Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This Little Underground: Sabals at Will's Pub

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

 

This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly's music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city's music scene. Read the latest column here.

click to enlarge Sabals at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)
  • Sabals at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

Sabals at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

Besides being part of what might be a little local trend of bands whose names are inspired by regional flora, new group Sabals has the distinction of being the maiden act for Eye Four Records – a new label that’s especially noteworthy for its affiliation with one of the area’s top indie houses, North Avenue Studios. After seeing them live last night (Oct. 20, Will’s Pub), what’s clear is this is a young band with a sense of show, ambition and possibly vision. Nothing wrong with the basic get-up-and-play approach, but it’s just not enough for Sabals, who took control over their presentation with connective ambient sounds and their own stage effects. It wasn’t so much what their atmosphere was right now (fairly basic lights and some fog) as what it wasn’t (the same old, same old). These simple gestures suggest a band that wants to be something a little bit special.

click to enlarge Sabals at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)
  • Sabals at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

Sabals at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

There’s beauty in their tall, romantic and pop-rich indie rock, but their performance was raw. However, even though none of them are exceptional players yet, frontwoman Beth Bynum’s voice is very promising. Sabals have a little street heat right now but they’ll really be something to talk about once their playing catches up to her singing. No question, they have some real work in front of them. But their desire to make a mark is already showing.

Eye Four has their debut single slated for an early November release. On its heels, expect fresh material from the new-look Day Joy that’s currently being recorded and new music from electro-pop act Palmedo and a joint project between Thomas Wynn and studio honcho David Plakon.

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