is often a too-tame deal, but the recent slice from the kinder side of Florida punk rock (Aug. 2, Will's Pub) showed that it doesn’t always need to be. Jacksonville headliner R-Dent
goes at it full-tilt with an N-Thusiastic (nailed it) and energetic stage show. Their sound can be a little scattered with emo, angular rock and ‘90s influences (a la their straightforward Harvey Danger
cover) all swimming around, but the band is fervent, raw and knows how what it means to lay it on the line
live with frontman Charles Woody’s physicality more emblematic of extreme genres.
is a solid and spirited emo act. With a bad name that’s mostly earned, emo
is a genre that’s been self-castrated like few others, which is what happens when your premise is just too irresistible to milquetoasts. The guys in Pinehurst, however, do the honorable roots justice with some decent heart rage. You can actually hear the hardcore heritage
I’ve already said it before but after the way they owned this show, it bears repeating: the Areolas
are one of the area’s best pop-punk bands.
What this performance further reaffirmed was that – with that tall two-guitar attack – this Orlando group is also one of the most sonically fierce
ones out there, something that’s not always a priority in pop-punk. It’s a perfect combination that delivers sweet melodic immediacy with zero compromise on mass or velocity.
As for the other locals on the bill, Adult Life
doesn’t challenge any melodic punk convention like the aforementioned do, but they’re a decent band that specializes in good-kid punk rock that’s high on melody and feels.
Although they brought the noise, Orlando’s Haunter
was an odd scramble of smeared ‘90s alt-rock that didn’t quite have the shape or core yet to make it all stick.
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