Archive for the ‘Local Bands’ Category

Florida Spotlight: Girls on the Beach

February 2, 2012

Girls on the Beach

Top of this Thursday to you. Not much time to bestow heaps of (deserved) praise upon these fine gentlemen, but just check out this track and be blown away. Girls on the Beach – fuzzed out, summertime garage surf, if you’re one for descriptive adjectives.

They’re pretty new to the Orlando show scene so I have yet to catch them live. As their Bandcamp only hosts two songs, I’m excited to see what else they have up their sleeves. Catch them next this Friday, February 3rd at Will’s Pub in Orlando.


Shannon & The Clams – “Troublemaker”

Suede Dudes Split Tape

Lauren & Bryan – “He’s A Doll”


Florida Spotlight: The Gun Hoes

January 21, 2012

Hello all! I’ve taken a long break from writing about music, but I recently acquired an awesome new record player and I’ve gone mad with vinyl fever. A limited-edition whore, if you will. I’ve also been collecting records and cassettes from local bands for awhile now and have been sifting through all the demos I’ve picked up over the past year or so.  Last night I was the fan-girl that listened to the band’s CD on the way home from the concert, and I just can’t hold the word in about these south Florida boys in any longer!

World, meet The Gun Hoes from Hollyweird, FL. We (Wet Nurse) just played with them last night at Uncle Lou’s, and if you weren’t there you missed out! We last played with them in Miami on tour this past August @ Churchill’s and it was awesome to see them again. They’ve been building up a lot of buzz and have gotten on some great shows. I am so happy for them! Just take a listen to the album! It’s so happy and fuzzy and poppy and raw. Their live show is just as amazing and you can’t help but get up and move.

Also, “Rawhide” is a free download on their Bandcamp, so go snag it!

Wet Nurse in Orlando Music News

February 7, 2011

Hello again!

My last post let you know of some great local music blogs/zines what have you, but in the meantime, Orlando Music News has sprung up!

Editor Jason Ferguson was gracious enough to bestow Band of the Week honors to Wet Nurse, and we couldn’t be more honored.

Check out the review and short interview with guitarist Nina Chaplin here:

Check out an MP3 of “Brain Arcade” from the upcoming Wet Nurse EP cassette release!

Enjoy! Come out and see the nurses at the Jernigan Post Show @ Will’s Pub on 2/11 at 9 pm! A.K.A. our cassette release show!

now that i think about it…

January 7, 2011

It seems like since this blog’s creation in early 2010 there have been several great sites that are now covering local music! Amazing!

Check these out for Orlando/Central Florida coverage. I myself will most likely be blogging for Wet Nurse from now on as we are working on new music and getting ready to release an EP! Epic win.

But I digress. On to the blogs!

Kick Bright Zine
Kisses & Noise
Florida Music Blog

Plus all the insider scoop @ the Weekly (Orlando) and Reax (Tampa). I think you all will find your fix satiated quite nicely.

Enjoy 2011, droogies!


iO is back!

January 3, 2011

It’s been a while, Orlando music fans!
Life has taken iO on a few scattered directions and I am finally settled enough to be able to dedicate a little more time to the blog in 2011.

As the new drummer for Wet Nurse I have been (even moreso) immersed in the local scene and can honestly say Orlando is poised for great things. We just recorded our debut EP with Artie Burer (of Fever, Loud Valley and Wilbur, just to name a few) and I am so excited to share it with the world. There are also new releases on the way from The Pauses and Telethon, and the free shows popping up at Lou’s, Will’s and Hoops are keeping weeknights alive.

So keep it here to keep track of what’s going on in Orlando and beyond!


Oceana in the Studio

February 2, 2010

Accomplished photographer Gage Young recently captured Oceana‘s time in the studio recording their upcoming EP at Glow in the Dark studios in Atlanta, GA. The photographs are stunning, so be sure to check out the full set at his tumblr blog. He also tweeted their progress along the way @GageYoung, letting fans know that the “Oceana ep is coming along beautifully” on January 28th. The entire record was written on three weeks notice and was helmed by super producer of several successful local bands, Matt Goldman (Underoath, Copeland, Anberlin).

The post-hardcore band from St. Petersburg, FL actually announced a hiatus in the summer of last year after two albums and countless lineup changes. It is great to see that they have regrouped a third time and are back with a veangance. In November, the band posted a blog on their MySpace page:

“After a few months of thought and ton of discussions, we (Denny, Jack, Brennan) have decided to bring our true love back to life. Rob and Alex have decided to take a different route on the road of life and we support them in their decisions and are still best friends with no hard feelings. With these losses, we would love to welcome our newest member of the OCEANA family – our new bassist (Kolby Cridder.) So for all of you who are fans new or old, thank you for your continued support during our broken up period of time. We Love you all and hope to see you soon.”

A full slate of nationwide tour dates has been scheduled through March, and the guys will have plenty of new material to test out on captive audiences. Their previous records were lush with layered textures, breakdowns and ambient sound beds, so it will be interesting to hear what represents the vision of the latest Oceana incarnation.

“The Family Disease” (Download MP3)
from Birth.Eater


Introducing: Fiancée

February 1, 2010

Back to basics.

Six guys from remote Missoula, Montana + jangly guitars + a whole lot to say = Fiancée. In catching up with drummer Tanner Benson I learned of his new band and was blown away by the sound. The jam band aesthetic is punctuated by steel guitars and hand drums, providing vocalist Skyler Bridges with ample space to explore musings on life and love.

