Artist of the day: Claiborne
Like fellow local rockers Automatic Loveletter, Claiborne have whip-smart chops and a cute blond singer (Tiffany Francum), but that‚Äôs not the only reason they‚Äôre one of Tampa‚Äôs up-and-coming groups to watch.
After Francum joined the lineup last year, the band (Danny Ortiz, Danzel Vaughn, Scott Black and Brian McKay) landed an opening slot at December‚Äôs 97X Next Big Thing concert at the Ford Amphitheatre, and they just released their EP, De Stella Nova . And as for the comparisons to Automatic Loveletter (and Paramore, and Flyleaf, and on and on ... )? ‚ÄúTo us, we‚Äôre just a rock band that happens to have a girl singer,‚Äù McKay says, ‚Äúnot the other way around.‚Äù
Click here to listen to an mp3 of Claiborne's This Calls for Decadence in the player on the right. The band is playing a free show Thursday night at a Hot Topic in Ocoee, and they'll be back in Tampa for a concert April 11 at Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa.