.
“We are really taking it legitimately,” Hartford said.
“It started out as fun and then we started making our own music and recording in better quality,” Beckman added.
When asked about the sound of their music Video Grave responded saying, “It’s fuzzy, poppy-rock. It’s dark. It’s kind of hard to classify our music because it doesn’t really sound like other people’s stuff,” the band agreed.
After writing and putting together a few songs, Video Grave played a musical function at their high school which gained them a small following, being the only band in their city. This is when Video Grave realized their music could actually become something more than a hobby.
After gaining their new fan base, Video Grave started making t-shirts that their first and loyal fans in Westfield still wear. They decided it was time to start hunting for shows and getting their name into the Indianapolis music scene.
Video Grave’s show at LUNA was a great honor for the band, who grew up finding new music and influences at the record store.
“In high school we used to come here every weekend and that’s kind of how we all started hanging out,” Markus said.
“Some of my favorites bands I know of is because I came to Luna. So it’s kind of emotional that we’re playing here,” Hartford reminisced. “It’s so nostalgic and it’s my favorite place in the world. My favorite place to go to. It’s really a treat to be able to play here.“
During their set, LUNA was packed with the audience smiling, clapping their hands, and bobbing their heads along to the music. The band was full of energy that they couldn’t quite release in the small area they were given to play, but that pent up energy reflected in the sound of their songs.
The set was played through heavy tunes and laughs, as they told jokes on stage between songs. They closed with a brand new song that was dedicated to LUNA Music.
Video Grave pumped the audience up with their new tune, “Dusk,” stuck in everyone’s ears.
Video Grave has two EPs, “Video Grave” and “Telepathic Views,” and they are currently working on their first full-length album. The band has also been teaming with other Indy musicians to plan a tour from Chicago to all the way out in Panama this summer.
“[The Indy music scene] is just really trying to help out and it’s not like they’re asking for anything in return,” Hartford said.
“We aren’t necessarily in the music scene as most people are but people at least know Video Grave,” Maloney continued.
Video Grave’s next show will be on November 15 at the Crush Grove located in Bloomington, Indiana. They will be sharing the stage with bands Fizzbang and Woodchicken.