Friday, February 8, 2019

Afro-punk band Soul Glo ignite Orlando with raw power and truth

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 10:35 AM

click to enlarge Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's
THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Soul Glo, C0MPUTER and Witchbender, Uncle Lou’s, Feb. 6

Despite the lighthearted Eddie Murphy allusion of their moniker, Philadelphia’s Soul Glo are to be taken with absolute gravity. Although it’s confounding that it’s still this hot a topic in 2019, America is once again in the painful reckonings of paradigm shift when it comes to race and culture. It’s why a conscious Afro-punk band like this – with their searing, point-blank approach to both music and message – is as on time as it gets.
click to enlarge Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's
Sonically, they stand apart by merging hardcore, noise and even some borderline jazz. And they do it with musicianship that can be as technical as it is ferocious. The resulting attack hits with skillful legibility even through its full-frontal blitz. Now put the warhead of Black truth on top of that vessel and you’ve got one serious-ass missile that leverages oppression into agency. And from the bodies and the buzz, the Orlando underground received Soul Glo with at least some of the awareness, excitement and import they deserve.
click to enlarge Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • Soul Glo at Uncle Lou's
With charged opening and closing sets, the local support bands made the bill a hard-hitting trifecta. Orlando trio C0MPUTER ripped grinding punk with metal extremity and striking style.
click to enlarge C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's
With masked players and a frontwoman decked out like a DIY punk Dale Bozzio, their arty presentation’s got flair and theater. But as their cranked, edge-pushing performance proved, their execution is real and raw.
click to enlarge C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • C0MPUTER at Uncle Lou's
Witchbender, a band that’s in the cream of the area crop right now, launched the night right by completely blowing out the room with their volume and velocity. Like the Jesus Lizard’s hardcore kid brother, this studded group is a harsh, turbulent vortex of punk and noise rock that’s peer to Pissed Jeans and the like. And they are gloriously nasty.
click to enlarge Witchbender at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • Witchbender at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge Witchbender at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • Witchbender at Uncle Lou's
click to enlarge Witchbender at Uncle Lou's - JEN CRAY
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  • Witchbender at Uncle Lou's

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