Wonderdrug New Live Dates
Saturday October 22, 2005 Phoenix Hill Tavern
Sunday October 30, 2005 Wise Fool's Pub
Saturday November 19, 2005 Avalon, Indianpolis, IN Katrina Relief Benefit
Wednesday November 26, 2005 Birdy's with Emitter, Virgin Millionaires and Dark
Wonderdrug live at Phoenix Hill Tavern, Louisville, KY Saturday October 22, 2005
Wonderdrug returns to The Patio!
July 8, 2005: Wonderdrug
will make its' triumphant return
to The Patio in lovely Broad Ripple
Village also on the bill are Sfumato and Shadyside All Stars. Come out for a
great night of music.
Eric and Marc will participate in a panel discussion during the Midwest Music
Summit on July 22 at 12:00 PM.
The Anatomy of a Record - Start to Finish
Featured Speakers Include:
Kenny Aronoff, Artist/World
Class Drummer - Bloomington, IN
Andy VanDette, Mastering Engineer -
MasterDisk - New York,
Stephen Jensen, Graphic Artist -
F3 Design - Chicago, IL
Tim Jones, Artist - Singer/Songwriter - Los Angeles, CA
Marc Johnson, Producer/Artist -
The Pop Machine -
MODERATOR: Eric Klee Johnson, Producer/Artist -
The Pop Machine -
Ike Reilly/Wonderdrug Show
March 1, 2005:
Wonderdrug will be sharing a bill with one of our favorite singer/songwriters
Ike Reilly. The show will
Wednesday 3.9.05 Indianapolis, IN
Melody Inn. Many of you saw us open for him a few years ago on his
"Salesmen and Racists" tour. He is touring to support his new release: The
Ike Reilly Assassination - Sparkle In The Finish. We don't know if we are
going on before or after Ike so please come out early! This is going to be
our first show in 2005 and might be our only local show for a few more months
until we finish our new album, we hope to see you there!
2004 Wonderdrug are still hacking away at material for their new album.
More songs have been written and arranged for consideration. Drum legend
Kenny Aronoff has been
back to the Pop Machine to cut several more drum tracks. Additionally,
Wonderdrug have brought Indianapolis area drum legends Kirk Frederickson
(formerly of Transmatic and currently Wonderdrug's live touring drummer) and
Dane Clark (of the
band) to play on the new Wonderdrug cuts.
Wonderdrug on Fox 59 and
playing benefit concert
May 25, 2004 - Wonderdrug will be playing live on Friday May 28, 2004 on Fox
59's Morning Show. The appearance will promote our opening slot Friday night
for the Gin Blossoms at Indianapolis's Military Park. The show is billed as the
Spine Aid Music Fest, a fund raiser for the Emily Hunt Foundation/Spinal Cord
Injury Research. We do not know the exact order of bands but the show starts at
6pm and several bands will be on the bill, including our friends Dystalis.
Watch for a feature article about the show in Friday's
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Ticketmaster for $15-
to buy tickets
click here. For more information about the Foundation and the event visit
Emily's story: What began as a fun-filled day at an amusement
park took a tragic turn for the Hunt family in 1996. Emily Hunt and her
grandmother, Nancy Jones, were riding a miniature train through the park
grounds, when it unexpectedly came off its tracks, throwing its passengers from
the car. The accident killed 57-year old Nancy Jones and left 4-year old Emily
Hunt with serious injuries. After 101 days in the intensive care unit and
rehabilitation hospital due to her numerous injuries, Emily was left paralyzed
from the chest down with a complete spinal cord injury. While she controls
movement of her arms, this condition is not expected to significantly improve
over her lifetime. As a result of her injuries and paralysis, Emily requires
assistance to breath through a tracheotomy and ongoing respiratory therapy to
maintain her pulmonary functions. Today, Emily displays a courageous spirit and
holds tight to her dream of one day becoming a professional dancer. The Emily
Hunt Foundation, Inc. was established in 1998 in honor of Emily, and those like
her, to raise money for spinal cord injury research.
