Amidst the vast changes from the COVID-19 crisis, the esteemed Miami festival has rescheduled the two night festival, as well as fund to help artists.
Miami- The fallout following in the wake of the current pandemic in Southern Florida has been wide spanning.
From the increase of cases, and an arguably far too delayed response from local governments, the effect has brought local commerce to a sudden and screeching halt, with those caught in it’s wake including that of local events, as the measures to impede the virus continue with stay-at-home orders, as well as social distancing.
With this in mind, while other festivals and shows have outright cancelled their plans and adding to an already unsure atmosphere, iii Points has decided to reschedule for October 16th-17th, as well as adding Rüfüs Du Sol, Partyboi69, ARTBAT, CHROMATICS, and Peaches for a special 20th anniversary performance of “Teaches of Peaches”. to further excite fans.
Tickets are still available, for both GA (2 Day: $149, Saturday/Sunday: $89) and VIP (2 Day: $299, Saturday/Sunday: $159), with all prior purchases being honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available on the FAQ portion of iii Points official site.
In addition, the local festival staple have also announced the iii Points Miami Artist Initiative Fund, with donations benefiting some of those who have been hit the hardest, the artists themselves. With all venues, concert halls and bars being closed to help flatten the curve of the the spread, artists have lost the stages to not only gain exposure and provide a good time for all, but payment for living expenses. The fund extends themselves to local Miami acts that have been affected by the current pandemic who are suffering loss of income, further details of which can be found here: https://www.iiipoints.com/experience/get-involved/
While the world seems upside down at this moment and on these evenings, know this: against the tides, against the odds and against uncertainty, community and music are some of the true faith healers in these time. And while we must by physically distant, for the time being, we can be virtually present in the form of sound, letters and care for those who need reminders the world is still spinning, and we will be dancing together soon.
Further information on iii Points can be found here: http://iiipoints.com
To donate to the iii Points Miami Artist Initiative Fund, or apply for assistance, click here: https://www.iiipoints.com/experience/get-involved/
While the world gets ready to practice social distancing, now more than ever is the time to support sonic intimacy
Florida- The highways are quieter.
Groceries stores are emptying and there is a silent, piano wire discord at the mere sound of someone sneezing. Walking though vacant parking lots, and all the while a dark wind blows.
These past few weeks have seemingly felt like the interior of a post-rock song, with hills and valleys of gorgeous peaks and then near ocean floor lows. As the world spins amidst the chaos, there’s still beauty to be found.
In Italy, a makeshift choir from outstretched balconies sings songs from all genres, taking place of the closed concert halls. Artists are hosting live streams and intimate performances, and doing their best to keep calm in the storm.
In all times of tribulation; war, inequality, and the fear of what tomorrow may bring, great art has been made. And with Covid-19 forcing local businesses to close, so too have venues. And in these times where the music business and it’s creators has heavily relied on 90% of funds for their art, they are hurting more than ever to make that art.
Today, March 20th, Bandcamp has waived all revenue fees so 100% of the profits are directed to the artists who need them most. And so today, we want to send you our own version of a cure. Whether you choose to support them today, tomorrow or the next, we feel these acts deserve a spot on your COVID playlist, as they are some of the best semblances of calm in this whirlwind storm…
Tape Studies- “Demo Sessions”
Link to purchase: https://tapestudies.bandcamp.com/releases
With the news of their debut album, “Kept Underneath” announced for release on May 8th, there’s no better time than now to get your schooling on the incredible Orlando post-rock trio. Their first release, “Demo Sessions” is an earnest example, and the smallest, most enticing of peeks, into what the act has to offer. With a live sound that rivals Mount Kilimanjaro, and the passion to keep those peaks, they are truly a sound that is to be respected and watched,
Song Recommendation: “Hearts Are Low”
In Motion- “Liedentity”
Link to Purchase: https://inmotionfl.bandcamp.com/album/liedentity
One of the most highly underrated acts in Southern Florida, In Motion have not only rekindled a genre, but brought back an identity to it. In this case, angst filled and beautifully brutal sounds that rate anywhere from mosh prompting, to the frenetic dancing that comes with a tsunami of colored stage lights. The Hobe Sound trio are masters in the art of executing a perfect build-up, and one listen to the album, which is still a solid pick for one of the best of 2019, will have you feel this on the first try.
