Score one for the women's team


Published: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 9:06 p.m.

Jan. 22 - Soul seduced grunge Friday night as years of Gainesville girl-rock culminated in redboy, the finest female-fronted flame The Shamrock has seen since Steph Taylor booked her flight to Berklee.

And these redboys just may burn hotter.

Driven by the persistent percussive guitar of respective earlier efforts Little Astronaut and Kate's Love, Maria Carter and Meredith McCall combine in a flash of say-it-like-you-mean-it rock, McCall's relaxed jazz approach tempering Carter's gritty guitar leads.

Add in the meticulously accurate rhythm duo of bassist Denise Burnsed and drummer T.J. Baker, augmented by overlays from classically trained violinist Anne Peters, and Gainesville's take on heartfelt acoustic hard rock covers all the bases.

Not bad for their first show.

Those keeping count may remember redboy's appearance at fall 2004's Gainesville Pride Festival, but the latest incarnation of the band was born just a week and a half ago, when Baker, formerly of Kate's Love, took the drums from Tobin Wagstaff.

And although Carter admitted she'd like her group's execution to be tighter (what musician wouldn't?), the Shamrock crowd of close to 100 didn't seem to mind. The corps of women in the front few rows knew the words to all of the songs, didn't hesitate to shout out requests and even let loose on vocalizing their enthusiasm for certain aspects of the female anatomy.

P.S., redboy will grace Gainesville's V.A.G.I.N.A. Fest Feb. 10.

As the night wore on and early alcohol wore off, the band turned introspective, Carter and McCall straddling stools in an acoustic face-off center stage, their vocal harmony floating atop an intimate atmosphere rife with sexual tension.

Then the frontwomen flexed their versatility, swapping guitars for bongos and guitars for more guitars as the band fickly shifted among the stadium rock of crowd favorite "Not Over," the rambunctiously flirty spoken-word of "Stupidest Girl in the World" and the jazzy Spanish-style seduction of "Evil Man."

No big deal.

What's next for redboy isn't completely clear. After appearing at V-Fest in February, the group heads down to Dade City March 12 for the Sawmill Spring Fling. Other dates are in the works but haven't been confirmed, including a show with Maxwell Edison expected for March or April.

As for playing opener to national act Tegan and Sarah, rumored to be en route to UF for Pride Awareness

Month, Carter kept her comment coy:

"I heard that rumor, too - I hope it comes true."

For the latest on redboy, including show dates and downloads, visit www.redboymusic.com.

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