By Isa Jones
By Mary Willson
By Brian Turk
By Drew AIles
By Taylor Boylston
By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
It appears that Kerschen and his cohorts put as much thought into the visual aspect of their band as they do the songwriting. For Free Gold!, they made videos for both "Swans" and "Temporary Famine Ship," utilizing archaic film footage and mixing it with footage created specifically for each video. Totaled's "Lapis Lazuli" received a similar treatment.
"When I made that video," Kerschen confesses, "I stole most of the imagery from the Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov's [Three] Songs About Lenin. I'm not a Soviet or a fan of mass executions, centralized government, work camps, death camps — or any camps at all, for that matter — but damn, there was that time when they made great films. As for the imagery, it just seemed rich in mystery and beauty, which were things I was trying to connect to in that song."
Despite Indian Jewelry's powerful live show and creative exercises in media mixing, like any art worth its salt, it's not for everyone, and not everyone understands or appreciates the work.
Kerschen once heard the music of Indian Jewelry described as being "like a depressed Jimmy Buffett." In typical fashion, he laughs and shrugs it off. "I try not to listen to what people say about us," he concludes. "But sometimes I can't help myself. It made me laugh. A lot of our bad press makes me laugh. A lot of our good press makes me cringe."