Roadkill Ghost Choir brings its folk-rock sound to 1982
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:39 p.m.
When you think of meccas for new music in the U.S., Florida is usually toward the bottom of the list; but this is changing quickly. With the rapid rise of local acts like Hundred Waters and Levek, along with Orlando's Day Joy and Mud Flappers, this country's critics are now forced to take this region much more seriously. In addition to all the previously listed bands, one more needs to be added: DeLand's Roadkill Ghost Choir.
Lush and textured, their five-song EP, "Quiet Light," is just that; quiet and colorful. In the intersection of Americana and space rock, Roadkill takes the listener to another realm of subtle melancholy.
Roadkill Ghost Choir has finished what Fleet Foxes started with their 2008 self-titled debut album and improved on it tenfold, making the whole experience both personal and objective; and even the similarities between the two albums in tone and production are washed away within the first few seconds of the second track on "Quiet Light," "Drifter," creating a whole new-but-familiar sounding band. Do yourself a huge favor and see them live because although the recordings sound great, they pale in comparison to Roadkill Ghost Choir's live performances.
The opportunity to see them comes Wednesday, when they play with Orlando space-folk rockers Day Joy, local alt-rockers Burned Down Houses and local two-piece experimentalists Half Undressed at 1982, starting at 9 p.m.
Orlando singer/songwriter Chris McCarty performs tonight at the second annual Heartbreakers Ball along with Barstool Prophets and The Prenups, starting at 9:30 p.m. at High Dive.
Surf-punks Waylon Thornton and The Heavy Hands play with local rock 'n' rollers The Ex-Boogeymen, Tallahassee's Girls on Film and Orlando's acid-punk enthusiasts Room Full of Strangers on Friday at The Atlantic, starting at 10 p.m.
Indie rockers Five Eight have hit the road from Athens, Ga., to perform with Squeaky and Easter Island on Friday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.
Post-emo pioneer Geoff Rickley, formerly of Thursday, plays with Vinnie Caruna of Movielife as part of the Warped Tour Acoustic on Saturday at High Dive, starting at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, local hip-hoppers Messenger & DJ Robzilla perform with Murs, Prof and Fashawn at High Dive, starting at 8 p.m.
Church Whip holds its record release party at The Atlantic along with a performance by Ectoplasm on Monday, starting at 10 p.m.
Ultra Skull performs with Meme Ennemis, Dungeons & Dagrons and Daggerz at High Dive on Tuesday, starting at 9 p.m.
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