Flashlights, Zap Dragon & The Attack

Flashlights

They tour in a van and sleep on couches. They have a strange affinity for cats and Pokemon. They’re called Flashlights and they are a rather spectacular band from the decidedly unspectacular Brevard County, Florida. What began as a solo acoustic project for 24-year-old singer/guitarist Terry Caudill in 2007 has added various members from the local punk scene before settling on their current lineup of Tony Oriza on guitar, Will Powell on bass and Melissa Hopkins on drums.

They made a pretty good record in 2011 called I’m Not Alone and now they’ve just finished a new one. It’s called Bummer Summer and it’s even better. Produced by Scott Hutchison and Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit, it’s full of songs about dead end jobs and lousy living conditions, heartbreaks and hangovers. And, of course, there are also songs about cats.

Creaky and hissy, you would be forgiven for confusing it with early Archers of Loaf, Superchunk or Built to Spill. Caudill’s voice has been favorably compared to the likes of Lou Barlow and Jeff Mangum. Bummer Summer lives up to its name but it also manages to find hilarity in humility and beauty in the bleak.

As far as expectations for the band and for this album, Caudill sums it up as such: “I want the listener to feel like they’re eating candy. Instead, they’re eating old, used parts from a machine that separates colored clothes from white clothes. I want the success that comes with ‘Chinese take-out’ being taken seriously on our rider. And most of all, I want people knocking on my door asking me if this is where Shaft lives.”

Bummer Summer is out Summer 2014 on Hard Rock Records and the band will be taking to the highway this autumn with a tour of the Midwest and Southeast before heading to New York City to participate for the first time in this year’s CMJ Music Festival. The band will release a 7” vinyl single and video for the track “Blue Dream” and will be selling limited edition vinyl copies of the album while on the road. Even Grumpy Cat would totally approve.

Zap Dragon & The Attack

"Trust me, I understand the hardship of having an odd name. And not that rock music necessarily maintains seriousness as a requisite, but having a band moniker like Zap Dragon & the Attack (June 1, Will's Pub) makes things hard for you before you play a single note. I'm probably not the only one to ever wonder how this Orlando combo can possibly ...be good enough to overcome such a silly name. It's a reasonable question. Then again, it all depends on what you're going for. But it turns out they're not some sort of comic-nerd band at all. In fact, their deal is a shiny, skipping ball of jaunty rock, folk twangs and pop hooks that's cloyingly peppy. They're often a little south of goofy,but their sweet guilelessness has much more traction and potential when they slow things down and dial it in. Their melodies breathe deeper and their heart beats louder. That's when their set hit moments of clarity. And it's where their hope lies." -Bao Le-Huu

Fast Preacher

Orlando trio fronted by Daniel Hanson dedicated to delivering the soul of rock n roll, quickly.
From Under the Rock: Fast Preacher By Ty Wright
"Daniel Hanson ran into a problem when he realized that all though he could play drums, bass and guitar for a Fast Preacher recording, it would be nearly impossible for him to play them all at the same time for a live performance.
In what started off as a solo project, Fast Preacher has grown into a trio of old high school friends — Hanson (guitar), Chris McCallister (bass) and Nicholas James (drums); all who provide vocals of some sort."

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