The Sarkastiks seamlessly blend virtually every style of rock n roll music to create an original and fresh sound. Our live shows are loud, energetic, and intense and always thrill audiences with their eclectic sound, original style, and stage presence.
We Play mostly original songs but throw in a fun cover from time to time. We play all styles of Rock N Roll, sounding like a classic rock band one song, and a punk band the next. Depending on the crowd, we can play and hour of punk or we can play an hour of country/rock, or we can mix and blend them all together. We have lots of songs.
The Sarkastiks have built a solid musical foundation of straight ahead rock n roll that spans the entire rock spectrum. We cover anything from Chuck Berry to Ween. Typically we'll play 60-90 min. sets though we've played 2 set shows in the past. Our shows are loud, intense and always keep a high energy level.
Formed in the fall of '02 by Brad Odom and Evan Turner, The Sarkastiks began performing mostly at parties playing blues-rock and a plethora of familiar covers. As winter crept up we began writing original songs and worked really hard to get gigs and gain some notice. By spring of '03 we began playing regularly at open mics and other local clubs in Bloomington. We continued to play these small gigs and parties but as summer ended it came time for the drummer and lead guitarist to move on. Although this was a major set back, Brad and Evan continued to play as an acoustic guitar and bass duo as they searched for the replacements. During the winter of '03 the new drummer and guitarist were found and the Sarkastiks were back in buisness. During a few month span John and Dustin were intorduced to the material and contributed new material as well. Springtime came around and The Sarkastiks were ready to roll. We began playing as many shows as possible all over town and really improved in the process.
That summer we were invited to play the June Jamboree music festival. This is an annual event held just south of Indianapolis which we're invited back this year. After a fairly decent performance in Bloomington's battle of the bands contest, in the fall of '04, we began recording our first album at DMA Studios in Bloomington. The eleven original songs were finished in Jan. '05 then we played a few local shows as our small "CD Release Tour". SInce then we've played the June Jamboree 05, Indianapolis and Chicago a few times.
The end of the summer brought a new change. After grauation from college, Dustin moved on. Not letting the dust settle, we quickly added George Loy to replace him. We put on a huge Labor Day party and booked several shows to break George in. With him now in place we're are looking to expand in all directions and out of the state of Indiana all together.
Our website has many songs for your listening enjoyment.
7360 W Sr 48
Bloomington, IN 47404
Our self-titled debut CD recorded at Bloomington's DMA Studios was released independently on Jan. '05.
Songs from the CD can be heard in our EPK and at sarkastiks.com
Album #2 should be released by Christmas '05