This Little Underground
Our live music columnist discusses Father/Daughter Records, Me Chinese and the Chewies, and Roadkill Ghost Choir
Published: May 8, 2013
Area video artist Broken Machine Films recently presented Miami experimental legend Dino Felipe (May 4, Uncle Lou’s). Though his reputation is legitimately freaky, his band, This Heart Electric, delivered a pretty legible punk set with garage and psych leanings.
But the bigger deal, really, was Me Chinese and the Chewies, a bit of an all-star Orlando trio featuring members of Telethon, Thee Wilt Chamberlain and Billy. Soaked in reverb, pumping organs and acid-kissed sunshine, their psychedelic rock, though rough, featured some bright songwriting. Good enough, in fact, for me to want to see more of them.
Speaking of quality local talent, I couldn’t be prouder to see the groundswell of support for Roadkill Ghost Choir. They’ve been rocking the major festival circuit and doing serious touring with way-legit bands like Band of Horses and Dead Confederate, with whom they recently played here before a packed house (May 2, Will’s Pub). And I’m not at all surprised. I’m pretty sure I was the first to write about them only weeks into their life as a band. Even then, the magic was already evident, and I said so. But countless things can thwart even the seemingly inevitable, so I’m especially excited that it’s really happening for them because they are the real damn deal.
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