Kelly Craven

Every week at Orlando Music News, the site highlights a local band or artist. A good local band or artist. This week, Kelly Craven.

Kelly Craven is playing Austin’s Coffee & Film on Friday, Sept. 2 with Zap Dragon & the Attack, Cassandra Wilcox, and the Great Joe Bivins. 

Just the facts:

Band members’ names & instruments:

  • Left Hand: squeezing & thumping
  • Right Hand: stroking & pounding
  • Big Mouth: wailing & shouting

Currently available releases:

2010 Rough Demo (

a handful of other rough demos of songs floating about online





Describe your sound:

Archaic Pop Industrial Folk Torch Rock

Five Questions:

1) What has been your most memorable show so far?

December 11th, 2010 @ Will’s Pub opening for Dr. Moonstien & Franchise

This was the first gig I played at Will’s & a great night start to finish despite losing a front tooth part of the way through my set.

2) Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?

This is a tough one… Shows with friends are always fun because I enjoy hanging out with them & genuinely dig their work. I’ve done a number of gigs with Goodrich & The Die Tryin’s, Zap Dragon & The Attack, The Plush Monsters and The Woolly Bushmen, The Panhandler, Lauren Carder and Dr Moonstien are longtime friends of mine – so those are always great nights.

Still, shows with acts I haven’t previously played with are always exciting in their own right. It’s a different flow, often a different crowd and offers the chance to get to know acquaintances or even complete strangers a bit better. Afterall, that’s how I wound up getting to know almost everyone listed above in the first place…

3) What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?

“Angry.” My material can be a bit intense and even aggressive at times. Much of it tends to deal a lot with frustration, strife and grind, disappointment, etc., but there’s actually very little anger in it. And then mostly [it’s] in some of the more socially or politically charged material like “Left Hook.” Personally, I’m about the same.

4) What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What’s your least favorite?

My favorite thing is probably that Orlando has a lot of diversity and both space and support for that diversity. A lot of places have a bit of this or a bit of that, are known as the place for a particular mindset, style, medium or genre. Orlando isn’t. Here there’s a lot more flow and interplay.

Least Favorite: Having to live in Florida.

5) Any big news to share?

Not just yet… but soon.

New material, new recording & a full band in the works…

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