This Little Underground
Bao Le-Huu takes on Christopher Bell, Jane Jane Pollock, Black Cloud and the Wooly Bushmen and brings news of local venue shifts
Published: June 23, 2011
Also playing was Tallahassee's Black Cloud, who bill themselves as "swamp-surf psychedelia." But, in their first Orlando appearance, they were more of a good, straightforward '60s rock & roll band. The first thought you have is, yeah, you've heard this before. But a nanosecond later, you're swept up in it. Hearty, tuneful and a little unleashed, these guys have the stuff to kick up a sweaty dance party. They also prove that punks aren't the only ones with modern-day dibs on garage rock and dusting it off with justice.
A case in point is Orlando trio the Woolly Bushmen (June 12, Will's Pub), another good rock & roll band that does frat rock with skill and spark. And by "frat rock," I strictly mean the original early '60s kind, and not any other, more modern connotation whatsoever. They, too, do the garage thing in a way that opts for traditional fidelity over punk revisionism. And they channel it into party-starting, boogie-down workouts. The latter part of their set even showed some hints of deeper psychedelic possibilities.
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