It was a packed house Saturday night at The Social in Orlando for live music from Poverty Branch, -kids-, Savannah and Hoyle. The excited audience crowded around the stage long before the first band started and stayed packed in until the last band finished.
Orlando based Poverty Branch was the first band up. This was only their second show back after a several-year hiatus. Poverty Branch has always been one of those bands that can raise the energy level in a venue just by walking on the stage and this show wasn’t any different on that score. The five piece band’s set of folk flavored Indie rock music surged with contagious energy from the first song, “Gainesville,” to their last “House Fire,” with the enthusiastic crowd dancing and singing along to their entire set.
The singing and dancing started right back up once –kids- took the stage. Led by charismatic lead singer/bassist Joshua Diaz, the four piece band’s music swirled up and down through high-energy jams to gentle, dreamy sequences and back again, never letting go of the attentive crowd. Their set included several songs from their recently released debut EP, “Sink or Swim.” The band, based out of Fort Lauderdale, had many fans out in the crowd and by the time their set ended, they had earned many more with their spirited set of pop infused Indie rock music.
The high-energy rock party continued with Orlando band Savannah. The timeless sound of the five piece band’s piano based rock music never fails to impress an audience. Their expressive music unfolds with a simmering intensity, igniting a musical fire, too powerful to be ignored. Their set included many of their most popular songs including “Violent Red,” “Iron and Stone” and a song lead singer/keyboardist James Major described as “this song means a lot to me,” “Fiction in Grey.” They even had a new song in the set, “Can’t Stop A Broken Heart,” which is the new single off their upcoming album. On a sad note, this was bassist Andrew Mack’s last performance with the band as he strikes out on his own.
Closing out the night was headliner, Hoyle. The six piece band was celebrating the release of their debut CD “Massa Peccati,” that they had to record four times because of technical mishaps. The Orlando band’s music is captivating, with an astral vibe, creating a celestial soundscape for the mesmerized crowd. For the last song of the band’s regular set, “Little Things,” the audience contributed very enthusiastic oh, oh, ohs in all the right places. Of course, the band was not allowed to leave it at that as the crowd demanded, and got, one more song.
With Poverty Branch, -kids-, Savannah and Hoyle, it was a great line-up of varied rock bands. The Social was packed with exuberant, attentive music fans throughout the show, which was a terrific sign for the state of the local Orlando music scene.