Why I am not a member of the Kemps?

Good question! I don't know. 

I don't know how I figured out the existence of this four-person band, being not from Indiana, but that's a good thing! they play catchy garage rock-like music and are based in the biggest city in that fine state. I talked to member Tyler Bowman briefly about the origins of the band, street art, why they came together, working on a medicinal marijuana farm, ETC.

bk:  why the name THE KEMPS? I have to admit that is what attracted my attention.

 The Kemps originally, were a group of street artists and vagrants based in Indianapolis in the 50's. They were they earliest  recorded graffiti artists in Indy, and some of their art has been featured all over the world. My grandfather dated one member's sister and thats how I heard of them.

bk:   what is the story behind your band?

Jared Birden and Andy Rittenhouse met in Northern California, where they were both working on a medicinal marijuana farm(no joke). In the late part of 2009, they recorded some demos, came back to Indy together and recruited Myself and Nick Snyder. We've been a band for a little over a year now.

bk:  what are your influences?

Pop music! We all come from different music backgrounds, so it's hard to say what "sound" drives us, but we all have a strong interest in any song that sounds good. Seriously, we love grimmycatchydarksexy music. 

bk:  what do you have planned for this summer?

The first half of the summer we're hitting the road, writing, recording, bronzin', keeping our spirits balanced....After that, I'm guessing one of us will quit 

bk:  what are your big aspirations?

As far as aspirations, we all, in this band or in any other, just want to be able to maintain financially. 

A great man once said, "I live by the beat like you live check to check. If you don't move yo feet then I don't eat, so we like neck to neck."

so there you have it
and check out "Berlin" because it's AWESOME. 


I believe everything in this article, so help me Oprah.