Zap Dragon, Holy Human, Cosmic Roots Collective

Zap Dragon

Holy Human

Cosmic Roots Collective

Sat, August 19, 2017

9:00 pm

Lil' Indies

Orlando, FL

Free

This event is 21 and over

Zap Dragon
Zap Dragon
"Trust me, I understand the hardship of having an odd name. And not that rock music necessarily maintains seriousness as a requisite, but having a band moniker like Zap Dragon & the Attack makes things hard for you before you play a single note. I'm probably not the only one to ever wonder how this Orlando combo can possibly ...be good enough to overcome such a silly name. It's a reasonable question. Then again, it all depends on what you're going for. But it turns out they're not some sort of comic-nerd band at all. In fact, their deal is a shiny, skipping ball of jaunty rock, folk twangs and pop hooks that's cloyingly peppy. They're often a little south of goofy,but their sweet guilelessness has much more traction and potential when they slow things down and dial it in. Their melodies breathe deeper and their heart beats louder. That's when their set hit moments of clarity. And it's where their hope lies." -Bao Le-Huu
Holy Human
Holy Human
Matt Wall - Vocals and Guitar
Matthew Aubertin - Keys and Synth
Woody Moore - Drums
Mark Murray - Guitar and Vocals
Anthony Santisi - Bass
Cosmic Roots Collective
Cosmic Roots Collective
Wheeler Newman and the Cosmic Roots Collective is an Orlando, FL-based band consisting of Wheeler Newman (guitar, lead vocals), Ronnie Brannan (bass, vocals) and Paul Mauceri (drums, vocals).

The CRC's sound has evolved since the band's inception in 2014. The songs from the first album Poor & Happy feature acoustic guitar and have a country rock/gospel evangelical vibe, like Gram Parsons, Elliott Smith, the Staple Singers, and Uncle Tupelo mixed together. While the "cosmic" is definitely still part of the stew, the recent material has taken on new varieties and dimensions. The electric guitar is more prevalent, the tunes don't conform to classic song structure as much, new sounds are being introduced, such as the Moog synthesizer (which Wheeler built himself while working at the Moog factory when he lived in Asheville, NC), and odd time signatures are starting to pop up more regularly. Psychedelic and progressive rock influences have entered the mix, with hints of Krautrock and electronica as well. The band is in the middle of recording the follow-up to Poor & Happy (title tbd) and have released a single from it, “Big Hand.” In the meantime, they plan to continue hitting the Orlando/Central Florida music scene.
Venue Information:
Lil' Indies
1036 N. Mills Ave
Orlando, FL, 32803