Monday, August 11, 2014

This Little Underground: Round Eye and heY!ALLigator at Will's Pub

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:03 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 Round Eye at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)
  • Round Eye at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

Round Eye at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

Besides being the Asian analogue to gringo, Round Eye (Aug. 8, Will’s Pub) is also a band from Shanghai with a local tie via guitarist-vocalist Craig “Chachy” Englund of standout Orlando punk band Libyan Hit Squad. A model of good-natured extremity, their music is an arty collision of hardcore and jazz. Their unreasonable sound checking, however, was ridiculous for a punk band and inconsiderate to final touring band Daikaiju.

click to enlarge heY!ALLigator making everyone kneel at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)
  • heY!ALLigator making everyone kneel at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

heY!ALLigator making everyone kneel at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)

The last-minute addition – Atlanta’s heY!ALLigator (yes, stylized just like that) – probably would’ve fit in more over at the Orlando Nerd Fest happening the same weekend than this bill. But it’s good they arrived because they threw mad spice all over this show. In traditional hip-hop terms, they’re kind of terrible. But they’re neither traditional nor hip-hop. Splashed in excellently awful outfits, these two ladies dropped some dorky, outlandish and horned-up comedy rap. Like a freak show with lots of on-the-floor audience interaction, their performance was big on humor and entertainment. And it’s all powered by the fun of two chicks who seriously know how to let it all hang, confident in the belief that attitude will make up for any lapse in craft. I can relate.

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click to enlarge The Pauses party like it's 1994
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