This review originally ran in Whatzup Magazine back in June of 2016. I’m running it here just in case you feel like digging into a Midwest musical treasure. Mark Hutchins was the guy behind the mic in Vandolah, as well as the sardonic point-of-view in most of the songs. He was a good friend of […]Read More Vandolah : Don’t Stop Giving Up
by EA Poorman When I first arrived in Fort Wayne, Indiana there were a few names that always came up when talking about true blue local music talent: Orange Opera, Thunderhawk, and Vandolah. It was as if these bands arrived fully formed and ready to rule the Midwest, then the world. I saw all of […]Read More Revisited : New Pale Swimmers
I’ll still catch myself checking old conversations and emails between my friend Mark and I. They weren’t as often as I wished they’d been, but what we had were insightful, funny, and I looked forward to them as if they were conversations with a long lost brother. Mark was six years older than me, the […]Read More Hutch
I woke up to the news that one of my good friends was dead. Before coffee, before the full brunt of the new day had come into focus, before I’d even put on socks I sat in my chair and saw posts on social media from friends and acquaintances talking of a great loss in […]Read More Stuntman : A Few Words On My Friend Mark Hutchins
by EA Poorman Mark Hutchins used to make the rounds as one of the premier Fort Wayne songwriters. He started making a name for himself in the band Vandolah, which to my recollection recorded one of the best local albums to grace the cd racks at Wooden Nickel Music called Please. Hutchins also made a […]Read More Nightswimming : Mark Hutchins Talks New Pale Swimmers Digital Return
by E.A. Poorman Back in 2012 Dwane Ferren put out one of my favorite local releases, For Glare & Gun. It was a mix of rusty Americana, jangly alternative, and even touches of gothic pop that showed he was leading the pack with singer/songwriters in the area. Since then, he’s been working hard on a […]Read More Celebrating The Songwriter: Dwane Ferren’s Songwriter’s Night
When you think of going out and checking out a rock show what comes to mind? Getting all dolled up, heading out of the house around 9 or 10pm? Hitting the bar and grabbing some beers or whatever is your poison and hunkering down at a small table with some friends? Band starting up around […]Read More Indie Rock Over Easy: Mark Hutchins and the Breakfast Show
No better way to start a week than to find out one of the finest local indie rock giants have new music available. Well, what would’ve made it ever better is to not have a sick kid at home. But hey, I can’t have everything, right? The boy is doing quite well now. No more […]Read More Vandolah’s One More Minute e.p.