THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Sick of the ‘90s
yet? That decade’s style is omnipresent these days. I heard JNCO jeans
are even making a little comeback or some shit like that. Good lord.
But, though I may be a little sick of typing that number from all these acts I’ve been seeing of late, I’m not over hearing those nostalgic sounds quite yet. Regarding indie rock specifically, a field currently saturated with revivalism,
it so happens that a lot of it is good with bands like Bully, Waxahatchee, Swearin’
and Potty Mouth
on the scene.
Well, the steady rise of Tancred,
the brainchild of singer-guitarist Jess Abbott, to join these new-school leaders of the old school is just about to make a big, certified leap with the upcoming Apr. 1 release of their muscular, realized new album
(Out of the Garden
). Anyone who picked it up at the merch table at their recent Orlando debut
(Mar. 21, The Social) knows what I’m talking about. In addition to being issued on the cred-packed Polyvinyl
label, the record also boasts the production hands of Anna Waronker (That Dog
) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross/Off!
Tancred's Out of the Garden (Polyvinyl)
At the show, Tancred was a little out of step with the rest of the bill, which was heavy on the feels
with emo-leaning bands like Foxing
But in a tight, beefy 30 minutes on stage, Abbott’s trio proved its worth as probably the most notable upstart
right now on the bill, even if they were third on the marquee. Exactly like the new album, Tancred’s live pulse is a cranked drive
that delivers a well-tuned combo of powerful, chewy guitars and sweetly skewed melody. And for fans of the final wave of real alternative rock
before that term lost all meaning (and legitimacy), Tancred is manna.
This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly's music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city's music scene.
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