;Formed in 2002 as the brainchild of guitarist Carlos DeSoto and bassist Todd Elliott, the Rules have at their core two Orlando musicians who honed their chops playing in several diverse, odd-pocket musical outfits including Casiopeia, Obliterati and Good Golly Miss Molly Hatch It, among others. Being skilled, versatile and self-reliant musicians, the duo quickly composed, recorded and self-released a debut album — short title: Floppy Disk — of instrumental, jazz-heavy synth-rock packed with enough time changes to stump even the stuffiest of math rock majors.


;; Upon the completion of Floppy Disk, however, a problem presented itself: How do two people re-create those studio-intensive songs live?

;;The answer, in simplest terms, is that they don't. Instead, guitarist Chris Medico (who's been a frequent collaborator with DeSoto) and drummer Anthony Cole (Sam Rivers, Kow) were recruited to expand the Rules into a quartet. Needless to say, with their expanded lineup of four of the most formidable musical talents in Orlando, the Rules no longer sound like a complex duo. And they don't sound like a quartet, either.

;;On the group's new disc, Important Information, the Rules have somehow started to sound like an eight-piece group, due to the compositional complexity of their songs and the ease with which DeSoto coaxes an array of sounds out of his keyboards. And, thanks to the impressive talents of Medico, Cole and Elliott, the other elements fall effortlessly into place, giving the intricate numbers a breezy ease that escapes the trappings of instrumental masturbation. With short-form, tightly arranged pieces that stay true to a central theme, one could almost accuse the Rules of being a pop band.


;"Unlike some instrumental bands, who get pigeonholed into the jam-band category," says DeSoto, "I don't think we're anywhere near that."


;"We're writing three-minute pop songs," adds Elliott, "but they're instrumental. We're just trying to be creative with pop music."




with the Luckiest Band in the World


9 p.m. Saturday


Will's Pub




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