Christopher the Conquered:
Des Moines, Iowa's Christopher the Conquered (Christopher Ford) has been sitting behind the keys and saying what he can say since he released his debut album I Guess That's What We're Dying For in 2007. In 2008, Christopher sat in on drums with The Poison Control Center for a national tour supporting The Apples In Stereo; when they got home, he and Patrick Tape Fleming (of The PCC and Gloom Balloon) went to work on a follow-up album, You're Gonna Glow In The Dark, which found a lot of love, with popdose.com writing "...let it come pouring through your speakers, and you'll experience one of the most enjoyably off-kilter albums of indie rock you're likely to find this year". It led to The Conquered growing from a one man band to a 9 piece pop-soul outfit.
Gloom Balloon is the debut solo project by Patrick Tape Fleming, the founder of the indie rock band The Poison Control Center. That band has played over 1,000 shows, released 3 critically acclaimed records, opened for Jeff Mangum, Pavement, and Of Montreal, toured with Apples In Stereo, and was named 2011 Live Act of the Year by Steven Hyden at the AV Club.
An Indie/Alt/Roots band from Omaha, NE, Bazile Mills formed in May of 2014 and have been rolling since. The name is a tribute to a time almost forgotten and the ghost town. The town of Bazile Mills was founded in 1882 after the first woolen mill in Nebraska was erected just north of town. Today there are only about 30 residents as the townspeople left after the mills closed. The group is based around songwriter David Mainelli and features versatile musicians around him. Tim Rozmajzl brings a gifted country/blues lead guitar to the mix. Laura Street (former lead singer for Gauge) brings an array of instrumental talents and a powerful moody/indie voice that combines with the rhythm guitarist, Sam Vetter's unique voice as well. Dan Stein plays the bass and the lap steel guitar and Robb Clemens (formerly of Driven) brings plenty of bad experience with the drums.