2014 is bringing something new to Orlando, FL, “The Big Orlando” music festival”. The festival will be headlined by some of the biggest names in alternative rock, such as Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Young The Giant and The Dirty Heads. It will also feature some very promising up and comers such as Twin Atlantic, New Politics, Bear Hands, Big Data and more. The event will take place on Sunday, December 7th in Orlando at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.
Some of our writers put together their lists of their top 3 must-watch bands for this year’s Big Orlando festival, check them out after the jump.
It’s pretty amazing to see how far post-hardcore stars The Color Morale have come in the 5 years since We All Have Demons was released 5 years ago. These days, they’re main support to bands like The Word Alive, and just put out their 4th album, Hold On Pain Ends. It’s impressive considering they were relative unknowns for the longest time, but hard work and talent are reaping the rewards.
The reason I’ve always found TCM interesting is due to the depth of the lyrics. They’re sometimes simple to decipher – sometimes less so – but there is an honesty there that not many bands have. I’m not sure I’ve ever related to a song more than “Learned Behavior” (off their Know Hope album from 2013).
Either way, the story of vocalist Garret Rapp is a very interesting one. I can relate to him personally on many levels – being bullied and picked on for being different really hit home for me, and it’s interesting to see how overcoming that and rising above it can really affect your life in a positive way.
Anyway, I digress. Check out the full audio interview with Garret after the jump, and if you’re not familiar with the band, check out what I believe to be their best overall song, “Saviorself”, as well.
After going through a bunch of member changes, Tampa based Post-Hardcore/Metal band Operator has finally found the right guys totake this band off the ground for good. This past week they have released a new EP which packs a punch and shows the scene what they are all about.