feature Local Fare — 03 February 2012
Local Fare: Cheyenne Marie Mize | Louisville, KY

$3 to park in a lot monitored by a seedy old man in a black, windowless pedo-van? Check. Bouncer not believing an out of state driver’s license was real and having to bust out 2 other forms of ID? Check. Grizzly Bon Iver/MMJ beards everywhere? Check. Welcome to a night out at Louisville’s one and only Headliners. Luckily, the rough start redeemed itself through the Ville’s own Cheyenne Marie Mize. Wondering whether we were still watching the opening act by the time we got in, Miss Mize quickly made us aware we weren’t by boldly wailing and happily violating our ears with the help of three accompanying bandmates.

Cheyenne has been a player in the Indie music scene in the ‘Ville since her 2010 debut release Before Lately, which was an introspective look into developing her own sense of identity as an artist.  Cheyenne’s 2012 EP, We Don’t Need, is a much more experimental endeavor and she challenges listeners to absorb each song individually rather than pieces that fit together making a greater whole. The EP features a nice blend of upbeat, percussion-heavy tracks with down-tempo complements.  We caught “It Lingers” and “Back Around” live, both of which trend towards the darker side. “It Lingers” has some strong guitar work which was apparent live and her bassist, also female, was rounding it out with an over sized (or perhaps she was tiny) bass.  “Back Around” places its emphasis on experimental instrumentation and features everything from distortion to feedback to backwards looping while having nearly zero lyrical presence with a few vocal samples scattered sparsingly throughout.

As far as touring goes, Cheyenne is making her way to SXSW in March and will be playing dates on the trip out to Austin that are TBA.  In the meantime, she does have three dates scheduled this month:
Feb 8th in Cincinatti, OH at Motr Pub
Feb 9th in Bloomington, IN at The Bishop
Feb 10th in Indianapolis, IN at White Rabbit Cabaret

Lastly for your viewing and listening pleasure, below is a video from the album release show we were in attendance for this past Saturday (disclaimer: the video was not taken by anyone affiliated with The Fridge Media) and clips of the two songs discussed above which are found on Cheyenne’s new EP.  If you like what you hear, Cheyenne’s albums can be found on iTunes or vinyls can be purchased through her website.  Enjoy!

~ a. smith & s0ny


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