Tanqueray’s // Orlando, FL // Nov. 11, 2009
Day one of the fifth-annual Anti Pop Festival brought a stellar lineup of Orlando bands to Tanqueray’s in downtown.
The folk-flavored experimental electronica of the duo Synecdoche started the night off. Singer/songwriter Sven Arvid Tadhg used a violin bow to coax an ethereal wail from his Gibson, while on other songs he played a limited-edition Ovation 2078T to get just the right sound.
Next up was Lost Time Accident. The full-throttle, modern rock sounds of the four-piece band vibrated throughout the small room, adding another dimension to their music. Guitarist Eric Bass seemed a bit bottled up in his small space as the band blasted through a mix of songs from their EP, The Pseudo-town Square, as well as some new ones.
Dagnese followed. The confines of an acoustic set hardly hampered them as the three-piece band played a high-energy set of pop/rock crowd favorites. Lead vocalist Chris D’Agnese was very animated between songs telling the stories behind them, about their search for a drummer, and talking about the upcoming premier of the video for “Come Over After.”
Next up was an acoustic set by Christian Wilson accompanied by Michael Rollo on the djembe. The singer-songwriter has a long history here in Orlando, so aside from playing his solo songs, he also performed some from the various bands he’s been in. “This is a song from another band I was in forever,” he said, talking about Still Naïve. “We did really good for about a minute.”
James Boyd Band
James Boyd and Eric Fay closed out the evening with a duo acoustic set. Since most of the crowd was familiar with their music, they chose to play some newer as-yet-unrecorded songs as well as some more obscure songs from their back catalogue – most of which included some rocking jams. They were joined by Sam Stone (Exit The Ride) for “Something To Live For” from their self-titled CD.