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This Little Underground: The Solillaquists of Sound’s legacy

Jessy Lynn Martens on ‘Archer,’ the Falcon Soundraiser, Audiotourism

Photo: Photo by Christoper Garcia, License: N/A

Photo by Christoper Garcia

Solillaquists of Sound

Bottom line, Solillaquists of Sound work their asses off on both their art and their business, all while preserving their noble ethos and local heart. They did it, and they did it the right way. That’s something both they and we can be immensely proud of.

That night on the other side of Lake Eola was another local-minded drive, this one to add a small live venue – The Falcon – permanently to our nightscape. I love this art bar. It’s got downtown centrality minus the inconvenience and bro factor. It’s got the Thornton Park neighborhood charm, only way cooler. Like Lil Indies, it’s low-key but warm and music-forward. It stands for the right things and knows what’s good.

That’s why their Soundraiser series – the three-month drive of shows to raise funds for a PA I mentioned last week – is so worthwhile. More live shows always need to be happening. Now, after having just seen one here, I can’t think of a better intimate venue to add than this. So seriously consider checking out one or all of these Soundraisers – happening every other Saturday – and donating to the cause.

The series opener featured newcomer Audiotourism, whose guitarist, Stephen Henry Howard, hatched the fundraising initiative. They sound like a new band but one with ideas, taste and promise. They’re an instrumental duo comprised of three primary ingredients: drums, guitar and an arsenal of pedals. That last one is practically a member unto itself, allowing them to span epic, chewy post-rock to noisy ’90s indie rock. And they’re a band worth watching.

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