by Rachel Brame –
I’ll admit I take risks sometimes and go see acts totally blind, walking in ignorant with open ears but ready to listen. Plenty of act roll through The Orpheum, but this particular show included two super obscure bands and wasn’t even advertised on their schedule, so I had no idea what to expect. So, here’s the dish: The Amish Kows are a young up-and-coming punk band out of Tampa while Faraday is indie garage rock fresh on the scene from St. Petersburg.
Faraday opened with a 30 minute set of distinctive indie guitar soaked numbers. As they played through thumping riffs and booming percussion I tried to think of bands to compare their sound to. I could not, and consider this a really good thing! They’re a fairly new band with unique resonance, and sound like nobody else. Their album An Anthology of Anthropology was just released February 14, 2016. A short description from their Bandcamp site describes it as “the no-budget brainchild of an anthropologist, lit professor, and music ed. major who fell in love with commenting on local culture through garage rock.” Faraday band members are Will Baldwin on classical guitar and vocals, Sam Wolter on 2nd guitar, Layne Farmen on bass, and Danny Tripp on drums. For the purposes of this show however, it was a real treat to witness Danny Piechocki from the Jitters filling in on drums who absolutely CRUSHED it!
The Amish Kows rounded out the hour by blazing through a 30 minute set of mostly original music with only a small sprinkling of recognizable covers most notably from Green Day and the Black Lips. I was impressed at the quality of their musicianship, they’re well-rehearsed and it shows. Most of the songs they pounded out are featured on their first album of garage recordings Live Noise which they put out in December 2015. The Amish Kows, whose name is a fusion of the bands Amish Tech Support and The Kows, include Kody Pennington on lead guitar, Jessee Welch aka ‘Jay Thunder’ on bass + vocals, and ‘T Lightning’ on drums (who by all accounts with sticks in hand is a relentless tear of energy). The local music scene is blooming in central Florida, and it’s clear they have the talent to ride the wave as far as they want to take it.