Artist of the day: The Equines
Sarasota group the Equines mix bouncy guitars, beach-boogie xylophones and an overall fun-loving sensibility to create danceable indie-pop gems.
"I quite liked a recent description as 'Stevie Nicks with a folky twist,' but I wouldn't exclude Siouxsie Sioux from the mix either," said Greg Ferris, whose position with the band is listed as "xylophone, wit." (As opposed to bandmate Andrew Sink, whose position is described as "bass, awesomeness"; or Mike Murphy, who's responsible for "drums, sass"; or Jeannine Blewitt, who handles "mandolin, vocals, full-fledged charm.")
You can download the Equines' EP, Hearts on Faces, for free on their MySpace page.
Like their fellow south-of-the-Skyway friends and "co-conspiritors," Sons of Hippies, the Equines occasionally make their way up north for shows in Tampa and St. Pete. You can check them out Jan. 28 at the Orpheum alongside Lions After Dark. Tickets are $8.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Myles Edwin Photography.