Wonderdrug Records with Kenny Aronoff
May 25, 2004 - In other Wonderdrug news the band will be recording
with world famous drummer
Kenny Aronoff in the coming days. Kenny has played on hundreds of hit
records over the years and thousands of concerts, most famously with John
Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Seger, Avril
Lavigne and Michelle Branch. Kenny will be at Wonderdrug's recoding studio,
The Pop Machine, for a three day session recording drums on a number of
Wonderdrug songs, as well as songs written by Wonderdrug members Marc and Eric
Johnson for/with Tiffany and John Waite
The Fuglees "Indiana" and Niswander "Adventure's in Wanderland"
December 1, 2003 - Two records of note coming out the month are The Fuglees
with their second record "Indiana" Wonderdrug's own Marc Johnson produced the
album while brother Eric Klee Johnson handled the mixing duties.
is getting spin's on the Bob and Tom Show and X103's Big Dumb Show.
Rocktronica wizard Niswander released his follow up record to 1999's Revolution
of the Heart the new record tited
"Adventure's in Wanderland" features Eric Klee
Johnson as the producer and Marc making guest appearances playing guitar.
Wonderdrug's Marc Johnson joins Supergroup Three Chord Orchestra at X103's XFEST
October 1, 2003
I am shown here playing with Three Chord Orchestra at X103's XFEST2K3. Three
Chord Orchestra is a
Not-So-All-Star-Supergroup featuring Don Stuck and Gonzo Greg from 103's Big
Dumb Show, Track Dude Michael Young, Me, Mitch Allen from SR-71, Splurge,
various members of Stuck in the Night, some strippers, 3 killer clowns and any
drunk willing to show tits or man-tits (like the gentlemen in the front row) is
welcome to become a member of Three Chord Orchestra. TCO performed such rawk
classics as Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap-AC/DC, Surrender-Cheap Trick, and
Welcome to the Jungle-Guns and Roses. In the end, everybody got really wasted,
pissed themselves and still managed to kick Godsmack square in the dick. Thank
you Don Stuck.
Julien Center Benefit Concert:
July 21, 2003 - On Saturday July 26, 2003 Wonderdrug will be playing with
Gin Blossoms and Bonafide at the Julien Center Benefit Concert. The
concert will be at World Marti Gras in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are
Ticketmaster. Wonderdrug will be performing on the FOX 59 morning show
Tuesday morning 7/22 to promote the concert. We will be performing
Hangtime, Get Natural, and Salvation. For more information visit the
at Lollapalooza E-ALBUM:
Click on the icon to download Wonderdrug's explosive performance at
July 5, 2003 - Verizon Wireless Music Center. The first Lollapalooza in 6
years kicked off in Noblesville, Indiana with a high energy set from Wonderdrug.
Click here for photos
Wonderdrug To Rock
July 1, 2003: Wonderdrug has been added to the bill for the opening
show (Saturday July 5, 2003) of the Lollapalooza 2003 at the Verizon Wireless
Music Center in Noblesville IN on the outskirts of Indianapolis, IN. Gates
open at 12pm and Wonderdrug will play from 1:15-1:45pm. Wonderdrug is
sharing the bill with: Janes Addiction, Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stone
Age, Jurassic 5, The Donnas, Rooney and MORE! Visit the
TOUR page for the complete show listing and
We are very
excited to see our buddies in Jurassic 5 who recorded at our
Pop Machine studios a
few weeks ago. They cut a cool song that is being used for Nike commercial as
well as a Japanese single. We had a blast working with them.
Wonderdrug Plays International
May 1, 2003: Wonderdrug will be playing the world famous
International Pop Overthrow in Chicago IL this weekend. We hope to see
many familiar faces at the show! See the
TOUR page for all of the show details and visit
IPO's website for a full listing of bands playing.
Wonderdrug Plays Indy Public
School (IPS) Benefit:
March 15, 2003: Wonderdrug is playing an awesome benefit this week. We
play at 8pm on Thursday, March 20. More info is on the
TOUR page. Below is what you need to know
about the benefit, the show is being heavily promoted by 92.3 WTTS and is billed
as "The Best Rock Groups in Indy." Admission is FREE w/ an instrument
Donation or cash donation. Have friends that can't afford to get into most
shows? Bring 'em out and have them pay what they can. 100% of door goes to
help IPS kids. Tell your friends.
Band Together for
Article by Kristen Leep
March is “Music in Our
Schools Month”. Sadly, many school music programs, including IPS, are suffering
from major cutbacks as educators struggle to work with smaller budgets. The
problem stems from most educators seeing music as an extra-curricular activity
rather than integrated into the school curriculum. Study after study finds
evidence that students who participate in music are rewarded with better
reading, language, and math skills. There is also evidence that music students
perform better academically, have higher self-esteem, and are less likely to
drop out of school. So, with so much evidence that school music programs
encourage success, what can we do to help?
Well, you can actually do
something you do already and go to a show. Bands of America is an organization
that co-ordinates several music events including the National Concert Band and
Percussion Festival (here in Indianapolis March 20-22) and the National Marching
Band Championships. They have teamed up with WTTS 92.3, the Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolismusic.net, and Guitar Center to support music
education in Central Indiana through the “Band Together” campaign. A gently used
instrument or a cash donation will get you into a show and the proceeds will be
distributed among local school music programs. The instruments will be
reconditioned and donated to local band rooms and the cash will be used to
create an IPS scholarship for urban Indianapolis students to participate in
Bands of America’s Summer Band Symposium.
No matter what kind of
music you like, there is bound to be a show where you can show your support,
starting at Birdy’s on March 7 and a Private Concert with The Clarks. The doors
open at 6 PM and as with all of the Band Together events, if you bring an
instrument or money to donate you can enjoy the show for free. Local
Indianapolis bands will be contributing to the effort as well, in two shows
later in the month. The first is a showcase sponsored by IndianapolisMusic.net
featuring The Common, Wonderdrug, America Owns the Moon and
Loretta on Thursday, March 20th at Birdy’s. Capping off the month
will be the all-ages Big Brass Blowout Bash at the Rathskeller on Sunday,
March 30 at 6 PM. Blue Moon Revue and 7 Pleasures will take
the stage as well as the double-whammy of The Malcontents and Johnny
In addition to the
concerts planned for the month of March, WTTS and Band Together will take to
Monument Circle on Wednesdays in March between 11 AM and 1 PM to collect
instruments and donations. If you donate there, you can receive concert tickets,
CDs, and more.
For more information or
to make a donation online, visit
Band Together Event
Friday March 14th – Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Classical Series Concert,
featuring works by Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Kernis at the Hilbert Circle
Theater. Performance begins at 8:00 PM
Thursday March 20th – IndianapolisMusic.net Band Together Showcase. Birdy’s.
Featuring The Common, Wonderdrug, America Owns the Moon, & Loretta. Showtime
Thursday, March 20th-Saturday March 22nd – Bands of America National Concert
Band Festival. Clowes Hall, Butler University. Bring an instrument or cash
donation for free admittance to that block of concerts. (Does not include the
Honor Band of America Concert or Friday night Nexus concert.) For Concert Times
and information go to www.bands.org
Friday, March 21st – Bands of America National Percussion Festival. Indiana
Historical Society. All Day Concerts 8:30am-6:00pm.
Sunday March 30th – ALL AGES! The Band Together Big Brass Blowout Bash. The
Rathskellar – THE HOTTEST HORN BANDS EVER, featuring the Malcontents, 7
Pleasures, Blue Moon Revue, and Johnny Socko! Show starts at 6:00pm.
| Bands of America |
Wonderdrug Show Report:
February 23, 2003: Here is the report from our show on Friday, February 21,
2003 Joe's 2, Indianapolis.
The show went well with no pepper spray or
pyrotechnics and all emergency exits were open and unobstructed. Unreel opened
and the show was very crowded. Brad Cates, formerly of The World and Jif and the
Choosy Mothers came up on stage and did three 80s cover songs and a 70s classic
including I Will Follow and Desire by U2, The One I Love by REM and The Ocean by
one for you
what is life (George Harrison)
middle of nowhere
whole lotta love (Led Zeppelin)
middle of nowhere
white rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
the one I love (REM)
I will follow (U2)
purple is the color
the ocean (Led Zeppelin)
Wonderdrug Benefit Shows:
February 5, 2003:
The Patio show was explosive! There was a dangerous energy in the room. Always
great to hear people singing your songs back to you. The show was a huge success
with hundreds in attendance. Kris Luckett from Indie 500 Records band Diamonds &
Rust to sing a few songs.