Song Recommendation: “Mood Indigo”
Link to Purchase: https://ghostflower.bandcamp.com/
This is a track we recommend downloading. Then doing it again for your friend. And again for your family member. And then three more times, just for yourself. The Miami sound have slowly, beautifully and deservedly rised from the ranks with their own uniquely scintillating brand of hypnotic. Combining post-punk, electronic and a fierce live delivery from frontwoman Leaf Boehm that rivals the famed UK act, Savages, they are the perfect narration to all of your nights and more,,,
Las Nubes / Palomino Blonde- “Split EP”
Link to Purchase: https://lasnubes.bandcamp.com/album/split-ep
Great collaborations are rare nowadays. While unique mixes still arise, it is rare t to encounter a mesh of two equally potent forces, combining their respective galaxies to form a whole new world. “Split” is a perfect example of this. Taking Las Nubes perfected indie-esque Sonic Youth spirit, and Palomino Blonde’s riproaring rock fuel, it is the perfect album to zone out and enjoy the night to,,,
Song Recommendation: “Seventh Heaven”
Jaialai- “When I’m On The Run”
Link to Purchase- https://jaialaiofficial.bandcamp.com/
The Miami act is the crown jewel of well done psych-rock. Painted tye-dye chemical against a celluloid projection, they can rock you into a perfect sway of their crescendos, or have you enter a twilight realm of chaotic guitars and still a perfect projection of power. They are the ocean made real and it’s here, we feel you’ll get lost in their waves.
Song Recommendation: “When I’m On The Run”
The Spoondogs- S/T
Link to Purchase: https://spoondogs.bandcamp.com/
Picture if the 1970′s renaissance era of post-punk made sweet, sweet love to The Rolling Stones and just a pinch of The White Stripes.
Good mix, right? This is The Spoondogs, and we are proud to introduce you to them. Embodying all those classic photographs of punk and rock icons, and turning them into sound, the Orlando based act are a true wonder to behold, and to lose yourself in the sound to.
Song Recommendation: “I Won’t”
Makoto- “Lavender Forest”
Link to purchase: https://makoto.bandcamp.com/
An exercise in fast fingers, a draw to the end and a good kind of kinetic energy, the Southern Florida act is a truly an exciting whirlwind to listen to. A bit of jazz, a good dose of math rock and all the while, just enough fun to keep you smiling the whole way through.
Song Recommendation: “Just Keep Making Noise”
Winter Haven’s best musical treasure, the band’s debut is one of the strongest we’ve ever heard from any international sound; it is unafraid to be itself, and that is one of it’s greatest strengths. Using a wall of sound that might intimate others, Kalistik are unafraid to climb it’s heights with psych/prog rock, metal and just a pinch of Deftones in it’s wake…
Song Recommendation: “Ginger Cunt”
Death of a Deity- “Death Dealer”
Link to Purchase: https://deathofadeity.bandcamp.com/music
While metal is a genre we are still new to, and with Florida being an epicenter for the genre itself, this West Palm Beach stand out amongst the rest. Not just due to their ambition, and well crafted compositions consisting of standout guitar riffs and heartbeat poundin’ drums, but the love they have for the genre and it’s community. It’s evident in their tracks, with something new to discover on every listen and we give it our stamp of approval for bedroom mosh worthy and car headbanging.