Listen: 3 tracks up on the band’s MySpace

Sounds Like: Cage the Elephant

Check out the video for “.45”

From the band:
“Hello, boils and ghouls. Just letting everybody know we have completed tracking a grip of songs with super-producer and great friend, Benjamin AK Eddy. Look for a few of these songs to be on the internet shortly, and a yet-to-be-titled record for sale on a website near you.”

Watch out for these guys in 2010! You heard it here first.


News ‘n Shows

January 14, 2010

Back in action on a Thursday!

Tiesto Feat. Tegan and Sara video released!
“Feel It In My Bones” is amazing with the Quin twins’ vocals, and the video is just as trippy. I am in lust all over again.

T-Mobile in Trouble
Enjoy your ringback tones while you can, as T-Mobile may be forced to pull the plug on the popular service. Performing rights society BMI has brought them under fire for alleged copyright infringement, according to Film Music Magazine. BMI claims that they tried to arrange licensing agreements with the cell phone giant for many years but that none ever materialized. The other major carriers have all negotiated terms for their ringback tone programs and are not named in the lawsuit. We’ll see how this one unfolds…

New M.I.A. album in the works
The Twittosphere was aflutter a few days ago with the release of a new song/video on M.I.A.’s twitter page. “Space Odyssey,” allegedly an attack on the New York Times, is a cut off of her highly anticipated new album, due out this summer.


January 26
Parafora Presents! Party @BackBooth – $8/$10 – 8 pm – 18+
The Tenant, Surfer Blood, Basements of Florida, Yip Yip, Monotonix
DJ Set by Waxfang

Parafora Presents is celebrating their third anniversary, and will be doing it in style! This lineup is insane and it is shaping up to be a hot event. Get your tickets @ Mother Falcon Clothing in Thornton Park for $5 until tomorrow!

February 9
Cold Cave @BackBooth – $6/$8 – 8pm – 18+
w/ Nite Jewel, Technobox, Emily Reo

Former Give Up The Ghost frontman Wes Eisold has emerged from his cave, no pun intended, and will be embarking on a full tour with new side-project-turned-main-event Cold Cave. Be there!

February 11
Take Action! Tour @ House of Blues – $12.65/$15.35 – 6 pm – All Ages
We The Kings, Mayday Parade, There For Tomorrow, Rocket to the Moon, Call the Cops

iO blog will be covering this event and interviewing the bands. Sure to be a great time, and 10% of all ticket sales benefit 13-year-old Patrick Pedraja and his amazing charity, Driving for Donations!


I have edited the Mariah Carey video, and it is funny, but I think the public uproar over her drunkenness has subsided. I’ll wait until she strikes again and break it out.

New and Love

January 6, 2010

Another bitterly cold day in Florida. Yes, actual and scientifically measurable cold, not just “Florida cold.” It’s 32 degrees outside!

I first experienced John Paul Ramos at his good friend and self-described shake-a-billy singer-songwriter Rachel Goodrich‘s show @BackBooth on December 27th. (Check out Rachel’s video for “Light Bulb” and be amazed!) According to his sister and keyboardist, Camillie, the band had only practiced a total of 7 or 8 times in order to get ready for their last-minute show addition, with help from a few other well-known local musicians. Peter Baldwin provided back-up vocals, and Kevin Cash of Mirror Pal (fresh off of playing with his main project the night before in the same venue) showcased his prog-pop guitar prowess. They handled a Daft Punk cover with ease, and their original material was surprisingly catchy and melodic for only having been written a few weeks prior. The talented bunch do not have any recorded material just yet, but a YouTube video of their closing number, “Juventud,” has surfaced to give you a taste of their sunny Latin-infused, indie dance-rock.

Nada Surf will be back with a new covers album “if i had a hi-fi” on March 25th and a slew of North American and European tour dates… Of course there is no stop for us here in the vast cultural wasteland that is Orlando, which should be disappointing but is to be expected. New York City gets three consecutive dates, each one featuring a different NS album IN FULL! Those jerks. The band will tackle gems from a range of classic artists, including the Moody Blues, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush and more.

I shall celebrate from my own little corner of the world with a classic jam that brings me back to memories of my college roommate and our tiny apartment. Aw, fuck it. I’m gonna have a party!

Nada Surf “Blankest Year” (Download MP3) off The Weight is a Gift


The Tenant EP Release Show 12.26.09

January 2, 2010

Backbooth recently played host to the EP/7″ release party for The Tenant, and I was happy to see the place packed. Not to be confused with the crappy feature film shot locally in Orlando, the musical Tenant brings together just the right elements of Summerbirds and Orlando’s Bananafish in as close to a super-group as Orlando may soon experience. (Montreal’s band of the same name is also established, so we’ll see who gets to keep the name.)

Only their second show in support of the new music, everyone was itching to see the new tracks played live, as well as pick up one of the 1000 freshly pressed, limited release copies of their “Is Listening” EP and “Visitors” 7″ set. (Get yours locally at Park Ave CDs or online while they last.)

Track Listing

“Is Listening” EP
1. The Stranger
2. Trouble
3. Suspicion Breeds Confidence
4. You Should Hear Yourself
5. Death Pops By On Important Business From Above
6. My Unspoken Name

Visitors 7″
1. Visitors
2. Incantation (One)

For those who many not be vinyl connoisseurs, the 7″ has an MP3 coupon inside, as has become pretty standard with most new vinyl. The tracks are airy and relatively upbeat for local bartender, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brad Register. If you have yet to experience their ethereal live show, take a listen on the bands MySpace and join the legions of locals already firmly planted on the bandwagon.