THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
If you’ve been keeping up, you know about Central Florida breakout Flashlights.
If not, you should look into these lovely fuzz-punks already. Even though I think their full potential has yet to be realized, they’re a local band that’s earned some national prominence on Hard Rock Records
with last year’s Frightened Rabbits
-produced album Bummer Summer
and they’re exceptional.
Besides Flashlights, however, band principal Terry Caudill
has proven to be a prolific enough writer to spill over into multiple side projects.
Though they’ve gotten little attention so far, they reveal how surprisingly sustained of a wellspring for scruffy melodic perfection
he is. I already gushed about Waxed
when they made their live debut earlier this year at the Florida Music Festival
. But another active Caudill venture is Cat Hair,
a bedroom project that’s been recording and releasing for quite some time now, the latest being this summer’s LP Heaven
Underneath all the fuzz and noise, Caudill’s always had a core of irrepressible pop aptitude,
and Cat Hair showcases that melodic ability more plainly than any other project yet with even some electronic dimension. His recent Cat Hair performance (Nov. 9, Olde 64) was really only a vocal one with him basically doing his own karaoke (except when he actually did some Mariah Carey
karaoke). But the material is good and deserves some investigation (Cat Hair's Bandcamp
Although Orlando pop-punk dignitaries Teen Agers
were part of the night’s bill, their segment was an entire bill in itself. In addition to their normal salvo of quality original songs, their super deluxe performance also packed in a Jawbreaker
cover, a taste of Bad Accent
(the part-German project involving them that debuted at the recent Foreign Dissent
international showcase and a bonus Get Up Kids
cover set that they recently worked up for the Fest
with guest keyboardist Tierney Tough
(The Pauses), culminating in a showing that was as fun and generous as it looks on paper.
No doubt some of it had to do with the birthday celebration of the guy who books the Monday show series
at Olde 64 (Foundation Presents’ Marshal Rones
) but this one was a scene. And that up-close live pulse was very nice to see in this space again. The shows are free
so go see how the vibe stacks up to those legendary old Bar-BQ-Bar shows
yourself. All events are listed on the Social’s website
This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly's music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city's music scene.
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