Welcome to Orlando Weekly
's "Band of the Week
." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you Flashlights
Flashlights are playing Will's Pub on Dec. 3 with Expert Timing and Deadaires.
Just the facts:
When did the band form?
The band formed circa 2008 with me (Terry) making songs on a digital four-track recorder. But, our current line-up has been the same since 2014.
Who's in the band?
Terry Caudill - Guitar / Vocals
Ian Turner Sanders - Guitar
William Powell - Bass
Melissa Hopkins - Drums
Currently available releases:
Our release from 2016 NO LOVE
is available on Bandcamp. You can find our other records on that site as well.
Describe your sound in five words:
We are a rock band.
What has been your most memorable show so far?
That would probably be in Dallas, Texas on my birthday of 2015 I think? It was at some bar and I could tell it was going to be a strange show when I received word that the booker/venue requested us to play two 1-hour sets. I hate playing more than 30 minutes but, two hours?! Anyway, we get there and it looks like an Applebee's with a small stage. We found our flyer behind some random wall of a passageway which was completely out of sight. There were about 7 people there but they were not expecting us to show up and had their backs to us the whole night. So, about 45 minutes into our set, we were told to just go ahead and stop playing and we won’t be getting paid. I can’t remember the venue’s name. I kinda wish I did now.
Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
The 4J’s for sure. They are an INCREDIBLE band. All their songs are original and they put on the best live shows I’ve ever seen
from a local group. You can tell how much they love playing music through their energy and how tight they all play together. The drummer especially is probably the best drummer in Central Florida. He never misses a beat.
What description gets used for your band that you would most
like to correct people on? Why?
When someone’s giving me their opinion on our music, I don’t care to correct anyone on what they think we sound like. This is America baby.
What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What's your least favorite? Why?
My favorite thing is the weather for sure. I do not like snow one bit. Not one bit. My least favorite thing are the lack of 24-hour skate parks.
Any big news to share?
We are all working in other bands and stuff so do your research. But, we’ll be playing for the first time in well over a year in Orlando. So, don’t miss it.