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This Little Underground: FMF gets more local

Country Covers debuts at Will’s Pub, the Glorious Rebellion

Photo: Photo BY James Dechert, License: N/A

Photo BY James Dechert

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Orlando band the Glorious Rebellion held their own on an otherwise all-Austin metal bill alongside Destroyer of Light, Widower and Lions of Tsavo (April 21, Will’s Pub). They wear matching costumes that are a little contrived and make singer-guitarist Billy Myers III look like a negative of Alex from A Clockwork Orange. But don’t give in too much to the presumptions this presentation scheme might trigger because their music isn’t particularly gimmicky or bullshit. It’s dirt-grooved, noise-cranked hard rock that shoots straight and strong.

This recent rash of cover shows has been met with a mix of enthusiasm and exasperation. I understand the latter, but these local shows haven’t been the same river of typical career hackery that commonly runs through. These have been defined by smart locals doing tasteful and often educated selections. And it’s the kind of simple, approachable fun that maybe gets some people out to get their feet wet with legitimate local artists.

The latest entrant is Country Covers, a planned bi-monthly night that Will’s Pub recently debuted (April 24). The name pretty much nutshells what it’s all about. The roster will rotate but opening night’s cast was loaded with notables – from the city’s usual twang-minded suspects like Brian Chodorcoff, Bartender Brian, Johnny Knuckles, Jackson & Forest Rodgers, Sean Holcomb and Wheeler Newman to less obvious ones like the Woolly Bushmen. But the single constant member is the one to watch, and it’s that bottle of Jack onstage. He’s the one who’ll ensure it’ll be the kind of fun night where the wheels may just come off at some glorious point.

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