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This Little Underground: No Qualms’ swan song

The Falcon Soundraiser, Gross, Jackson Rodgers, Jim Seem

Photo: Phot by Ashley Belanger, License: N/A

Phot by Ashley Belanger

Jackson Rodgers

While Gross got the bodies whipping early, once No Qualms plugged in, they started flying through the air and around the room in a riot spell that no other local hardcore band in recent history seems to be able to match. And by a quarter till midnight, it was done. A room that was just trembling with physical heat and violence became a desert in a matter of minutes. And though it was a fittingly punk exit, I was left seemingly alone in rue over the fact that this was it. But at least they leave an epitaph forged in the hottest fire of live intensity. Farewell, boys, and thanks for the burn.

In the spirit of a new year, I checked out some musicians I knew practically nothing about (Jan. 4, Orlando Brewing). Daytona opener Jim Seem did the acoustic guy thing with the kind of David Gray soul that your mom would love. But the American twang of local Jackson Rodgers stood out. Backed on electric lead guitar and mandolin by his multi-instrumentalist father (Forest Rodgers), who added welcome depth and dimension to the music, he played a nice set of wide-swinging roots rock with very natural melodies that could sit on the same porch alongside Austin Lucas’ sweet country gospel. With songs this good, this is definitely a guy who shouldn’t be strumming away in obscurity. No, this is music that should be punched up, filled out and presented to more serious Americana crowds.

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