Monday, June 28, 2010

Local Music Profile - The Equines

The first time I saw The Equines, they blew me away. They have a rich and full sound, and are captivating from the first note to the last. They play a brand of indie pop that is not easily duplicated, and is uniquely enhanced by unusual instruments and a smattering of electronic gadgets. There’s an overall feeling of fun and magic at their shows, and it’s clear that they want everyone to have a good time.

Hailing from Sarasota, they started out as Maid Mosephine and the Equines in 2008, later shortening the name to The Equines based on advice from a friend. Most of the members have played in previous bands, such as The Illustrated, I Die You Die, Tiny Ensemble, and MeteorEYES. They plucked their mandolin player (pun fully intended) from an open mike night, and the rest was history.

When in Tampa, The Equines enjoy playing New World Brewery, The Orpheum, and Crowbar. Their favorite thing about the city? Our varied styles of jean shorts. That, and the way our local music scene is open to working collaboratively. You can catch The Equines next in Tampa on August 7th at New World Brewery with the Great Deceivers and Friends of Giants.

photo credit: Jaime Vega

You can learn more about The Equines by visiting their Facebook page here:!/theequines?v=wall

Here's a music video for The Narwhal Song:

Their other summer shows are as follows:

7/17 @ Cock N’ Bull (Sarasota)

7/23 @ Backbooth (Orlando)

7/30 @ FUBAR (St. Petersburg)

8/07 @ New World Brewery (Tampa)

8/08 @ Pastimes (Sarasota)

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