CANNABIS CULTURE – When a group of friends and growers from the East Coast of Canada decided to start a band devoted to marijuana, they did it with a simple goal in mind: advance a strong anti-prohibitionist message using the sweet sounds of rock, blues, and a touch of bluegrass. Indus Guys have accomplished that goal with their album Outstanding In Their Fields.
Recorded in a secluded farmhouse high in the Appalachia of Eastern Canada, the disc brims with sticky-green imagery. Songs like “First Toke on a Sunny Day”, “September Daze/Green Outlaw” and the band’s anthem “Leave Us Alone” deliver messages of peace, understanding, and celebrating great bud.
Photos and videos at the band’s website, www.IndusGuys.com, show the Guys donning disguises and performing tunes at a massive outdoor grow, where huge plants with fat buds seem to sway to the melodic harmonica and juicy guitar licks. Indus Guys play gigs, make videos, and promote their music just like other bands, but have to hide their identities because they are all regular members of the community.
Guitarist and vocalist George W. Kush recently visited the office of Cannabis Culture Magazine to record a video for Pot-TV and discuss the Indus Guys’ music and message.
Cannabis Culture: After listening to the album and watching your videos, it is easy to see that the Indus Guys are very pro-marijuana. What does the band hope to accomplish?
George W. Kush: We are trying to reach the audience through music, and make them think of marijuana in a different light. The continuous portrayal of pot smokers as evil is ridiculous. When we play songs in front of people, the little old lady or big burly man would have a hard time disliking us. They would be there because of the music, but get a message from us too.
CC: Why do you think people have misconceptions about marijuana?
GWK: Well, it is obvious that 70 or 80 years of brainwashing and misinformation has ensured the truth is twisted around and lies are perpetuated. There are people who believe everything the government says, and that is just the way they are brought up. It’s a fear thing. The only thing we can do is stand beside them and say, “I’m not the boogie man, I’m just like you.” We’re not asking people to agree with smoking marijuana; what we are saying is, it makes no sense to put people in jail for choosing marijuana as long as there are other substances and intoxicants out there that are legal and more dangerous. And on top of that, all the science shows that marijuana is not harmful.
CC: Where did the name Indus Guys come from, and what does it mean?
GWK: It came from a big smoking session when we started writing the songs. We thought we should have a band, but due to the subject matter we knew we would have to be in disguise. So it is a great play on words. Also, notice that we didn’t spell it In-D-I-S, as it probably should be, but In-D-U-S, because we are all very industrious. One of the things we are trying to say is “How dare you call people who smoke pot lazy?” Because it doesn’t matter what you do, whether you’re a musician, a pot grower, or anything else: if you don’t work hard, you won’t get to play hard.
CC: It is very risky to drag all of your equipment to a large outdoor grow operation like the one in the video for “Field of Dreams.” Weren’t you worried about getting busted out in the open?
GWK: Oh absolutely. But not enough to stop us! It needed to be done, because no one has ever done it before. At least, I’m unaware if someone has done it. If you’re involved in marijuana and you see that video out of the corner of your eye, it automatically makes you do a double take. That’s going to bring attention to the band, which brings attention to the music and what we are trying to say in the music.
CC: Why is marijuana such an important element to the band’s music and image?
GWK: There wouldn’t be an Indus Guys band if it weren’t for marijuana, no doubt about it. I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 26 years old, and I started because I used to get stoned, listen to music, and come up with all these ideas for songs. Smoking pot is what the members of the band have in common, and every tune was written under the influence of cannabis, so the whole album is about marijuana and being a farmer.
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