Megaphone

Megaphone

Megaphone

with Trauma DeVille, Sore Eyes

BackBooth – Orlando, FL • December 6, 2009

2009 was, to say the least, a banner year for the Orlando-based power pop/rock combo, Megaphone. In August, the band released its long-awaited sophomore record Exit Silent Mode and drew nearly 2,000 fans to its CD release party held at Downtown Disney’s House of Blues — a house record at the time for a local band. In November the band scored the gig of a lifetime when they opened for AC/DC at Orlando’s 20,000-seat Amway Arena. In December the band returned to the House of Blues to open for Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. And on December 6th Megaphone wrapped up 2009 with a year-end, headline performance at BackBooth in downtown Orlando.

Megaphone

Christopher Long
Megaphone

The band’s dressing room was buzzing with activity just prior to showtime as members of the opening acts darted in and out while the headliners made last minute set list modifications and frantically attempted to resolve guest list issues with club staff. Yet despite the pre-show hubbub, guitarist Paul Smith, drummer Scott Smith, bassist James Woodrich, and frontman/guitarist Matt Bloodwell managed a little time for some good old-fashioned press before taking the stage.

Megaphone

Christopher Long
Megaphone

“It was really a dream come true,” remarked Paul Smith regarding the band’s recent arena debut with AC/DC. “We didn’t win some contest or get people to vote for us,” he added. “We were selected because someone thought that we were the right fit for the gig.”

Since releasing their debut record For Cryin’ Out Loud in 2005, Megaphone has established themselves as a hard-working top draw on the Central Florida scene. Known for their smart, catchy, well-crafted songs, they’ve been compared stylistically to the likes of Cheap Trick and platinum-selling songwriter/producer, Butch Walker. Given the critical praise of their first record, the band was under the gun to really deliver on Exit Silent Mode.

“We knew this one had to be done right,” Smith said of the new record. “We took our time in the studio, experimented a little and we believe that we came out with something special.”

Megaphone

Christopher Long
Megaphone

Following an impressive, gritty set from LA’s filth mongers, Trauma DeVille, Megaphone finally took the stage at 10:20. Despite battling an uncooperative mic stand throughout the show, Matt Bloodwell successfully led his crew through a blistering, high energy set. “We appreciate you all so much for being here tonight,” the charismatic frontman repeatedly announced to the adoring crowd.

The sixty-minute onslaught featured nearly all of the band’s signature earworms from their first record, like “Freak,” “Not Your Enemy,” and “Drama Queen” in addition to selections from the new record such as “Gravitate, “The Sin,” “Bad to Good,” and “My Favorite New Disaster.” And to coincide with the season they even threw in some original holiday music and just for fun, a cover of Butch Walker’s “Alicia Amnesia.”

But 2010 is a new year filled with endless possibilities, and Megaphone has its goals set high.

“We’re going to get started on record #3,” Smith added. “We want to be hugely successful as a great rock band and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

Megaphone: www.megaphonemusic.net

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Temples
    Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

From the Archives