Song Recommendation: “Societal Woes”
Glass Body- “Apathy”
Link to Purchase: https://glassbody.bandcamp.com/
The Miami trio ranks high on our list of albums to purchase, as they are not only one of the singularly best acts we have ever heard, but harbor a den of humble creativity that so naturally exudes from their pores. With a punk ferocity that has been missing from the genre itself, it is a necessary electricfying energy that will hit you right upon the moment you hit play
Song Recommendation: “Candida Cleanse”
Link to purchase: https://donzii.bandcamp.com/
Fresh on the heels of opening for Manchester legends and music heroes, New Order, during their historic first ever US residency, they earned the slot due to the unique, glittering and powerful statement upon every note. From frontwoman Jenna Balfe’s sincerely dazzling arthouse style performance alongside a Poly Styrene inspired style, to the Siouxsie and the Banshees meets the Miami act’s perfect blend of unique, they are a band to behold and support.
Song Recommendation: “Sand”
Now go forth, support your local artists and take care of each other out there….
Miami Psych Fest Announces 2020 Line-Up and Return
The up and coming music festival releases the roster for their third edition, and keeping up the impressive tempo
Miami- With festival season in full swing, and a plethora of competition to manage through, it can be hard to judge just where the sounds may be. And sometimes, as with all projects, the best ones are hidden right before your eyes.
Most definitely the case in Psych Fest, as Eclectic Overdrive has released the lineup for their two day celebrations, taking place April 25th-26th at the artists hive that is the 777 International Mall in the beating heart of Downtown Miami.
Consisting of Damo Suzuki (in their Miami debut), Abbey Rader, Dama Vicke, Crank Sturgeon, Al Lover, Electric Supply Company, Jeff Carey, Jaialai, POORGRRRL, Donzii, and many many more, the festival also stands out as a truly unique and daunting format: 91 of the best acts, all within a 48 hour period.
With Single Day tickets at just $30, and passes for the full 48 hours at $55 (Children under 5 are free), this is not just a chance to see some of the best sounds South Florida has to offer, but in an experience that is unlike any other.
We highly recommend coming out, and we look forward to seeing you there…
Tickets, and more information can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-perfect-trip-miami-psych-fest-iii-tickets-90904027393
iii Points Releases Friday and Saturday Line-Ups, and Single Day Passes
The esteemed Miami festival announces their lineups for their impressive May 1st-2nd return at Mana Wynwood
Miami- While the walls of Wynwood preserve the art of a hundred different hands amidst a city of untapped potential, iii Points provides the opportunity for not just more evidence of the artists that have passed through, but a sonic reverberation throughout the suburb itself.
With an incredible line-up of 100+ acts, consisting of balanced genres and both major and local acts, the fest has announced their day designation for this year’s edition. Friday’s premiere will consist of The Strokes, Disclosure, Stereolab, Ghostflower, Jacques Greene, Palomino Blonde, TIDUR and more; Saturday’s equally impressive announcement will feature Caribou, Tycho, Donzii, Wu-Tang Clan, Las Nubes, Robyn, Virgo and more, with art installations for both days to be announced shortly.
While 2 Day tickets are still available for GA and VIP ($149 and $299), with respectable payment plans available for both tiers, single day tickets have also been released and for today only (March 5th), GA 1 Day tickets will be on sale for $79 (not including fees).
We hope to see you for another notch in iii Points historic belt, and to leave your own graffiti DNA in the sound…
Get your tickets, as well as find further information, here: https://www.iiipoints.com/tickets/
The iconic New Jersey act announce their first US tour in nine years
Florida- If you grew up in the late 90′s, somewhere, with rock posters adorning your walls, in the keepsakes of your most prized youth box is at least one My Chemical Romance album.
The five piece were not only a consistent force dominating local airwaves at the time, but a bastion for the, to quote “Welcome To The Black Parade”, “the broken, the beaten and the damned”.
Combining conceptual albums alongside their own type of rock operas, the group navigated the post-hardcore/emo terrain with a pinch of Queen and their own art style which to this day in their album evolution; graduating from 00′s rock to solidifying their status as a timeless, and powerful act for the ages; the mettle of which, was tested following their initial sold out reunion shows at The Shine in Los Angeles, welcomed with open arms following their quiet dissolution in 2013.
