Friday, August 19, 2005

Local Music Review: Three-Cord Band

In our ongoing quest to support local music, Nadia and I would like to introduce a band that catches our eyes and our ears from the Orlando area.

We met the members of a Christian music band called Three-Cord at a Celebration area Chick-Fil-A during a promotion for Chick-Fil-A’s new coffees and cinnamon bun clusters (which were divine… but that’s beside the point).

We sat in the back of the restaurant eating our lunch and the band came in rather quietly, and we didn’t realize they were the band until they brought their instruments in and set up on the other side of the restaurant; they just looked like regular hungry customers to us. The band consisted of two brothers and a friend: Anthony, playing acoustic guitar; his brother Jonathan, playing a large percussion tribal-looking drum, and various other percussion instruments; and the bass guitarist, whose name I can’t remember for the life of me…

Their music didn’t carry well across the restaurant and we strained our ears to hear them, but we clapped anyway. And we were the only ones. You gotta support your peeps, you know? On their first break Anthony came over and introduced himself, in his words, to “the cheering section”. And Mother told him we were deciding if we should sit on the other side of the restaurant because we were cold, and he asked for us to come over, because there were only about ten people inside. It seemed like the other six people in the restaurant were afraid to sit closer, which is not unusual in that small of a setting.

After we moved the band was getting into their groove a bit, making jokes to each other and to the audience¾us, I mean. Their melodies were somewhat acoustic coffeehouse style, and their vocal style was somewhat Matchbox Twenty-esque. It’s kind of hard to put a particular style of music to this great local band because their sound was unique, and they weren’t trying to be anyone but themselves. In between songs (and sometimes in the middle of them) Jonathan would shove entire cinnamon bun clusters into his mouth and tried to look innocent about it¾that cracked us up every time. Anthony, his older brother, would say jokingly to his brother, “Dork, stop that,” and other brotherly comments would fly back and forth between them. The bass guy was the quietest, hardly said a word and sat on top of his amp, which was next to the swinging kitchen door, so when it opened he usually got banged on the elbow. And sometimes, he sat a song or two out and talked to Anthony’s wife and had more of those cinnamon bun clusters.

“Are you going to come and play with us now?” Anthony called over to him in the next booth. Sometimes, his jokes were just as good as the songs. After the last set, we clapped and cheered, and the band got up and started to pick up their instruments. Then Anthony said, “Does anyone want to see me embarrass myself?” Let me tell you, that got the loudest cheer of all. So he picked up his guitar and strummed a few chords. His brother obviously knew what he was about to do, so he borrowed the bass. Anthony broke into a commercial-type jingle the band wrote about Dr. Pepper that was totally unexpected. If Three-Cord sent in a demo tape of that song, I know the Dr. Pepper Company would pick it up.

Between songs about “Bush Drivers” and first-ever autographs from our “peeps”, the cinnamon clusters didn’t measure up to the good time we had with this band and their music (although Nadia loved the new coffees—she downed three large cups!). All in all, it was an afternoon well spent, and we bet these guys will become favorites of Orlando.

Three-Cord Band plays locally in the Celebration and Orlando area, appearing on various dates at Sherlock’s Tea Room in downtown Celebration and other venues.


Anonymous Who can say? said...

I commend you for supporting local artistry, well done. And I commend the band as well, usually independant bands...or any bands for that matter....don't impress me because they all seem to try to maintain a very static image while singing about depression while none are actually depressed. No, this band sounds really good and if i lived in Orlando I'd attend a cafe concert in a second.

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Blogger Nadia said...

Thanks; you wouldn't be disappointed:)

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Blogger Starfish said...

Thanks for the kind words! We really enjoyed listening to them play and you are right, most "cafe artists" sing about being sorry and their songs are about their "troubles". And this band was really unique in that sense because they weren't focused on the image of the typical band.

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