For listeners of Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Mute Math, Jeff Buckley and The Mars Volta comes Mirror Pal. Hailing from Orlando, FL, the ambient/indie-rock band exploded on to the scene with riveting live performances winning the 45 act ‘Battle of the Bands’ at Backbooth and voted band of the year at the Deland Music Festival in 2009, captivating the sunshine state. Mirror Pal is a perpetual exploration of art and life, and their music reflects that ever-changing quality with irresistible emotion! Their 2009 independent release, "We Are" (now on itunes), garnered them regional acclaim bringing forth psychedelia to indie pop with angelic vocals and staunch musicianship. In reviewing their latest release, the Orlando Weekly praises lead vocalist, Drew Yardis, as setting “his Jeff Buckley yowl on a rocket ship toward outer space and the results are both rousing and chill-inducing.” further complementing the band saying, “Mirror Pal’s new album confirms the indie rock group’s spot at the top,” and, “…We Are announces Mirror Pal as a force to be reckoned with – locally and possibly on a national level as well.” The group was formed in the summer of 2006, and has since shared stages with national touring acts such as Band Marino, The Postmarks, Woven, Snowden, and Tiger City. With the anticipation of their next full length release and upcoming tour, Mirror Pal is gearing to impact nationwide!
"Mirror Pal considers their music a candidate for the forgotten genre of "Other" first and foremost, followed by alternative and ambient. This collection of subtle misnomers could be more easily identified in the category of "Avant Garde," or quite simpler - "Art unlike anything you've ever heard of before." Now that's music that sounds attractive. During their brief existence, Mirror Pal has enlightened Central Florida of the appeal of abnormality by dousing the Orlando music scene with a dash of originality and creativeness. Needless to say, their song "Effection" could be mistook for a Radiohead tune, which is a sign of their mass appeal to the artistic underground. Their style is so individually ambiguous that I have heard a fan describe them as "Incubus meets Circa Survive." Judge for yourself." - Rock For Hunger
Mirror Pal's newly released album "We Are" is more of a collection of songs the band recorded over the past two years which gives the flow of the album an adventurous and explorative feel.
Drew Yardis- Lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Kevin Cash- Lead guitar
Stephen Lighthouse- Bass Guitar
Ranson Vorpahl- Drums & Percussion
Occasionally Aaron Randall on Keys
"We Are" (2009) Available on itunes.
"Don't Forget To Come Up For Air" (2007 EP)
"Explore With Us" (2008 Acoustic EP)
Original song "Shoes and Socks", along with a few others, have received airplay on several college stations and select commercial stations in Florida
The band who would be king: Mirror Pal's new album confirms the indie rock group's spot at the top
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Talk about regeneration. On May 2, at a Back Booth–hosted battle of the bands, I was told that one o...Talk about regeneration. On May 2, at a Back Booth–hosted battle of the bands, I was told that one of Orlando’s best all-around bands, Summerbirds in the Cellar, had broken up. For years, the Summerbirds stood as one of the most complete indie-rock acts around, equally adept at studio polish and blistering live shows that were so honed and ready for large venues that they opened for R.E.M. at SXSW. This city has always boasted a deep roster of potential heirs to their throne, but none displayed the kind of bigger-than-life presence needed to fill their shoes.
As if on cue later that night, the eventual winners of the months-long round of battles, Mirror Pal, took the stage and shoehorned their way into Tyson Bodiford and company’s sneakers. Fronted by Drew Yardis, who steers his stentorian quiver expertly through the choppy fervor of Mirror Pal’s reverb-heavy weightlessness, the band performed with the gravitas of natural-born rock stars. It was an unexpected twist in their relatively short history and left me slack-jawed – a feeling that remains after having experienced their debut LP, We Are.
As the title suggests, the album is a statement of identity; Mirror Pal’s intermittent demo tracks over the last couple of years have swung wildly from trip-hop to twee pop to everything in between. They’ve landed on a room-filling kind of atmospheric rock that incorporates everything they’ve been toying with and takes it for a long walk.