In that vein, and with evidence of the chemistry the act still possess, My Chemical Romance have announced an 18 date US tour, alongside their already sold out UK dates, with a stop at Fort Lauderdale’s BB&T Center on September 26th, with tickets going on sale today (January 31st 2020) at 12pm.
These shows are not to be missed, not only for an opportunity to relive the first steps of rock you may have experienced, or perhaps the stepping stones; but to see the power that the group still possess. A firework show of sound, guitars and as always, just a splash of good danger for your days…
Further information on tickets, as well as a full list of tour dates can be found here: https://www.mychemicalromance.com/tour
iii Points Announce 2020 Line-Up and Ticket Sales
The Miami music and arts festival staple comes back stronger than ever, blending local and international acts
Wynwood- Inside Miami’s many gateway folds, lies a geographical pocket of mural adorned walls, warehouses and a new epicenter for Miami’s art scene. And while Wynwood has long since its established it’s importance to the music and arts scene, the yearly appearance of iii Points then demonstrates just how well a truly well orchestrated music festival can serve as a perfect example of the cities passionate music fans, as well as the strength of its own scene.
Which it has effortlessly done once again, in it’s 7th year as a festival and with a line-up that continues to get better through every evolution, including The Strokes (in their first South Florida appearance since their 2006 at the now defunct Club Cinema), Wu-Tang Clan, Tycho, Stereolab, Caribou and Robyn; as well as local favorites such as Donzii, Jaialai, Palomino Blond, Ghostflower and even more to come.
In addition, the festival will also be broadcasting it’s iconic Boiler Room Stage live.
The festival, which will take place May 1st-2nd, is also offering ticket plans for new and returning patrons for a $9.99 initial deposit for GA ($99 full price) and $19.99 deposit for VIP, which includes expedited entry, exclusive amenities, drinks, food and more ($249 full price), both of which follow 3 payments after deposit.
Tickets go on sale today (January 24th) at 10am and while we always recommend new music experiences, we give iii Points our gold star recommendation. With no less than 5 stages last year, boasting a consistently great and balanced schedule each day, of not just international performers but the best of the local scene, it is truly a mix of something cosmic, wondrous and a pleasure for all senses.
Tickets and further information can be found here: http://iiipoints.com
With a new year, and new decade ahead of us, we recap the best Live Acts Statewide of this past year
Florida- 2019 has been a prosperous music for local music in the state.
With a plethora of albums, EP’s and concerts released before the new decade, in addition to new acts emerging from the already electrified soil, we decided to take our focus on the medium that we believe best proves the true mettle of a band: our selections of the Top 10 Live Acts in Florida.
This proved to be a much harder list than expected, with a great many acts having captured our heart in 2019. However, we stand by this list, and feel that these acts should be the ones you keep your mind, ears and excited soul on in 2020…
The Guttertones (Rock)
(photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
Having formed in just 2019, the duo, composed of Brennan Curtin (drums) and Adam Sheetz (guitar/vocals) perform with the intensity of an act that have been honing their craft for 10 years. Debuting at Bumblefest, their live performances are something inexplicably powerful; with just a guitar, drums and a vox microphone, they can draw in a crowd like flies to sugar, and it helps that the sound coming from the amps is a honey suckle drawl of perfect Southern inspired rock meets the grit of Detroit distortion, all wrapped up in West Palm Beach flair.
They are an act that increasingly better themselves after every viewing, and for that reason and many more, we believe the duo to be one of the best on this list.
Spirit & The Cosmic Heart (Dreampop/Shoegaze)
(photo: Roberto Badillo)
The Lakeland based act has been one we’ve kept on both your radar, and ours, since early this year. Churning and evolving like the Atlantic itself, the group made continued evolving and with each new emergence, seem to just keep getting better.
