By: Lindsy Carrasquillo
What’s better than a house show? I have yet to find that out. The Coolicide show featuring the touring bands Kississippi and Prince Daddy & The Hyena was a small gathering of some of the best people I’ve met. Whether you know anyone at a house show or not, you’re pretty much guaranteed to leave with newly formed friendships and memorable stories.
First up that night was Insignificant Other. As their last show was at the Coolicide Showcase at Loosey’s in December, I was eagerly awaiting their performance. As a surprise to many people, the band introduced a brand new song called ‘Grad Song’. As lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Simona Morales graduates this spring, the song is about handling the stresses the school brings and balancing it with self-care. The band’s use of synth and keys adds extra energy to their performance and they’ve remained my favorite Gainesville band since I first discovered them almost two and a half years ago.
“Tell me my professor can wait til tomorrow…” sings Simona.
Hailing from Albany, New York, Prince Daddy & The Hyena is a band I discovered just weeks before the show. Before attending any show, I look up the bands to familiarize myself and after listening to a few songs, I was hooked. Their newest album, ‘I Thought You Didn’t Even Like Leaving’, was released in September and features strong hooks with varied instrumentals. My favorite part of their set was when they played the track ‘I Forgot To Take My Meds Today’. It’s a sing along track filled with honesty.
Prince Daddy & The Hyena play in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
After first listening to Kississippi for the first time a few months ago, I felt like I had found the indie synth/pop band of my dreams. They’re a band I listen to daily and seeing them live solidified my love for them. While they played as a full band, they ended their set with the song ‘Greyhound’ where lead singer Zoey played with just a guitar.
“You know i’m not ever up to much , you know if i’m up late i’m not up to much…” sings Zoey.
Gainesville locals, Kindergarten Cop continued the night with their energetic sound. They’re a band I’ve only seen live once before and their performance makes me want to see them again. With songs like ‘Sun Dress’, drummer Pedro Sanchez adds hard hitting energy to their sound. With only one EP out, I am looking forward to their up-coming full length album.
Kindergarten Cop putting on a dynamic performance.
Closing out the night was Alumine, a band that I’ve written about in the past and will continue to cover for as long as I can. As their self-titled EP features guest vocals by bands on the Coolicide Florida label, those features are my favorite part of their live set. During the song ‘Al Exterior’, Simona of Insignificant Other took a mic off of its stand and shared the feature with Cory Quimbly of the band Quimbly.
“I’m trying to do the best I can, the situation that we have at hand…” sings Alu.
If you’re ever looking for a safe space or a place that feels like home, come to a Coolicide show.
Links & Credits
Lindsy Carrasquillo(Insignificant Other, Prince Daddy & The Hyena) & Kevin Renard ( Kississippi, Kindergarten Cop & Alumine)