April 2, 2011
Laser Wolf, Fort Lauderdale
It was a lovely night to be outdoors on Saturday -- especially if you happened to be standing around mingling amid the sizable and cheery crowd in Laser Wolf's pristine and elegant courtyard. The grass is lush, the bushes carefully manicured, and its shape is triangular by virtue of the old, charming building that provides its borders. At the peak of the triangular lawn was a comfortable stage setup, where Orlando band the Pauses, and local favorite (and friend of County Grind) Chris Horgan, each delivered beautiful sets of music, enriching the already sweet scene.
The Pauses are a three-piece who are highly creative, deeply soulful, and really fun. They sometimes stick to a guitar, bass, and drum arrangement to deliver their groove -- which is at times haunting, funky, and sweet -- but incorporate lots of tasteful synth, keyboards, and sequencing as well. The lead vocalist, Tierney Tough, has great, comforting presence, and her voice is very chill and naturally energetic. Throughout the set, which featured mostly songs from their debut album, A Cautionary Tale, the influence of Radiohead was noticable right alongside tinges of '70s funk, with a lot more flavors glowing within their tight, unique sound as well.
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