Originally published in Through the Lens Magazine on August 1, 2015
Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – It was an incredible day heading to the Vogue to see Cracker, and accordingly their first song reflected the atmosphere as they broke out with “One Fine Day” from, their 2002 album, Forever. The positive vibes radiating from the crowd only became stronger as they reached back a little further in time and broke into one of their earlier, but never forgotten hits, “Teen Angst”.
Cracker carries a wonderful mixture of sounds ranging from rock, punk, post-grunge, psychedelia, country, blues and folk. Lead vocalist, David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman formed Cracker in 1991, releasing their self-titled album the following year on Virgin Records. They are best known for their gold-selling 1993 album, Kerosene Hat. The band has been touring since inception, releasing 10 studio albums and several compilations, collaborations, solo projects and live albums. Their newest studio album, Berkeley to Bakersfield, was released in December 2014 on 429 Records, and they made sure to include some of the spectacular songs from it on their set list as well.
Cracker’s amazing fans, known as Crumbs, made the Vogue come alive as they harmonized and danced without missing a beat. Throughout the set Cracker happily brought out new and old material for their dedicated and eager fans. “Almond Grove” and “California Country Boy” both showed the growth of the band as well as the beauty of their old school roots they carry with them. The energy in the room became electric as they played their hit song “Low”, and Johnny Hickman’s guitar solo carried its classic unmatched fierceness. “Euro-Trash Girl” had the crowd in a frenzy as they chanted in unison with the melodic sentiments spilling out of the lips of David Lowery. All in all it was definitely one fine day, and one fantastic evening at The Vogue for everyone that got to enter and witness the phenomenal spectacle that is Cracker. The ‘Hoosier Crumbs’ will undoubtedly wait with baited breath until their next tour.
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