On Thursday, Orlando band A Brilliant Lie release their latest CD, “Waking Vessels” with a show at The Social in downtown Orlando. The release of “Waking Vessels” has been highly anticipated from the band’s large fan base ever since the first quirky teaser videos appeared from the band promoting their successful Kickstarter campaign to fund this CD.
For anyone unfamiliar with the band, the word quirky describes them pretty well. On the surface, the four band members, Tara Lightfoot (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Cook-Berry (guitar), Chris Lane (drums) and Zach Teman (bass), seem like they like to play – a lot – and they do, but there’s more to it. Their generally unconventional style of promoting the band, their shows and their music is the stuff legends are made of, but don’t think that doesn’t mean they don’t take their music seriously. They may act wacky and offbeat, but their musical talent and songwriting skills are nothing short of top-notch. The six songs on “Waking Vessels” prove that.
The CD opens with the first single “Red Eyes (of Thoughts Awry),” a hard-charging song featuring aggressive lead vocals and music, with periodic machine gun stuttering musical passages. On “There I Said It” and “Astra Castra” Lightfoot’s vocals really shine as they go from soft and tender, rising up and soaring with intensity and energy throughout the song.
The fluctuating musical tempos on “Barren Behind My Lips” deftly shift between steady, throbbing drum beats and softer guitar laced vocal sections. The rising and falling of the rolling music in “Taller” really enhances Lightfoot’s passionate vocal. “Lockets” shows a different side of the band with a periodic jazz vibe entering to the song.
“Waking Vessels” is a terrific CD. It really showcases the band members’ talents and is destined to stay on repeat with any music fan.
Thursday’s A Brilliant Lie CD release show at The Social includes performances by Orlando bands Blaine the Mono and Burn After Reading as well as South Florida band Daybreak Embrace. Tickets are $7 in advance and the doors open at 7 p.m. The Social is located at 54 North Orange Ave. in downtown Orlando.