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"What passes for Winter" is a band that has a primary Hardcore/Metal influence with underlying whispers of Punk & Alternative based out of Orlando, FL. Thriving off of the energy of live interpretation, they have made a name for themselves in FL by playing diligently through the last 7 years; this is a band that relies only on self preservation. Always willing to play on other people’s shows, but mostly arranging and promoting their own, their story like any other band’s, stemmed from a series of surprising and heart aching member changes .
The current lineup consists of Kadava (ex League of Pain) and Dennis Scelza on lead vocals. This dual vocal attack is one of the things that helped separate What passes for Winter from other local bands in terms of style. Both Boston Hardcore and NY Hardcore styles are equally represented on the microphone. Dennis Scelza is also the guitarrist of the band, as well as the band's main songwriter. This came to be in 2002 - 2004, during his tenure in the prequel to What passes for Winter, "Perpetuating a Stereotype". The rhythm section is lead by originating member Emmanuel Gonzales on bass (also the band's artist) and Dan Ray on drums.
After reforming with Dan Ray as their drummer in 2008, the band was lucky enough to gain continued support & respect from from Central Florida show promoters. This adoration and respect has placed them on shows with such Hardcore/Metal juggernauts as This is Hell, Architect, The Absence, Rose Funeral, Gravemaker, Gargamel, On Watership Down, Lokyata, The world we knew, & SWAATS. They were also the first band to unite the Florida Hardcore/Metal scene with the Florida Drum & Bass/Hip hop Scene by hosting a show called “Tech Death”. These shows displayed not only live bands, but Drum & Bass/Hip Hop DJ’s/Mc's. By reaching out to the electronic side of the spectrum, "What passes for Winter" has managed to diversify their fan base to a notably diverse group of listeners.
"What passes for Winter" has earned respect in the area due to their integrity driven lyrics, hard work, and professionalism. They are a band that doesn't simply exist within a system, but they stake their own claim within it.