Pathos, Pathos – “Tiger”

Orlando indie rockers Pathos, Pathos close out the year with the debut single from their upcoming EP, Familiar Homes. On “Tiger,” vocalist Matt Walsh’s singing is light and energetic. Never has “pulling out your hair” and watching a loved-one “unwravel” sounded more invigorating. The instrumentation is just as much fun. During the verse, the percussion makes me want to skip. The guitar melodies jump around like sugar-filled toddlers on a perfect spring day. Even when the song outro brings the pace down, the day is finished with a sunset and a whistle solo.

All of these pieces are strung together by excellent production, leaving each element sounding sharp and distinct. I’m excited to hear what else the band can churn out next year. 2015 is upon us, but Pathos, Pathos is making the most of 2014’s last days. Enjoy.

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The Endearing Nature Sounds of Tiger Fawn

Deep in the forests of Downtown Orlando, a creature is stirring. Born out of the earth beneath its feet, this organism pays homage to its surroundings in the form of song. These musical moments seem to come directly from the earth itself. While listening, you feel the forest around you. The being I speak of is not one. It is three. It is Tiger Fawn. Enjoy.

Tiger Fawn full band

I was introduced to the forest folk three-piece Tiger Fawn at this year’s Sweater Fest. While sliding from stage to stage, my cohort and I were transfixed by Tiger Fawn frontwoman Dani Lacerda’s looped vocal melodies and wild, electric blue hair. Bassist Aimee Lindie stood atop an elevated platform with four added eyes painted on her face – a la Jack Sparrow meets Karen O. The other two members of Tiger Fawn had dawned similar tribal paint, and as one creative force, flowed through a set primitive, pop-tastic tunes.

Last week, Tiger Fawn released an EP of five songs titled The Fire Licks the Woods. The collection was finished before the additions of Lindie and drummer Russell Nylen, and therefore explores the personal creativity of Dani Lacerda. Woven throughout the EP are various nature sounds: chirping birds, falling rain, crackling fire, etc. The atmosphere created by these familiar noises is heightened by the soulful voice of Lacerda, who sits perched on a tree branch, sharing her story with the other creatures.

The Fire Licks the Woods however – although beautiful in an intimate manner – feels like a blueprint for something even greater. What I believe to be the true Tiger Fawn – or at least the one who caught my eye at Sweater Fest – is at this point best represented in the band’s live videos on the band’s YouTube Page. Here, their sound stands as the sonic being I described in the introduction. The unorthodox drumming are pounding footsteps; bass-lines evoke rolling thunder; vocal loops serve as the chatter of animals. Tiger Fawn not only recall the natural world, they create it.

If Tiger Fawn has convinced you, fantastic. These three are lighting up Lil Indies on 28th with Henry Toland, Phil Longo, and Kid Eternity. THIS IS FREE 21+ SHOW! Music starts at 9 P.M., and I’ve been promised that there will be face-paint, crazy dances, and jumping around.