Five months in and hopeful new concert monthly Punk on the Patio is still a thing – and, thankfully, a good and well-supported thing. The latest edition (May 4, The Patio) was a strong, legitimately underground roster with bands like young local standout Crit, Jacksonville’s the Caution Children and Palm Bay’s Gillian Carter. The latter two are a couple progressive heavy Florida bands that first caught my ear several years ago at true DIY spots like Uncle Lou’s and the dearly departed Hoops Tavern. Both draw good results from hardcore and post-hardcore but with distinctly different aesthetics.
The Caution Children weave screamo and tall, textured post-rock into a sweeping, widescreen sound aimed at the sky. It’s screeching, gleeful release delivered with a little theater even.
Driven more by velocity, Gillian Carter goes for the face with a more blistering kind of beauty. And they really brought the heat with far and away the best set of the night. Even though they come full-tilt, they’re an intelligent band that shatters most institutional notions about intense music with a full spectrum of moods, from skydiving blasts to melodic odysseys. As one of the most dimensional extreme bands coming out of Florida, these guys make even Deafheaven seem narrow. And perhaps most notably, they’ve crystallized considerably into an indisputably complete force of extraordinary expression since I last saw them.
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It’s great to see that Punk on the Patio is keeping up both its momentum and quality. The monthly concert series is a great deal ($5 cover includes a free drink), a doable commitment (sane weekday show times) and a much-needed reclamation of prime downtown real estate for live music of real credibility. And it’s probably the only place you’ll get to see some of these exciting underground bands amid lasers, fog, bubbles and the downtown skyline.