Also, great sets by Extra Blue Kind, Throttle (featuring Kirk Fredrickson
formerly of Transmatic), and Slow Mary. Thanks to all the
old and new friends who came out to support Wonderdrug.
SET LIST (from the show):
ONE FOR YOU
WHAT IS LIFE? (George Harrison song with Kris Luckett from Diamonds & Rust)
FADE IN/FADE OUT (new song might also be called Middle of Nowhere)
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE (Led Zep song with Kris Luckett from Diamonds & Rust)
HIGHWAY TO HELL (AC/DC song with Kris Luckett from Diamonds & Rust)
SUPERSONIC DAYDREAM (with Kris Luckett from Diamonds & Rust)
Wonderdrug Benefit Shows:
December 5, 2002:
Wonderdrug plays tomorrow Friday December 6 at World
Mardi Gras downtown Indianapolis at World Mardi Gras located on the fourth floor
of Circle Centre Mall to benefit Habitat for Humanity. This is an early show
with doors opening at 8:00 PM, Wonderdrug goes on stage at 8:30 PM, so get there
very early. Also on the bill is our friends Transmatic and Mudkids. This is an
important show for us and we could really use all of your support. Spread the
word and bring your friends along, it will be a great show. For more details
read the press release below.
SALLIE MAE and KARMA RECORDS
TRANSMATIC WONDERDRUG MUDKIDS
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BENEFIT
W O R L D M A R D I G R A S
4TH FLOOR CIRCLE CENTRE MALL
FRIDAY DECEMBER 6 2002 9PM
$10 Tickets at WMG Box Office 8PM Doors
Sallie Mae, Radio Now 93.1, and Karma Music present a night of great music for a
great cause. Immortal/Virgin Recording Artist Transmatic will play a homecoming
show with Wonderdrug and Mudkids to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater
Indianapolis Friday, December 6 at World Mardi Gras on the fourth floor of
Circle Centre Mall.
This will be Transmatic, Wonderdrug and Mudkids' first combined Indianapolis
appearance since Clear Channel's Summer Stages in August. Doors open at 8 p.m.
with music starting with Wonderdrug then Transmatic. Mudkids will be the last
group on the bill performing to the wee hours of the morning.
Conceptually, this event is like another Sallie Mae event that takes place
annually in Las Vegas at the House of Blues that raises money for a local Las
Vegas women's shelter called The Shade Tree. This year's event at the House of
Blues features John Waite, Gin Blossoms, and Lisa Loeb.
Friday's event at World Mardi Gras in Indianapolis will be the first in what is
hoped to be an annual event that benefits a local Indianapolis charity in the
city where Sallie Mae operates and employees roughly 2,500 people. Net proceeds
earned from the event will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater
Indianapolis. It is noteworthy that Sallie Mae employees help build a "Habitat"
home in 2002 called "The House That Sallie Built."
Transmatic will perform songs from its debut Immortal/Virgin album while
Wonderdrug will play songs from a forthcoming release and Mudkids play in
support of their CD "Higher." Transmatic's Joey Fingers and Eric Klee Johnson
and Marc Johnson from Wonderdrug have been busy collaborating on several
projects including Fingers' forthcoming solo release as well as a new record for
80's pop icon Tiffany.
Adopt-a-Minefield Benefit - Birdy's 2171 E. 71st Street
Wonderdrug also plays tonight, December 5, at Birdy's Bar Grill for "A
Night of Thousand Dinners" to benefit Paul McCartney's "Adopt a Minefield"
charity. Wonderdrug will be performing a short set tonight featuring the
song "What is Life" from George Harrison's' All Things Must Pass record as well
as a brand new Wonderdrug song called "One for You".
7 p.m. Food will be served suggested $5 a plate donation The cover charge is
only $5 to see Wonderdrug, the Niswander Band, Rocksoup (featuring Cathy
Morris), The Common, Living Proof, Greg Ziesemer, Roger Baker, Bryan Bishop, and
more performing original music and music of the Beatles! The evening will close
with some cool spontaneous performances by local musicians. There will also be
video featuring George Harrison and John Lennon, plus a special video
presentation featuring Heather and Paul McCartney. We have many cool raffled
items and a silent auction including Beatles memorabilia, also!
Powerface Production Calls...