We Are’s opening track, “What About Plan B?,” is the rocker with breathing room that their tightly produced live show has always begged for. Yardis sets his Jeff Buckley yowl on a rocket ship toward outer space and the results are both rousing and chill-inducing. “Shoes and Socks” and “Caught in the Trees” settle comfortably into a rainy-day groove that transitions nicely into the album’s halfway milestone: an overblown orchestral break with the appropriately pretentious title “Spectrum/Pulse/Patterns: A Message from Andromeda.” If the band at the reins were any less eccentric, the instrumental would come off as self-indulgent and doom the album. Mirror Pal’s spaced-out sound often demands an obsessive control over mood, and it’s a credit to the band that they’re bold enough to maintain it.
We Are’s second half slows to an introspective crawl that remains just as fascinating as the rollicking first half. Songs like “The Night the Stars Counted Us” and album closer “The Itch” riff with a swishing melodic sensibility and commanding contributions from the excellent musicians behind Yardis. The band misses a golden opportunity, though, on the more stripped-down experiments “Can You Try?” and “Watch This.” These are a couple of fantastic, straightforward rock compositions that require an equally raw Yardis, but the production never eases off the layers of effects on his voice. There are times to strap yourself to that rocket ship and times to let yourself fall to the Earth, and if there’s room for improvement anywhere on We Are, it’s in developing that free-falling courage.
As a whole, however, We Are announces Mirror Pal as a force to be reckoned with – locally, and possibly on a national level as well. It’s the walking-the-walk record they needed to make Orlando’s A-list, and they’re nearing the top.
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"Let me tell you, this lineup is pretty damned good. I've had the privilege of not only seeing the ..."Let me tell you, this lineup is pretty damned good. I've had the privilege of not only seeing the headliners, Mirror Pal, play a few times, but also hanging out with them. The one thing I can definitively say about the entire band is that they let their music reflect their love of life, and it comes out as a beautifully correlative sound from independent directions. These guys do nothing short of jam you out into the dance floor. They make a sound you have to feel. So if you had anything to do on the 16th, you might want to change your plans and come see an amazing show. It's way cheap, and probably one of the most talented set of local bands in one place that you'll see all year.
This entire lineup will undoubtedly prove to rock out your night in a stellar fashion. So come chill with us at Backbooth on the 16th, and rejuvenate your life. If you haven't experienced the allure of any of these bands, you can check out any of their myspace's and see what they're all about."
Rock For Hunger Fest
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"Mirror Pal considers their music a candidate for the forgotten genre of "Other" first and foremost,..."Mirror Pal considers their music a candidate for the forgotten genre of "Other" first and foremost, followed by alternative and ambient. This collection of subtle misnomers could be more easily identified in the category of "Avant Garde," or quite simpler - "Art unlike anything you've ever heard of before." Now that's music that sounds attractive. During their brief existence, Mirror Pal has enlightened Central Florida of the appeal of abnormality by dousing the Orlando music scene with a dash of originality and creativeness. Needless to say, their song "Effection" could be mistook for a Radiohead tune, which is a sign of their mass appeal to the artistic underground. Their style is so individually ambiguous that I have heard a fan describe them as "Incubus meets Circa Survive." Judge for yourself." -Rock For Hunger
Orlando Weekly Interview
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"Mirror Pal's indie rock impressed me with its patient ambience, their paranoid fretboards begging t..."Mirror Pal's indie rock impressed me with its patient ambience, their paranoid fretboards begging to hitch a ride on the gelled light beam from a stadium stage rather than bouncing back at them from a dozen ass-soaked barstools The Jeff Buckley countertenor of singer Drew Yardis leads Mirror Pal's rabbit-hole tracks: the foreboding trip-hop "When These Walls Are Down," the sarcastically midtempo "Shoes and Socks" ("This sidewalk ends on this first floor/Just write it off like you don't care/'cause you don't"), which devolves into a minor-chord nightmare of clutter and primal cries, or the Kid A anxiety of "Hands Behind Your Back" ("I give out/I give in/What you took from them isn't that which you intend")"- Orlando Weekly
Around the Sun
Can You Try?
Caught In The Trees
Hands Behind Your Back
Lipless Blame Shifter
Manipulation in A minor
What about Plan B?
When These Walls Are Down
Sets typically last 45-50 minutes although we have enough original material to play for around 2 hours. We might mix in a cover when the occasion calls for it. We have covered artists such as Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix, Al Green, Rage Against The Machine, Marvin Gaye, Incubus, Jason Mraz & Coldplay.
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