Free Candy treats listeners to alternative surf rock
Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010 07:10
Twenty-seven-year-old Virginia native Britt Scott aspired to be a performer ever since she was little. Her father is a musician and audio engineer in Virginia Beach. Up until middle school, Scott was in chorus. On Oct. 29, Scott will sing with her band Free Candy at the Tantra Lounge on Broughton Street.
"The thing I like about being in the band is having fun," Scott said. "It's a good learning experience."
Free Candy's sound is a fusion of grunge, surf rock and alternative rock. The most unique thing about this band is the bassist Alexandra Mitchell. She plays a colossal upright fretless bass. Musicians who can't play without frets will instantly be impressed.
Guitarist Ian Zimerle andMitchell announced that the pair were recently married last week.
"He is my best friend," Mitchell said. "We have been playing together almost two years. I read him well. Ian brings a blues sound, Nicole surf rock, Britt pop, and myself punk and psychobilly. Somehow it works. Ian is the token in a band of belly-dancers."
"I think there is a certain degree of fear that comes along with performing for an audience," Zimerle said.
"You are afraid in some respect that people won't like you or accept you as a performer, or that they think you're kind of fake."
Zimerle said that Mitchell places things in perspective for him.
"As Alex is the one person in the world that I respect above myself, having her with me in the band objectifies the situation. If she thinks highly of me and what we do musically, then I need not search for acceptance by going out of my way to please people. I can be myself on stage and exhibit my true nature through my performance. That essence of unabashed truth is what people really respond to, and what draws their appreciation."
Perhaps the band is well-knit because Zimerle and Mitchell have not only an attraction for each other but a mutual attraction for music.
Free Candy recently played their first show at the Tantra Lounge on Oct. 22. They covered "Polly" by Nirvana, "The House of Rising Sun" by Eric Burdon and The Animals and "Lucky" by Radiohead.
Scott sported a T-shirt that read "I'm with the drummer" and played with her hair during the show. It's hard not to pay attention to this red-haired, blue-eyed beauty.
"I like smaller venues and more intimate settings," Scott said. "It's better than playing a big show because it's easier to get to know the fans."
"We're not Free Candy for no reason," said Nicole Edge, the drummer. "Give them candy. You're all welcome to have free candy."
Miniature candy bars, Smarties, taffy, Nerds and Gobstoppers were among the types of candy given away.
"We plan it that way," Scott said. "With Halloween coming up, it's easy to see the irony of our band name."
At first glance you wouldn't expect Edge to be a drummer. She belly-dances often with Scott in the dance troupe Cairo on the Coast.
Free Candy does mainly covers but is currently working on original songs. Their influences include The White Stripes, The Cramps, The Ventures, Nirvana and Radiohead.
"Honestly, I am very inspired by a lot of local musicians, more so than famous ones," Edge said. "Chris Fullerton and Jason Gecik are local drummers who make their living solely off their musical skills. I admire them a lot more than someone I have never met for being able to follow their passion as musicians, and being such kind, caring people as well."