Joined: 12 April 2003
Fan of Gainesville
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Candy Bars is one of the few bands that gives me unfaltering
|Posted: 07 April 2005 at 1:51pm | IP Logged
confidence in independent, local music. While the band's setup is very
minimalistic (one guitar/vocal and drums (bass, snare, hihat, one
cymbal)), their sound is anything but that. Martinez and Hastings,
both superb musicians, fill up such an intense amount of space with
their playing that you don't even miss the presence of other
Whether it be Martinez' trademark delay pedal feedback or Hastings'
dreamy riveted cymbal, Candy Bars' live performance leaves you
constantly asking "Where the hell is all that sound coming from?"
The band has recorded ten songs, featuring more orchestration than
their live show. The strongest of these songs, "The Flood In Your Old
Town," sends chills up my spine each time I hear it. Conjuring up
images of late Sunny Day Real Estate, the song features harpsichord
and resonator bells, two instruments you'd be hard pressed to find on
any other contemporary recording.
Recently, the band has just completed a superb 5 song EP featuring a
new member, Melissa Castellano. Castellano was recruited to record
cello on the EP and has been appearing at shows ever since.
Coming off a strong opening performance for "The French Kicks" in
their native Tampa, Candy Bars is bringing their EP release party to
their second hometown, Gainesville. The band has developed a devoted
and growing following over the past year in our nourishing
environment. Fortunately for everyone involved, the next year will
bring Candy Bars to more audiences across the state, as Hastings has
recently been transferred to Jacksonville for work.
"We're going to be forced to meet up in Gainesville regularly to
rehearse, so we may as well play a show while we're there. Also we'll
be able to keep our inital base in Tampa, while developing a new
following Jacksonville," says Martinez.
Candy Bars is a band that must be seen live and heard on recording,
neither alone will suffice. They manage to not disappoint with either
medium of performance. Once you've heard both, you will be converted
and will truly believe again in the potential of independent music.
I know I'm not normally a praying man, but if you're up there, SAVE ME, SUPERMAN!