Jul 1 2014
While the birthplaces of grunge and punk are located a couple of decades apart, they coexist like good neighbors on the same block at Grungefest. Judging by the support that Stereo-Type is getting from the bands that want to play and the fans that want to listen, the neighborhood is thriving. Grungefest is set to emerge as a premier showcase for local grunge and punk influenced music.
Side Note: In between sets we learned that we really suck at darts. There are just too many rules in this game for Rose. Why can’t we get points just for hitting something (anything) on the board and for NOT hitting innocent bystanders with our wayward throws and horrific aim? Rose should get extra points because everyone survived without severe puncture wounds. Now, let’s get back to the real reason we’re here … our opinion of the show …
Will, Sam and Jackson have blended a variety of styles to create really interesting music that we can’t quite describe. We went to their BandPage at www.facebook.com/apolloradioband to hear more. There we found; “Elephant Man” a song with a decidedly funk feel to it – kind of Chili Pepper-esque if you will; “At Home” – a song with a nice bass lead-in, and a style alternating between punk, grunge, and funk; “Girl in the Water” – sort of retro late 60′s psychedelic rock with a slow intriguing pace, then a quick pick up at the end; “Day Life” is just totally different … like jazzy dinner music in a classy restaurant and served up very well. Apollo Radio’s diversity makes them truly different from the rest of the local scene. This is definitely a band to keep your eye on.
0000 ON TO OMAHA 0000
On To Omaha came to life in February of this year. Grungefest was their first performance and they made a big impression on Rose and everyone else that night. While there is no grunge or punk feel here, this new band has a good solid sound and catchy lyrics that makes you want to hear more. They have released one single to date, “Reckless Ambition”, which you can check out on YouTube and Bandcamp, and they currently have an EP in the works to be released in late 2014. Prior to the show, Rose just had to ask the silly question – “Why On To Omaha, if the band is from Orlando?” to which they replied, “What’s the difference, you can rock wherever!” We can’t argue with that.
On To Omaha is: Vocals – Lawrence Gamble; Guitar – Evan Cain; Guitar – Chris Vis; Bass – Robert Talon; and Drums – Joe Rizkallah. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ontoomaha for more info and upcoming shows.
Vapid brought the grunge to last weekend’s fest. Vapid is true to their name with a low key stage presence and music that reflects some of the best elements from the 90′s Seattle scene, but with a metal edge that delivers a powerful sound all their own. Their set included their original songs as well as a nicely done cover of Nirvana’s “Breed”. We are finding it hard to believe that it’s taken us this long to catch on to Vapid. We had to learn more, so we checked out their CD “Late Night Blood Pressure Medicine” at http://www.reverbnation.com/p/1PscEQ and had to get a copy. Rose’s picks: “Pleasure from Pain” and “Sun Soaked Shadow”.
Akazia is an Orlando based 5-piece rock band fronted by the very energetic Hannah Siegel, who incidentally has written all the lyrics for their songs. For a band that has been in existence less than a year, Akazia is stirring up a lot of attention. If you haven’t heard about them yet, you will very soon. They were selected “Band of the Month’ in June by OrlandoBands.com, and have a really promising shot at a spot in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. Check them out at www.akaziaband.com and show your support by visiting the Ernie Ball Warped Tour Battle of the Bands site and casting a vote for Akazia at http://warped.battleofthebands.com/u/Akazia
While Vapid brought the grunge, Shut Up Lita definitely brought the punk to the show. A combination of three girls and a guy, they rock out good old punk tunes with an updated attitude. If we could take them back in time, we picture Shut Up Lita at CBGB’s (the birthplace of punk) opening for the likes of the Ramones or Joan Jett. If you fancy this scene, you’ve got to pay attention to Shut Up Lita. We picked up a copy of their recently released EP, and have been listening to it all week. (hmmm… we feel an EP review in the works here) Shut Up Lita music is on http://www.reverbnation.com/shutuplita
This is the band that you’d want to book for your wedding reception!! NOT!! Unless your intention is to piss off your new in-laws and give aunt Millie heart failure. What The Abortion Twins is… is punk music with some hilariously twisted lyrics. In classic punk fashion everyone gets slammed, even that all-American, squeaky clean good guy Uncle Joey (aka Dave Coulier). The Abortion Twins most assuredly will add life to any show. Dan even joined Stereo-Type for a surprise cover of Chris Issak’s “Wicked Game”. They will be touring all over Florida in July with the Funk As Puck Tour. Check out the dates and locations here: https://www.facebook.com/FunkasPucktour
oooo Stereo-Type oooo
Cheers to the hosts of Grungefest! Stereo-Type’s set was full of energy, fun, great music and some very creative change ups and covers. Stay tuned for our follow-up interview post with Vincent Victor Oath where we had a chance to chat about his inspiration for Grungefest and upcoming events for Stereo-Type. In the meantime, take a look back at our review of Stereo-Type’s demo posted on April 11, 2014.
It does our rotten little heart good to see that the grunge and punk scenes are alive and well. Kudos to Grungefest for also including some funk infused and pop-core bands in the circle. The combination of bands made a great show. Grungefest is back with another incredible line up on July 26th at Tampa’s Brass Mug.