Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Every hour or so a new band would lug in their equipment and set up on the indoor stage at Austin's Coffee (929 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park) for I-4 Fest. The second group I saw was (the parentheticals). I was enjoyed sketching the performers from my spot right next to the stage.
They played with energy and abandon. Luckily my sketch flowed with just the right amount of structure and looseness.
(the parentheticals) were born when three friends, all longtime
singer/songwriter musicians but who had never worked together, decided
to collaborate for the first time on an original project. Despite the
distinctly different styles of writing, singing, and playing each brought to the table, they quickly found that their individual talents blended and complemented each other perfectly. Creative bursts of writing and jamming followed, and soon (the parentheticals) had crafted their unique laid-back, underground indie-rock sound.
Bill Massey was on bass, guitar, harmonica, keyboard and drum machine, Matt O'Grady on guitar, melodica and mandolin and Kristen DeAngelis on guitar and synths (when allowed). Everybody sings. They are currently in the studio working on their first collection of recordings while also playing live whenever possible.