With their 2nd EP, “Memories” released mid-2019, they are one of the few acts, both locally and internationally, that can sound just as good on record and yet somehow, different. Our best example of this being our personal favorite, “Endlessly”. While the track is an intense Cure meets Mama’s and Papa’s build-up of dreamy romance live, the 5 piece have created an almost alternate reality version of the track on record that explodes just the same, in a different way. And it’s truly the best way to describe the act; something haunting that sparks something individually different, upon every song and every viewing.
Another of our unabashedly favorite local acts, experiencing the 5 piece in any of the five senses, is akin to visiting one of the great art museums of the world- each time.
With visuals being orchestrated by frontwoman Jenna Balfe, a whirlwind mixture of Siouxsie Sioux and Poly Styrene, every performance Donzii puts on is a different painting, in a different time, all along the already powerful hypnotic music that follows from the chemistry of the act themselves. “Sand”, to our ears, is one of the best tracks of this decade by any artist in recent memory internationally. It’s a large claim to make, but an act like Donzii truly come every once in a lifetime, and we are grateful to be living in the same era of music as this incredible band.
While the sound have been a local flavor favorite, we got our first powerful dose of the sound live, at 1306 Miami earlier this year and it was something unlike anything else we’ve seen. Carrying the force of a hurricane inside of a tornadic explosion of guitars, drums and build-up, the performance we viewed consisted of moshing, dreamy visuals and near Renaissance punk vibes, something that is hard to duplicate not due to the sound, but the sheer amount of power it takes to carry such a beautiful weight.
If you have the chance, we highly recommend catching this act in any venue, and watch as you leave out of breath and captivated.
The Spoondogs (Rock/Punk)
The Orlando based sound helped to close out Bumblefest 2019, and demonstrated a performance so great, it never left our mind.
Take The Rolling Stones, Warsaw and just a touch of surf-esque orchestration and you have a truly potent mixture that could fit in any decade and still bring the crowd to a absolute frenzy, something they did to a full house of the Patio Stage in Respectable Street, having those in attendance so enthralled, some stood on tables just to get a glimpse of the hailstorm of guitars that the act wield so well, both live and in recording. If you’re a fan of the above examples, Robert Plant in his prime or classic punk in general, we recommend listening in all methods, ways and feelings possible.
Tape Studies (Post/Instrumental Rock)
Let us tell you a story of romance, ambition, love, the feeling of falling and a thousand sunsets; or better yet, let Tape Studies do it for you. We have expressed our endless respect for the post-rock genre due the basis of composition being that of a storybooks. The unspoken words of feeling itself, and all those moments you didn’t quite know what to say, wishing instead that music would flow out of your lungs. The Northern Florida trio are this exactly, and after watching them perform at Will’s Pub, they also embody the belief that while an orchestra can fill a room, a group with passion can act as a hundred orchestras; something they do effortlessly. With a new album in the works, we greatly look forward to the opportunity of seeing the act again, and we await for you to do the same.
In Motion (Post-Hardcore/Emo)
While the trio have been on our list since mid-2019, they are also our pick for the Best Album of 2019. The post-hardcore genre is one that, while often seen, is very scarcely done right justice and we are proud to say that it’s one they not only excel in, but have brought back incredible light back into. Having seen the act perform as both an unplanned trio and in it’s complete package, we have been thoroughly astounded each and every performance by the wall of enormous sound the Hobe Sound based produce. It’s not hard to see the trio truly love what they do, and we love watching them.
