Saturday, July 18, 2015

This Little Underground: On the Mills strip with Good Graeff, Coeds, Plastic Pinks and Someday River

Posted By on Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 1:27 PM

click to enlarge Good Graeff at Will's Pub - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Good Graeff at Will's Pub
click to enlarge Good Graeff at Will's Pub - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Good Graeff at Will's Pub

Sarasota twin-fronted band Good Graeff just celebrated the fresh drop of their new EP Good Job Go with a typically lively performance of their fresh-faced, folk-edged indie pop at their Orlando release event (July 16, Will’s Pub). Despite their ready combination of talent, marketability and tireless road-dogging, they haven’t exactly broken out yet. But hopefully this sparkling record will hasten that.

click to enlarge Someday River at Will's Pub - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Someday River at Will's Pub

Local support was Someday River, the band formerly known as Bellows. The long journey from Bellows to Someday River has been a tale of honing what began as a stylistically indiscriminate sprawl. Over time, they’ve pared things down considerably to arrive at their current sound of airy pop rock. With one foot in the indie world with touches like deep, swimming reverb and the other in soft-core, hippie-lite grooves, contradiction still persists in their recipe. But some pleasant melodies are squeezed between those strange bedfellows.

click to enlarge Coeds at Will's Pub - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Coeds at Will's Pub

Straight up mugging the night, however, was Savannah band Coeds. While typical first acts warm things up, these guys and girl made their Orlando debut by lighting the wick and shooting off like a Roman candle. Braiding the wild, early roots of rock & roll with doo-wop traces and a hearty garage scuff, they have a turbocharged vintage aesthetic like the Detroit Cobras, only with more kick.

click to enlarge Coeds at Will's Pub - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Coeds at Will's Pub

They’re a rubber-burning unit to be sure, but the hard, raw voice of frontwoman Anna Chandler is an absolute weapon. Although she’s already good on the male-female trades with co-front Phillip Reynolds Price (ex-An Albatross), her feral soul claws like a tiger when given full rein. That doesn’t happen nearly enough, but when it does, it’ll knock you down.

Most fresh, unfamiliar openers get little attention unless it’s something especially pulse-perking. During the course of Coeds’ blazing set, however, the room went from a sprinkle of bodies to a full, demonstrative crowd. Yes, Coeds, look ‘em up already.

click to enlarge Plastic Pinks at St. Matthew's Tavern - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Plastic Pinks at St. Matthew's Tavern

Another band to keep an eagle eye on is Miami’s Plastic Pinks, who ripped some super hot late-night action right up the street (St. Matthew’s Tavern). An onslaught by committee, this full-gang motion machine is a juggernaut of garage-punk uproar and pure physical joy. The band rages with both attack and celebration while singer June Summer unleashes the kind of physical charisma usually reserved for party metal. And it torched the spot.

click to enlarge Plastic Pinks at St. Matthew's Tavern - ASHLEY BELANGER
  • Ashley Belanger
  • Plastic Pinks at St. Matthew's Tavern

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