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Makeshift Prodigy
Wed., Oct. 3rd
Soapbox Laundro-Lounge
255 N. Front St.
Doors: 7 p.m. • $10-12
www.soapboxlaundrolounge.com

RAW REPRESENTATION: Makeshift Prodigy, despite a laundry list of influences, seeks to create something all its own. Courtesy photo

Think of the moment you stop moving after a long run—of the release you feel. That’s the closest sensation I can compare Makeshift Prodigy’s sound to. The breathy voice of Brandon Fox explodes emotion with each note, creating music they’ve proclaimed to be a “manifestation of pure expression.”

“When creating our music, we try to establish a completely pure, open-minded environment in which we can naturally express ourselves. We try to create music that is as honest and real as possible,” singer Anthony Bagnara explains. “Though we embrace our influences, we’ve never tried to be anyone but ourselves in our project. So, the music to us is a manifestation of pure expression because it’s a natural, raw representation of what we go through in our everyday lives, expressed through music.”

In 2008, Anthony Bagnara (vocals, piano, guitar), Jake Foy (guitar, piano, vocals), Dave Fister (bass, sampling), Joe Bauer (drums, sound engineering) and Brandon Fox (ambience, vocals) formed Makeshift Prodigy in Chicago, Illinois with the goal of producing music that would give their listeners a “captivate and emotional” feeling.

“We try to create an atmosphere that surrounds you and keeps you guessing throughout a performance or album while still feeling the comfort of a beautiful song,” Bagnara remarks.

Through a combination of each members’ unique influences, Makeshift Prodigy creates an emotionally intense rush of sound.

“Our influences vary greatly depending on who you ask. I, for instance, am heavily influenced by the U.K. and ‘90s alternative [such as] Radiohead, Oasis, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sigur Ros, Bjork and Mutemath,” Bagnara tells. “Brandon Fox was raised on R&B and various types of music, but still is keen to the alternative rock side of things as well, and has a great ear for pop music in general. Joe comes from a pretty hardcore background embracing bands like Deftones, the Refused, Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, and Linkin Park. Jake has more folk and singer/songwriter based influences like Ryan Adams, Death Cab [for Cutie], Bright Eyes, Elliot Smith, and Kings of Leon.”

Unlike many musicians, most of Makeshift Prodigy didn’t get started in music until later in life. “We all essentially found it naturally,” Bagnara explains. Not many of us were trained at a young age more than a standard music class here and there. Then as we grew and took it more seriously, some of us went on to become educated in music. Joe and I both have degrees in music—Joe in sound engineering, and I in theory,” Bagnara said.

Thus far, Makeshift Prodigy has released two records: “Mathmatica” and “Welcome to the World.” However, neither of those albums are what Bagnara considers himself most proud of.

“I think everyone would agree, that we’re most proud of being a part of what Makeshift Prodigy has become as a whole,” Bagnara reveals. “It’s taken a great deal of work and dedication to create this project. And it’s taken us farther than we could’ve ever imagined. It’s very special to us all. We’re proud of the albums we make, but it’s hard to make a call on that because that music is the listener’s to take in, not ours. We’re so invested in the songs themselves that they become the listeners’ to interpret the significance and meaning of.”

Makeshift Prodigy recently toured with The Rouge, an indie rock outfit from Nashville, TN. “It was such a pleasure to tour with a great band whose music we enjoy. I think our bands just clicked from the start, it was like a big family of brothers the whole tour together. Complete and utter chaos, but whenever either of our bands looked into the crowd, the guys from the other band we there to support each other. That was amazing. It’s what music is supposed to be about,” Bagnara saiys.

In the next year, Makeshift Prodigy will hopefully release a new full-length record and do a lot more touring. But in the nearer future, Makeshift Prodigy will be playing the Soapbox Laundro-Lounge on Wednesday, October 3rd with Cary, NC alternative rock band IAMDYNAMITE.

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