Glass Body (Punk)
This Miami sound is one you read about in the history books. The kind you see in black and white pictures of bands you wish you were able to see, giving performances that seem to bleed sound from image alone and you wish on the stars above you could have viewed. And we’re happy to say, you can and you must. Performing in the small, intimate space of Kismet Vintage in West Palm Beach, the trio are pure, and pardon our language, fucking amazing punk. With incredible Pixies-esque drones meets Sex Pistols explosion, frontwoman/bassist Bridget helps orchestrate performances that are a legendary joy to watch, and one we hope you’ll carve into your concert tablets in 2020…
(Photo: Keith McCullough)
With the debut EP freshly released, and wonderfully, darkly seductive, the Winter Haven group while fresh on our list, are not one to be taken lightly. Having made their powerful debut performance at Jessie’s Lounge (the videos of which can be seen on their Facebook page), they became one of our Florida Project acts simply due to the intensity of the performance. Bringing 70’s post-punk, doom and just the slightest touch of psychedelic elements in an impressive whirl, they are an act we cannot wait to get more in the coming year and are grateful we can jam to on our earbuds in the meantime…
Death of a Deity (Thrash/Metal)
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
The metal scene is one that thrived in 2019, due in part of the incredible acts that have emerged in genre in the past year alone. And while our next picks have been favorites of the South Florida scene, after having the pleasure of seeing the Loxahatchee based act perform at Propaganda Lake Worth late this past year, they make our list for the sheer of power they hold in their ferocious chemistry.
With a swirling, impressive storm of guitars and Abe Cunningham meets John Bonham-esque drums, they succeed in the difficult task of checking of not just one, but all marks of a great rock show: Heavy, orchestrated chaos, headbanging worthy composition and most importantly, enjoying every moment of it, while having all those in their grasp feel the same. With a new album on the horizon, and the preview of those tracks shared during their live performances solidifying our belief in DOAD being one of the great live acts in Florida, we cannot wait to headbang again.
Rose Dickeson (Pop/Jazz)
One of the last, great and most promising examples of the power of, to quote Prince’s album, a piano and a microphone, the effortless composition that radiates from the Port Saint Lucie duo is an unforgettable of Fiona Apple earnesty, Regina Spektor vocals and the soul of Nina Simone, they are an act that are vastly underrated and incredibly potent. If you have a chance to see the act perform, it’s one we highly advise not passing, as they offer experience in the shape of sonic roses you’ll never forget the scent of.
Makoto (Instrumental/Math Rock)
Our final selection for this list, will not be met with the usual “last but not least” blush response but calculated reasoning. The Southern Florida based act are the final cut on our list for the same reasoning that fireworks cap off another rotation around the Sun; for the power lightning storm that roars into the night, and what better way to describe the act than this? As we spoke of in our review of Bumblefest, we thoroughly believe that they should have been given a headline set and we believe 2020 will see them perform that slot at festivals both near and far, for the incredible, anthemic performances they emanate both in record and live. Makoto deliver the types of performances that have your feet sore from jumping, hair in a tizzy from rocking out and most importantly, leave you breathless. It’s a talent they are as skilled at as they are in composing near perfect rock orchestrations. And one we know, will leave you in awe.
We hope you fill your heart with great, new and wonderful music in the new decade. And now, to quote a certain wizard, “ Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
Amidst weather chaos, the Fort Lauderdale music festival creates a rumble of their own with a Glastonbury worthy closer to the year
(photo: Stephanie Vento)
Fort Lauderdale- The cold weather is peeking through the smalls of the rolling waves.
On any other given Sunday, the sleepy seaside would rouse it’s head with a small herd of tourists, local at their already warmed stools along the smattering of bar staples, and lemonade in the hands of the beachgoers.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
Today however, there’s a woman in medical garb telling incoming patrons of Riptide that they will be there later to administer intravenous fluids for those wanting to rid themselves of a hangover before going in to work tomorrow.
It’s a peek behind the metaphorical curtain of the city itself, but all taken in stride as Riptide Music Festival winds down another year, with great succession.
