When Alejandro Badani moved to Florida from Virginia in 2010 to study Recording Arts at Full Sail, he quickly got involved in the area’s music scene and joined local band Arcadence. The female-fronted progressive rock band (Alejandro says they’re influenced by acts like Paramore and Coheed and Cambria) has played several shows around town, but one of their biggest gigs to date was this past weekend at the Vans Warped Tour.
Arcadence was selected as one of the winners of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands online competition, which earned them a spot on the Acoustic Basement stage at Sunday’s Orlando Warped Tour stop. The band kicked off the stage’s packed schedule on Sunday morning with a 20-minute set. The Acoustic Basement stage, which is coincidentally sponsored by Full Sail, had performances on Sunday from Craig Owens of Chiodos, William Beckett, The Wonder Years, and more. Minutes into their set, the tent that houses the stage slowly began to fill up as festival-goers walking by were drawn in to catch the show. Alejandro says that’s the perk of playing on the Vans Warped Tour: a built-in audience of music lovers. The band hopes that they were able to gain some new fans after their performance.
“We’ve played a couple of acoustic shows before, but the set on Sunday [was] a little different because we’ve always played older songs that transfer over to acoustic, but our new songs are much more progressive,” says Alejandro, who plays bass. “When we play them as a full band they’re really energetic and hard-hitting, and essentially loud, so to transfer those progressive tones over to acoustic is pretty nice and different.”
Managing his time in the band and his work in Full Sail’s rigorous Recording Arts program has been a challenge for Alejandro, but one that’s paid off. “It usually works out pretty well because everybody else [in the band] also works or goes to school, so we practice late at night,” says Alejandro. “The only thing that’s hard is scheduling shows in advance, since I don’t know what my school schedule is like two month ahead, but so far it’s always miraculously worked out.”
Fans who enjoyed Arcadence’s acoustic sounds on Sunday can see those same songs performed in a more high energy, full band setting this Thursday night at The Haven.