December 1, 2002 Eric and Marc have been
enlisted to produce a number of projects that they could not pass up,
while still trying to finish the new Wonderdrug record. First,
Powerface, a group from East Lansing, Michigan who recorded a demo with Eric
and Marc a few months ago secured a record deal with the Lupus Thunder of the
Bloodhound Gang's Four Seven Media Group
Lupus was so impressed with the twins production skills he insisted they produce
the record at The Pop Machine in Indianapolis, IN with Thunder overseeing the
project from L.A. where he is putting the finishing touches on the new
Bloodhound Gang record. Marc and Eric are also finishing up producing
the new Tiffany singles with Joey Fingers and I must say the material I have
heard is "On"!
Update on Jammin' With Tiffany
October 31, 2002: When Tiffany was out in
September we (Eric and Marc Johnson and Joey Fingers) wrote several songs with
Tiffany and completed two. We recorded the main parts of those two at that time
and they hopefully will be included on Tiffany's next album.
Jammin' With Tiffany
September 13, 2002: Wonderdrug
songwriters Marc and Eric Johnson will be teaming up with Transmatic's Joey
Fingers to work with pop sensation Tiffany, yes she of teen pop fame. Tiffany
became aware of the great songwriters in Indy's Modern Pop Rock scene. She
wanted to come to Indy to write and demo some songs for her next release. We
will let you know how it goes!
Wonderdrug will be performing at the House of Blues Las
Vegas September 18, 2002!
August 4, 2002 >>>
Club Tempest >>>
West Hollywood, CA
Wonderdrug played to a capacity crowd at Club
Tempest in West Hollywood, CA as part two of the International Pop Overthrow
(the band also played the Chicago installment of the IPO this past April)
Wonderdrug played one of the best shows of their career earning an encore from
the no-so-easy to please Hollywood pop crowd.
The station manager from KCSU in San Francisco proclaimed The Drug as the
best band on the bill and promised to add the unreleased "Hangtime in the
Halflife" into rotation the following week, guess what...He really did.
"We are honored to have our song "Salvation" on the
International Pop Overthrow Vol 5 CD, past version's have turned into
modern day pop classic's. We want to give a very special thanks to
David Bash, Founder of International Pop Overthorw for all the kindness in the
past year and congratulations on another successful CD.
Marc Johnson - Wonderdrug
International Pop Overthrow Vol. 5
(Not Lame Records) includes:
Jellyfish "All I Want is Everything"
Kevin Tihista's Red Terror "You Don't Have To Be Sorry"
Sparkle*Jets UK "Good Morning World"
AM Radio "You Saved Me Last Night"
3rd Degree "Gone"
The Shazam "New Thing"
Starbelly "Baby's Eyes"
Cherry Blossom Clinic "Something New"
The Now People "Town Without Pity"
Indy Summer Stages
Wonderdrug, Superdrag, Better that Ezra, Sugar Ray and Live.
Wonderdrug cranked out an electrifying 45 minute set on the IUPUI stage Sunday
as part of Clear Channel's
Indy Summer Stages. The set included blistering versions of "Faker", "Hangtime
in the Halflife" and "Hi". The crowd came to their feet when the band
launched into radio favorite "Automatic." Currently, Wonderdrug is busy in their
studio recording tracks for the new records and preparing for the International
Pop Overthrow show in Los Angeles.
Rockin' in the
July 2, 2002: We hope all of you can
check us out this weekend when we perform at Indianapolis's Indy Summer Stages.
For more info and how to get tickets check out
check out the TOUR page for updates about our
performance at the International Pop Overthrow in Los Angeles in August! Work
continues on our next record. We have 7 songs finished now and plan on recording
and finishing at least another 7 to consider for the record. We have also been
tremendously busy working in our studio, The Pop Machine (www.thepopmachine.com),
with some of the best artists in the Midwest on their projects.
May 2, 2002: We have put up some of our
upcoming summer tour dates on the TOUR page. We hope to see you out at our shows
this summer. This won't be our only dates but are a start. The Indy Summer
Stages show should be a great one with us sharing the bill with our friends
Superdrag as well as Lifehouse, Sugar Ray and two more major acts yet to be
announced! We will continue to spend a lot of time working on our second album.
No time table yet on when it will be finished but we are going to take the time
it needs to be a great album.
