Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This Little Underground: Flesh Wounds, Ex-Cult & Back Pages at Will's

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

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 Back Pages at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)
  • Back Pages at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

Back Pages at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

I just had my first encounter with local garage-punk band Back Pages (Nov. 12, Will’s Pub) and it was fast, dirty and insistent. They’re young dudes and their playing is still rough, but they pack some guts and promise.

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

Flesh Wounds at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

Where exactly they – or anyone serious for that matter – should set their sights was immediately answered by thrilling North Carolina trio Flesh Wounds. On record, their sound is some great rock & roll that’s cut with punk ethos. But in person, those punk veins are full-on bulging in an all-out live attack personified in frontman Montgomery Morris, who commanded the stage with swashbuckling animalism. Taken together, it’s big rock & roll thunder pushed to the scowling extreme.

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

Flesh Wounds at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

Memphis punk upstarts Ex-Cult have been busy not just at work but racking up loads of scene cred with their association with garage-punk locomotive Ty Segall. The core of their sound is a sneer that’s basic, primal and powerful. All around though, it’s sonically besieged by a smothering psych monsoon. The result is vortex of dark-trip haze, penetrating pulse and ill will. Even with all those expansive dynamics swirling around, the net effect is an impressively focused and funneled sound. Live, it was a force.

click to enlarge Ex-Cult at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)
  • Ex-Cult at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

Ex-Cult at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

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  • Rocco’s carries the Red Fox torch

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