Artist of the day: Nothing in the Dark
Spring Hill's Nothing in the Dark like their hometown. “It’s great being in a town where there are only a few bands and they’re 100 percent unlike each other,” said drummer John Mamo.
Nothing in the Dark -- which also includes singer-guitarist Jeff Edel and bassist James "Moose" Farina -- might be too coherent to be a traditional hardcore band. Formed in 2005, they’re more like a sped-up version of classic rock with metal influences behind the rhythm.
On Friday night, they perform with Dead Cat Lounge, Some City Somewhere, the Destroid and Spirits Down at Pegasus Lounge in Tampa. Admission is $5 for 21 and older and $7 everyone else. Click here for details.
After the jump, get Julie Garisto's full profile of these Citrus County punks ...
With the lights on: Jeff Edel, guitar and lead vocals; John Mamo, drums; James “Moose” Farina, bass.
Formed: 2005 in Spring Hill.
EPs: Southern Rock (Ballads) From the Underbelly of America (2008) and the simply titled 2009 EP on Hold Tight! Records.
Their sound: Not to split hairs, but NITD might be too coherent to be a traditional hardcore band. They’re more like a sped-up version of classic rock with metal influences behind the rhythm.
Influences: Edel likes Creedence Clearwater Revival and Zeppelin while Mamo’s more into metal and harder-edged bands; drummers Josh Freese and Dave Witte.
First brushes with punk: “In sixth grade, I asked a girl to buy me something at the mall and she got me the Dead Kennedys’ Holiday in Cambodia,” Edel recalls.
Mamo: “I heard NOFX’s Punk in Drublic when I was 11 at Y(MCA) camp.”
The band name: “Nothing in the Dark” is a Twilight Zone episode about a dying woman who’s deciding whether or not to be escorted to the afterlife by Mr. Death (Robert Redford).
Two-thirds transplanted: Edel is a Florida native, born in New Port Richey; Mamo is originally from New York and Farina is from Connecticut.
Main songwriter: Edel. “I don’t think I’m too obvious when I write,” he says. Part of the mystery can be attributed to the fact that none of the song titles match the songs; they’re usually references from TV shows or movies. Like this song inspired by Wayne’s World: Gelatinous Cube Eats Village (I Think It’s Terrific), which is a line from the famous Mike Myers comedy. “We watch a lot of movies,” Edel says. "There’s not a lot to do in Spring Hill.” Other humorous titles include Bakula not Dracula and All My Heroes Are Table Tennis Players.
Crowd pleaser: Drink Hard With a Vengeance.
Mamo’s side project: Party Time, a thrash-metal band based in Tampa.
Tour plans: The band will play shows in Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina and St. Augustine and the east coast of Florida.
Bands they’d like to play with: Arm the Poor, VaginaSore Jr., the Tim Version, Criminal Culture, Assassinate the Scientists and Static Radio.
Advantage of Spring Hill: “It’s great being in a town where there are only a few bands and they’re 100 percent unlike each other,” Mamo says.
Hear them: 9 p.m. Friday with Dead Cat Lounge, Some City Somewhere, the Destroids and Spirits Down at Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th Ave., Tampa. All ages. Admission is $6 for 21 and older and $7 everyone else.
-- Julie Garisto, tbt*