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TVW & SIGT @ ORLANDO FRINGE FEST (photos)

Orlando Fringe Fest is an institution, the longest running US version of the culture festival. Last Wednesday, The Vinyl Warhol and Shows I Go To hosted the WPRK Outdoor Stage where five of our favorite Orlando acts showed the primarily theater and performance art fest the strength of Orlando music. My BFF Joel Cameron captured the magic. In order, the performances were: Gary Lazer Eyes, Greyson of Someday River, THE STATES, Zap Dragon & The Attack, and Pathos, Pathos. Enjoy.

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest


Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

Orlando Fringe Fest

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?!? The Vinyl Warhol & Shows I Go To @ Orlando Fringe Fest ?!? | Wednesday, May 25

This year, Orlando Fringe Fest turns 25. I’m 22. Orlando’s most giving organizers have brought the Orlando music, theater, and art communities together since before I was born. And this year, Orlando music websites The Vinyl Warhol (us) and Shows I Go To (where I serve as Exec. Editor) are throwing a hugeee show on the FREE WPRK Outdoor Stage in Lochaven Park. Come out May 25 to see a stacked lineup (check the bands below) of some of our favorite Orlando musicians. We’ve tailored this show to perfectly fit the outdoor festival ethos, so be ready to grab a beer and soak in the Fringe. Music starts at 7 sharp. Enjoy.

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Gary Lazer Eyes (7:00–7:30)

If you recognize the song below, it’s because we premiered it a little less than a month ago. Gary Lazer Eyes are an Orlando quartet making moves into indie/alt rock after a long time in island and ska influenced music. This band features SIGT staff writer Sean Gray. He’s been an incredible addition to the staff, and my favorite work from him is his “Thank You…” series, where he expounds on his love for new releases by his favorite musicians like Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and Alabama Shakes.

Greyson of Someday River (7:30–8:15)

I am so excited for Grey to play the Fringe Stage. If you’re at all into the Orlando music scene, you know about his indie pscyh three-piece Someday River–he serves as vocalist, guitar, and whatever you call a boy on a drum pad (drummer boy?). They’ve just released their debut EP Sleeping Sideways and have been hitting the Florida market hard with shows. If you haven’t seen Someday River before this is a perfect step into their music. If you have, come see the mystical aura of the band stripped down to its core voice. 

THE STATES (8:30–9:00)

Recently, THE STATES have relocated to Orlando–smart. In the last few months, they’ve been a part of 64 North’s free Monday series and in December played SIGT’s Paris Benefit Art Show. Their sound is light and punchy indie rock, a perfect soundtrack to play as the sun sets on a beautiful Fringe day. SIGT founder Mitchel described them as “all the good parts of Mumford & Sons,” but I’d like to clarify that they’re about X 1000 better than that.

Zap Dragon & The Attack (9:15–9:45)

Zap Dragon has been an elusive force in the Orlando scene for a quite some time now. They pop up and bills with punk bands, indie bands, I’ve even seen them play right before a bluegrass quintet. They’re fronted by “Diamond” David Zimlinghaus, a man with a mouth. “Sicko” was the first song I heard from the band, and Dave’s lyrics felt so angry and real that I could have sworn the song was written about me. “I got a problem with everything and everything’s got a problem with me.”

Pathos, Pathos (10:00–10:45)

Pathos, Pathos be on that OG TVW. I’ve covered these guys for what seems like forever now. They played our first ever show, and I’m beyond excited to see them close Fringe on Wednesday evening. I just saw the four cuties live for the sixth or seventh time and they played a bunch of new tracks off their upcoming Pet Names album. Peak my full review of the project’s first single, “Summer Nights.”

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Gary Lazer Eyes - Galapagos premiere

Gary Lazer Eyes – “Galapagos” (premiere)

We open with a high, wide shot of the Pacific Ocean. The water is a crystal clear blue-green, sun reflecting off its mirror-like surface. A lone speed boat enters stage left. The camera pans with the boat, revealing the seemingly-barren Galapagos Islands. What ensues next is a covert spy mission including shark-infested waters, invisible enemy bases, knife fights, and eventually, the capture and brutal killing of our heroes–a tragic tale as old as time.

This is my pitch for the music video for “Galapagos”–given that the band is willing to approve my $10 million budget. The band–and victims in the plotline above–I speak of is Orlando foursome Gary Lazer Eyes. On “Galapagos,” the boys strip away the majority of the reggae and ska influences that peppered their December 2015 EP, Black and White. However, they haven’t lost the sun-soaked feelings those genres produce, as this new song is still summer baked, albeit in a new way.

Gentlemen, I know the money I’m asking for may seem extravagant, but allow me to explain to you how my vision perfectly equates your song. First, the beaming guitars by Austin Young and Sean Gray bounce and illuminate off each other like the aqua waves I previously described. They bring the epic blockbuster excitement that “Galapagos” is built off of. Austin’s voice slides beneath them with the mystique that encapsulates the spy thriller genre. His words echo a confused relationship–I’m thinking a love interest who is revealed to be a double-agent. And lastly, we shoot it in The Galapagos (duh).