Winter Park / Live Music: Local band is back and better than ever
December 28, 2007
After some much needed time off, local musicians Ian Morlock, Chris “Willy” Williamson, Tom Camillo and Matt Holliday will be back on the stage to help people at the Untamed Southwest Grill and Pub welcome in the New Year.
This is the third or fourth time they’ve played the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Untamed, but this will be the first time they will be playing without keyboardist “Craigy T” who they tragically lost this past fall.
“The four of us decided to keep playing because we love it,” Morlock said. “We’re writing better than ever and our music’s tighter than ever.”
Morlock said the loss of one of their band members, who was really like a family member to them all, brought the group closer.
“You just gain some new perspective when something like that happens to you,” Williamson said. “We’re closer as musicians now. If it wasn’t for the friendships, the music wouldn’t happen.”
Their music is Southern-rock oriented, Morlock explains. The band plays anything from classic Johnny Cash to Snoop Dogg and quite a bit of Widespread Panic. However, the band has recently spent a lot of time rehearsing quite a few new songs, including several originals for Monday night’s show.
“We lost 20 percent of our sound and 33 percent of our vocals so we had to reinvent ourselves,” Williamson said. “It’s actually been good for our music. We’re just excited to get out and play again.”
“This is a completely new show for us,” Morlock said, and in that renewed spirit they “want to throw a big party.” One Time is going to highlight sounds from the 1970s and ’80s and are encouraging people to don their bell bottoms, paisley and other items from the funk and disco eras.
Morlock plays drums for the band, which has had a pretty big following since One Time started in 2001. Williamson, who writes quite a bit of the lyrics for the group, plays rhythm guitar; Camillo plays base guitar, and Holliday plays lead guitar. All contribute vocals.
Holliday’s wife, Shana, will be joining them on stage to sing for the special Dec. 31 performance.
“We’ve actually got a whole set built around her,” Williamson said. “She’s got the best voice in the whole band.”
As always, their shows and their tunes encourage people to “just have a good time,” and with the support of their families, friends and fans, the future looks pretty bright for One Time as it re-releases itself full-on back into the music scene. There’s even talk of revisiting the studio in the spring for an early-fall release.