For some, the need for yet another rock band pushing the radio-friendly "Orlando sound" is questionable. But for those who connect with that sound -- moody guitars in full swing, pressing anger and subtle textures against a slow-burning grind; vocals that wrap almost-there poetry around guitar melody -- Sidecar's music and members fall genuinely close to the Orlando family tree.
One of Sidecar's founding members now departed from what started as a side project is Casey Daniel, who remains a full-time member of veterans Seven Mary Three. Another founding member is Paul Smith, who toured with Seven Mary Three after the release of "Orange Ave.," adding guitar and background vocals. But Smith never lost sight of what he wanted.
"I was kind of tired of being on the side," says Smith of his tenure with the nationally successful band. "Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to do this on a grand scale. With Seven Mary Three, I had a taste of that," says Smith.
After a series of lineup changes, Sidecar is secured with Smith, another founding member Jon Davis (vocals, guitar, songwriting), as well as drummer Matt Brown (formerly of Wellville and My Friend Steve) and bassist Dean Pichette (formerly of A Flock of Seagulls and 2kSuperStar).
Although relatively new, Sidecar has already had its share of road testing, with sparse but encouraging feedback. They released a debut long-player, "Back Seat Middle," in 1998. "I'm in lock down for you," growls vocalist Davis, on the winding "Blue Water Miles," a song that characterizes the perspective of the record and the band, which is to say familiar if more imperative grappling with yourself and someone like you. But Sidecar digs deeper into the cracks with honest desperation.
Live, Sidecar drives home its professional experience with polished production. In keeping with its mission to play out as often as they can, Sidecar has been gigging steadily, with two shows this week alone. And the foursome just recorded a five-song industry demo (available only at shows) and are headed toward another full album.
Though they can hardly deny their Orlando roots, the band legitimately creates music from inside out, rather than developing the Sidecar sound from what's already been proven to please the masses.
"The last thing I want to be known for is what part of the country I come from," assures Smith.