While vacationing on Miami Beach Marc had the pleasure of
visiting South Beach Studio's, this world class recording studio is home to
legendary mix engineer Tom Lord-Alge (Weezer, Live, Mick Jagger,etc...)
Special thanks to Scott at the studio for the hospitality.
Just announced, Wonderdrug
will be performing as part of the legendary
International Pop Overthrow in Chicago. IL April 1 at Nevlin's Live
and in Los Angeles in August/September.
"Automatic" has been selected to be on the 2002 International Pop Overthrow
This is an honor for us, since past IPO's CD's have gone on to become
power pop classics.
We look forward to seeing all of our Chicago friends at the show!
Wonderdrug at House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV. Feb 22
Tickets on sale through ticketmaster.
January 15, 2002
"Salvation" the new single by Wonderdrug's forthcoming record is currently
in rotation on spinner.com and AOL Music. Spinner.com/AOL Music Music
Director said "Salvation currently has a higher rating than current singles by
Lenny Kravitz, The Cure and Built to Spill, not bad company to keep."
Spinner.com's listening audience is more than all of New York City.
Needless to say we are very excited
So tune in: spinner.com
Wonderdrug is featured on the following channels:
Best of Alt 01,
All Rock .
Indianapolis Music.net CD Release Party
January 5 at Birdy's Wonderdrug performed along
DJ Papabear, Tripulay, Deanna Morae, Citizens Band, Extra Blue Kind, The Common, Paradox 44, Man-E-Toboada
and Sidereal for the Indianapolis Music.net CD release party.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
December 20, 2001: We here at Wonderdrug and
Wonderdrug.net want to wish you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous and
peaceful holiday season and new year. We thank you for your support of
Wonderdrug in the past and in the future! 2002 looks like it should be a great
year for Wonderdrug and their fans as Wonderdrug's second album should be out
hopefully in the first half of the year!
We are sorry that it has been so long since our
last update. Wonderdrug
has been laying low over the past few months working on material for
their next album. There are several new Wonderdrug tour dates
posted that we wanted to
let you know about! The most immediate one is a date at The
Patio tomorrow (Friday) night. Also coming up is the release party for
the very cool Indianapolis Music Net/City of Music MP3 CD which
features tons of music (120 songs!) from local bands
on one CD in MP3 format. Visit
for more info!
Check out Transmatic's
December 20, 2001: Wonderdrug's longtime
friends (and Indy's own) Transmatic have released their self-titled debut full
length album on Virgin/Immortal records. As many of you know Transmatic shared
quite a few shows with Wonderdrug in the past two years. Additionally
Transmatic recorded many of their original demos with Marc and Eric Johnson at
The Pop Machine Studio in Broad Ripple. If you do pick up the album make sure
to check out the song "Face To Face" which was co-written by Transmatic with
Marc and Eric Johnson! For more info on Transmatic please visit
September 13, 2001: Wonderdrug's first
video for their new single "Salvation" is available for viewing online.
The video was filmed in and around
Bloomington IN by video director Nate Weaver. It will be released in late
September to all of the major video networks.
Click on images for larger pictures
from the "Salvation" video.
View the Salvation video:
Quicktime Format -
High Quality |
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The Microphone Interview
September 13, 2001:
Music scene website
has a featured interview with Wonderdrug's
Eric Klee Johnson. Topics covered in the interview are Wonderdrug, Indie 500
Records and The Pop Machine Studios. The direct link to the interview is
Music Video Wire
September 13, 2001:
Music Video Wire did a story about Wonderdrug's "Salvation"
video shoot with the director Nate Weaver. It gives an interesting perspective
on making videos. They also have several pictures from the making of the
Indianapolis Star Article
August 10, 2001:
David Lindquist wrote the following article about
Wonderdrug gets a break through
Indianapolis group finally getting national attention, air time.
August 10, 2001
When Wonderdrug issued its debut album in May 1999, the Indianapolis rock band
did what it could to attract attention from radio station WRZX-FM (103.3). The group hired an independent song promoter and even tried to woo staff
members with complimentary breakfasts delivered to the station.
"Everybody at X103 had a copy of Hi!," says Wonderdrug bass player Eric
But significant airplay didn't come -- the typical story for independent
musicians trying to break through to major exposure.
