FMF'NF: The Next

Wynn_bros_fmf2006Due to an earlier video shoot, I didn't get downtown until about 10:30, just in time to see Nashville-based outfit Last Train Home, who were a fantastic break from the same-old radio-ready-rock that most of the bands were pushing.

The Wynn Brothers tore it up with a beautiful set, tight and soulful - they were well-received by their plentiful friends and fans as well as the pre-Mofro crowd, quite a win-win situation.  This is a band that is going places.

Scootin' around town, running into old friends, collecting some new music, catching the buzz about Black River Nightmare, Social Ghost,  Heavy Mojo  and  Telefiction, a group featuring former Boxelder drummer Pat Boggs and The Yoko Theory's Henri Lemaire.  Missed 'em all.  It sucks to be me.

Tell you what I did see that moved my soul (because there was plenty that didn't), Matt Mackelcan, what's it - he's like, a computer engineer or something, and then he grabs a guitar and jams like Dave Matthews. Mofro, nuff sed.  Murphy Project at the Social, rather enjoyable, technical glitches and all.

Cowboy_slashers_fmf2006_1But for me, the band of the evening was Country Slashers at the Back Booth.  There was some twang in their stomp but it was mainly of a punk vibe and it was a nice reminder that balls-out rock 'n' roll was still alive in the hearts of some.  I saw Bao up in the balcony for this show and he looked like he was having a good time.  Besides, I believe that's one of the shows on his list.  So my question to Bao is, did you make all of those shows?  If you did, this is potentially a great story.

I ran into one of my production assistants down there, Susan White, and she comes from the New York market, which is way the hell more competitive than here in central Florida.  She couldn't believe that half of the bands that were on-stage were even allowed to play, and I agree.  While there were top-flight acts all around, there were a few bands that left me standing there in full WTF? mode.  Surely there were some more local bands that would've lit that place up.  But they didn't fit the "type", apparently.  One ass-kicking performer in particular, no names mentioned, said that she had been rejected as a FMF participant because she didn't write her own songs.  Now, I've known the performette in question for a number of years and seen her develop as an artist, so I can vouch for a fact that she does, indeed, write her own material.  What the beef was, no one is the knowing, so it's one of those dangling "huh" moments.  Festival's over.  Back to status quo.  Pay as you go, pay as you go.


Dsc00018The buzz was that Friday was the night to  hit FMF2006, if you had to choose.  Choosing is a constant state of mind here, with fifteen bands playing at any given time, so the buzz is what you follow (until that third or fourth Jager shot, and then the buzz follows you.)

It wasn't as crowded as I thought it'd be, though the areas around some of the smaller clubs with buzz-bands like Band Marino, Dear + Glorious Physician and The Why Nots were difficult to navigate.  Here, the murmur's began:  "Hey, there's a really good band over at" such and such a place.  Hear a few of those floating in the air, especially about a certain band, and you're apt to head off in that direction.   How do you know if you chose wisely?  When you walk up to a venue with a sea of people in front of it and inquire what is the dealio and they respond with huge grins and flushed faces "those guys were really good." Fock!  I hate when that happens.  Happened last night.  Twice.  But I made some worthwhile choices as well.  Dirty Shannon, The X's, Obsession Day, Big 10-4 (pictured) all good, a lot of the other bands I've seen, so it was "new school" night.  A good portion of the music all sounded the same; which got sort of annoying after awhile and I wasn't the only one thinking that.

Doorway27It was also "old school" night; a little like a high-school reunion.  Every ten steps or so I was seeing familiar faces from the familiar circles that we've maintained in Central Florida and I must say, we're aging well.  Must be the benefits of living on a peninsula with all of that fresh air.  Max Fraser and Bryan Wuhlust from Doorway 27 are bros that go way back - we've played many a show together and partied many nights away - cripes, it's been eight years or so since I met those cats.  Time doesn't just fly when you're having fun.  It afterburns.  Their other two bandmates, Angel Lozada and Chris "Captain Colors" Cartrett had already headed back to West Palm Beach after their mini-Roots Music Incorporated set on Thursday night with The Burnin' Smyrnans and Boxelder.  Cartrett had slipped me some songs back in the fall of last year that have ended up on a new disc entitled The Rescue Effect which they laid on me last night.  I haven't listened to the CD yet, but the album art alone is truly "cutting edge."  You'll get the joke when you see the surprise inside.

Tonight should be fun - The Wynn Brothers are going to be on the Wall Street Plaza stage at 11:30 pm.  These guys are a total show and are also sporting a brand new release that's called Feel The Good, the title track of which is now loaded into our Ear Bud Jukebox.  

The Wynn Brothers - Feel the Good

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Soorya Arsala, Orlando CityBeat's local CD reviewer.