Saturday, October 5, 2019

Jacksonville's Teen Divorce shine at Montgomery Drive's all-Florida band showcase at Will's Pub

Posted By on Sat, Oct 5, 2019 at 10:51 AM

click to enlarge Teen Divorce at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Teen Divorce at Will's Pub
THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Teen Divorce, Chalet Girl and Flagman, Will’s Pub, Oct. 2

With the exception of young local favorites Boston Marriage, my second Montgomery Drive showcase in as many nights gave completely fresh looks at some homegrown talent.
click to enlarge Teen Divorce at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Teen Divorce at Will's Pub
The most complete and impressive discovery of the evening was Jacksonville’s Teen Divorce. All their style markers glow with the kind of warm familiarity that will induce instant, deep and swooning indie nostalgia. But roll it all up and their merge of thick and chunky 1990s indie rock, emo and shoegaze textures that are much more gorgeously present live makes for a somewhat unlikely but fresh amalgam. Striking an effective dynamic between melody and tectonics, this is a band with a clear sense of direction and aesthetic.
click to enlarge Flagman at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Flagman at Will's Pub
Opening Orlando band Flagman yielded the opposite result. With a sound that’s some form of rock ADHD, this is the kind of indeterminate band that places variety far above vision. Maybe their look was a giveaway:
click to enlarge Flagman at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Flagman at Will's Pub
click to enlarge Flagman at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Flagman at Will's Pub
If I listed all the styles Flagman touched on during their set, my word count would be shot. But with an excursive scramble that at the very least included grunge, psych, blues rock, groove, jazz and even some goofball Primus shit, this performance was an exercise in unchecked miscellanea. They’re notably technical players, but even excellent ones are nowhere without direction. And as a band, much less an idea, Flagman are more fusion than synthesis.
click to enlarge Flagman at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Flagman at Will's Pub
Also playing were young Orlando group Chalet Girl. Although still in development, they’re a decent trio with indie rock that’s simple but brawny. What rings brightest about them is the clear voice of Lili Trombo. With a pronounced revivalist streak that exudes classic style like the lead of a 1960s girl group, her singing brings a booming, vintage clarity to their otherwise modern rock sound.
click to enlarge Chalet Girl at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Chalet Girl at Will's Pub
click to enlarge Chalet Girl at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Chalet Girl at Will's Pub
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