So Wonderdrug carried on, playing nightclub shows and working on a follow-up
album. When drummer Thom Braun moved away from Indiana at the end of 2000, the
second album was scrapped.
Still, Johnson, his twin brother Marc Johnson (vocals, guitar) and Kelley
Milligan (synthesizer, vocals) pressed ahead. Braun was replaced by Tony
Medeiros, who played on subsequent recording sessions.
The band caught a break soon after, when Marc Johnson ran into WRZX program
director Scott Jameson at Rehearsal Studio Productions. A performance by
Australian rock band Killing Heidi was the attraction, and Tom Schleuning --
who was president of Killing Heidi's recording label 3:33 Music -- was on hand
Industry friends Jameson and Schleuning listened to Wonderdrug's new material
and told each other they liked what they heard. WRZX booked the band to play
this year's May Day concert at Verizon Wireless Music Center, and unreleased
track Automatic received the most local airplay on X103 since the Why Store's
"We tried like hell to get this done with Hi!, and this happened completely by
mistake," Marc Johnson says.
This weekend, Wonderdrug should be one of the hottest unsigned properties at
the Midwest Music Summit -- a new industry convention featuring artist
showcases, panel discussions, VIP parties and a trade show.
The band will play a late-night set Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe (47 S.
Meridian St.), sandwiched between Whirlybird (a band based in Nashville,
Tenn.) and Dust For Life (a Wind-Up Records act from Memphis, Tenn.).
Marc Johnson says Wonderdrug was in contract talks with Schleuning before he
The good news is that interest from one label causes a ripple effect. For the
first time in Wonderdrug's career, companies are calling the band.
"When you get airplay, it's not just your friends hearing Automatic," Marc
Johnson says. "If (the airplay is) reported to an industry trade magazine,
your phone will be ringing off the hook."
Label representatives from both coasts are expected to be scouting talent at
the MMS. If they've done their homework, says WRZX's Jameson, they're already
aware of Wonderdrug's Automatic success.
"When an A&R executive is going through station play lists across the country
and they see a band name they're not familiar with getting airplay on a
station in a large market, they should investigate it," he says. "They
typically call the program director, the band itself and find their site
online. 'Why is this band that's not signed getting airplay alongside all
these other bands?' "
Scrambling to capitalize on its opportunity, Wonderdrug will issue a four-song
EP later this summer that includes Automatic.
Marc and Eric Johnson -- through years in Wonderdrug and previous band 15
Minutes -- have played most of the notable industry conventions. The list
includes CMJ Music Marathon in New York and South By Southwest in Austin,
Texas. Last weekend, they played the Atlantis Music Conference in Atlanta, Ga.
"The best thing about conferences is that you get in touch with a lot of
people that you might not reach with a million phone calls, letters and
e-mails," Eric Johnson says. "The artist always has the upper hand when (the
industry) comes to you."
Wonderdrug To Play Music
July 26, 2001: Wonderdrug
will be playing two high profile music conferences that should bring the band
much exposure in the next few weeks. Check out the
TOUR page for more info.
Wonderdrug To Play Several
Shows This Week
July 17, 2001: Wonderdrug
will be playing three shows this week. Be sure to visit our
TOUR page for more info.
Wonderdrug To Play For Indiana
July 11, 2001: Wonderdrug
has been asked to play before Sunday's Indiana Firebirds Arena League Football game at
Conseco Fieldhouse. We will be playing outside on the WFBQ Q95 stage in the
parking lot and the show will be free.
Wonderdrug To Open for Stabbing
Westward on July 4th
July 4, 2001: Wonderdrug
was the special guest on WRZX X103's Stabbing Westward concert.
It was hella hot in The Vogue that night and so was the band check the picture
from the show!
June 7, 2001: We are looking for people who want to join our
Street Team. Basically you would help keep track of what stores have
Wonderdrug CD's, help spread the word of our shows and music, request our
music, help us at shows by working our mailinglist and merchandise and things
like that. In return you will get free stuff, meet the band and learn about
the music biz. If this sounds like something you would like to try head over
and click on the link on our main page for Street Team to sign up.
Fuglees Benefit Show
June 7, 2001: The Fuglees recently had their gear stolen at their
rehearsal space so we are throwing a party to raise money for the replacement
of their gear. Check out the TOUR page for updates.
