by Bao Le-Huu
Round Eye at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)
Besides being the Asian analogue to gringo, Round Eye (Aug. 8, Will’s Pub) is also a band from Shanghai with a local tie via guitarist-vocalist Craig “Chachy” Englund of standout Orlando punk band Libyan Hit Squad. A model of good-natured extremity, their music is an arty collision of hardcore and jazz. Their unreasonable sound checking, however, was ridiculous for a punk band and inconsiderate to final touring band Daikaiju.
heY!ALLigator making everyone kneel at Will's Pub (photo by Ashley Belanger)
The last-minute addition – Atlanta’s heY!ALLigator (yes, stylized just like that) – probably would’ve fit in more over at the Orlando Nerd Fest happening the same weekend than this bill. But it’s good they arrived because they threw mad spice all over this show. In traditional hip-hop terms, they’re kind of terrible. But they’re neither traditional nor hip-hop. Splashed in excellently awful outfits, these two ladies dropped some dorky, outlandish and horned-up comedy rap. Like a freak show with lots of on-the-floor audience interaction, their performance was big on humor and entertainment. And it’s all powered by the fun of two chicks who seriously know how to let it all hang, confident in the belief that attitude will make up for any lapse in craft. I can relate.
Read more This Little Underground: