Spring Break resembles the unknown, the unpredictable and the finer things in life that are meant to be enjoyed. This past week falls in line with those three points. I visited a friend of mine in the greater Orlando area for a few days and just like typical college-aged men do, we hit up the local bar. We stopped into this humble abode called The Haven Lounge in downtown Winter Park for waterfalls of beer, bulls-eyes of darts and racks of pool. The two of us didn’t possess a clue as to who would be performing the show. Needless to say, after a pitcher of Heineken set in and two sudden death rounds of pool, the first band took the stage. Yep, you guessed it the first band was, aptly named, Black Ship Sky.
Hailing from Orlando, Black Ship Sky is a mixture of different cultures. On their MySpace, the band describes itself as “A freakin’ United Nations of rockers!” Why not? Diversity always works. Black Ship Sky performs their blend of rock & roll with the ferocity and intensity of a twisting tornado. Think “Twister” with Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, 1996. The final scene where both of them tie leather belts around the pipe to avoid being sucked up by the chaotic twister. Take that image, and put some Black Ship Sky numbers on it. You’ve got yourself the spirit of rock & roll that is Black Ship Sky.
On their songs such as “Black & White” and “Quidditch,” the band’s lead guitarist, Simon, lays down some impressive, blistering solos. For a band that’s still a fledgling act (they’ve been around less than a year), BSS is on its way to take Orlando by force.
The Orlando quartet currently is performing a few shows in the downtown Orlando area. Not only are they all a nice bunch of dudes, they play better live than what their EP has to offer. No lie. Check them out, have a beer, relax, unwind and board yourself on the Black Ship Sky!