MayDay 2001 Report
May 31, 2001: We have added a new photo gallery from May Day
2001. These photos were all taken by Lorri Markum.
Check out the
2001 Photo Gallery by Lorri Markum and watch for more photos to come!
MayDay 2001 Report
May 27, 2001: Our show as WRZX X103's MayDay concert on Saturday at
Verizon Wireless Music Center was KILLER. We had a tremendous crowd and the
weather cleared up just in time for our performance. Our 50 minute set was
very well received by a crowd of up to 3000 people. The show was highlighted
by lots of new material from our forthcoming album, "The Space Between
People." The crowd most reacted to our new single Automatic and our
rocking jam Supersonic Daydream. Lead singer/guitarist Marc Johnson came away
bleeding from that song when after breaking a string on his primary Gibson Les
Paul he switched to his Strat to finish the song. When at the closing of that
song the Strat blew a string Marc decided to blow his fuse too, smashing the
guitar to bits to the roar of an approving crowd. After the show the band sold
out of all merchandise and CD's it had signing hundreds of autographs.
The band wants to thank all of their fans who turned out for the show and made
it one of the most special of their careers. The band appeared on X103 a few
times during the day for interviews with The Big Dumb Morning Show and also
Adam Ritz and Nikki.
Check out the
2001 Photo Gallery and watch for more photos to come!
Wonderdrug on X103
May 25, 2001: Wonderdrug was on X103 on Friday at 5:30 to talk about
their appearance at MayDay and play their new single Automatic. They follow
Modern Rock Lounge singer Richard Cheese and helped him do a cover of
Nirvana's Rape Me. Cheese also did a short version of Automatic with Marc and
Eric. DJ Adam Ritz did a long interview with the Johnson's and spun
Check out the
Pre Interview Photo Gallery
Wonderdrug on TV
May 27, 2001: Wonderdrug taped a brief interview with FOX 59's Joni
Michaels after their performance at MayDay that should air sometime this week.
Wonderdrug opens for The Cult
May 21, 2001: Wonderdrug opened for The Cult tonight at
Indianapolis' Murat Egyptian Room. We did a 45 minute set to a crowd of about
1000 people. It honestly was one of 2 or 3 best shows of our careers. The Cult
is one of Wonderdrug's favorite bands and has had a huge impact on us
musically so it was a dream come true to open for them. Lots of fans came up
after the show and bought discs and gave us raves on our performance.
Photos of us live on the right at The Cult by Lorri Markum!
Wonderdrug on TV
May 16, 2001: THIS Friday (May 18, 2001) Wonderdrug will be on the
FOX 59 Morning Show with Joni Michaels and x103's Adam Ritz. The segment
was taped was taped today at our Indy studio, The Pop Machine. It will
feature an interview and possibly a performance. We hope you can check
it out and also let your friends know about it.
Call to Request "Automatic"
May 16, 2001: Our new single, Automatic, continues to get spins on
Indy's premier Modern Rock station WRZX x103. We hope that all of you
can continue to call in your requests for Wonderdrug's music. To request
our music call x103 at 317-239-x103.
Wonderdrug Added To WRZX X103's MayDay Concert
April 25, 2001: Wonderdrug has been added to Indianapolis Modern Rock
station WRZX X103's
concert on Memorial Day (and Indy 500) weekend. Wonderdrug will be the first
band of the day at the Verizon
Wireless Music Center (just outside of Indy in Noblesville IN and formerly
known as Deer Creek) and will be followed by Nonpoint, Nickelback, Oleander
and Staind. Tickets for the all day festival are only $20 and are available
Visit the MayDay page for more info
Download Wonderdrug's New Single!!!
April 25, 2001: Wonderdrug's new single Automatic now appears on our
MEDIA page to
download in MP3 format. If you like the song please tell your friends about it
and point them here to download it!
Wonderdrug's New Single is "Automatic"
April 20, 2001: Wonderdrug has released their new radio single and the
first track from their forthcoming album "The Space Between People."
The new single is an uptempo rocker called Automatic. Indianapolis IN Modern
Rock station WRZX
X103 has added the song to their rotation. Give them a call ( 317-239-X103 )
to request the song if you haven't heard it
READ THE ARCHIVE NEWS HERE