While the next day of any festival always brings slightly drowsy eyes and ready ears, today rivals in the previous day’s excitement, and to a deserved gesture.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
Today brings the finale in the form of idkhow, Barns Courtney, Switchfoot, Reel Big Fish and headliners Jimmy Eat World; the legendary alternative legends that have never taken their foot off the pedal in terms of their songwriting craftsmanship.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
But before we get to there, the clouds roll with the waves, flashing back and forth between expected Florida warmth, and English rain, as Alex DiLeo played an impromptu acoustic set opening the Main Stage, filling in for New Politics who were unfortunately unable to attend the fest at the last minute. And it must be said that it’s a tremendous responsibility he handled well, singing to a modest crowd with an acoustic.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
And just a little ways down the sandbar, past the tempting smells of the food alley, Meg Myers is doing the same but with a dizzying power; readying to perform in intense sparklemotion with an already growing audience swaying as a DJ plays pre-show tunes in the form of reggae remixes of classic Alternative tracks such as Red Hot Chili Peppers. Myers deserves the attention; the unique mixture of ironically Kate Bush and Alanis Morrisette angst, as well as a pinch of Fiona Apple-esque honesty, her music is hypnotic as it is raw in the most beautiful of ways.
When the pounding rain finally slowed enough for the tarps draped over the instruments to be unsheathed (though it didn’t hinder the crowd, who were swaying in the drops proudly) the excitement did not abate, opening with “Jealous Sea” before cresting into the powerful “Motel”.
And as the waves crash just beyond, it’s no stretch to say the musician rivals the power of the sea itself. While Myers came onto the scene with her booming cover of the aforementioned Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”, a track that not only is a classic, but is a sort of unspoken rite of passage for all those who dare attempt to cover it, the discovery shouldn’t stop there. Dive into any track of her catalogue, and you’ll find sounds ranging anywhere from Pixies reminiscent rock with Placebo hues.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
Live, Myers is nothing short of stunning, displaying a quiet and ferocious power, with the only unfortunate portion being the in and out sound issues that would hinder some of the performances on the UndergroundLauderdale Stage this day. In this case, the bass drum being turned up to such a volume that it nearly overpowered all other elements of the otherwise tight act.Nevertheless, Myers special blend of songwriting and power makes her a definite act we not only want to see again live, but will remain on our radar; as should it yours.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
It’s that same vein of discovery that makes Riptide such a vital festival; not only opening ears to new sounds but even more importantly, new experiences.
Some of the best examples being idkhow (I Don’t Know How But They Found Me), who are continuing to pave the path, taking up the torches that We Are Scientists, Hot Hot Heat and Prince lit, and making it into one of the strangest, and funkiest flames we have ever heard. Interjecting humor in between their tracks, they too, are a branch we are intrigued to see grow even further.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
And from here, we jump into an ambition that is scarcely seen, and even less so stateside: the international festival experience.Away from the normal musical local stylings, and bordering on the wonderfully dangerous, it’s a feeling most notably seen overseas and over the pond, where geography not only shapes but maps your musical stylings. Where the South’s southern most tips relishes in ska and punk, Riptide dared to bring this cultural experience in technicolor, perhaps one of the most incredible being Barns Courtney.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
The UK based singer is unlike anything we have seen outside of bootleg footage of Mick Jagger in his prime, proudly flaunting an almost primal energy that had everyone rising to their feet. The 9-song set felt easily like 2 EP’s worth, with a terrific electricity that felt worthy of an area, with tracks such as “Hands” quite literally driving the rainclouds away and bringing in a scorching sun that had long since been hiding; quite literally.
Courtney is the type of artist every person must see once; a human firecracker, lighting up the stage with not only the perfect catalogue of guitars and blues like soul to back a showmanship so large, but bearing a contagious smile that seems to arrive so easily. Proof of this being that there was not a single soul in attendance who didn’t raise off of their beach towels and just start dancing, swaying or flat out jumping to “99” or “Glitter and Gold”.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
It’s a brand of rock you cannot bottle, cannot brand and cannot beat. It’s safe to say that while Barns could make anywhere feel a venue bigger than it is, he deserved a headline set later in the day, when the heat of the day set into a cool.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
And as the sun began to set, an odd situation began to occur in the midst of all the discovery: a sort of towel laying apocalypse.
Again, with good intentions, the festival handed out free beach towels to all who entered the festival. However, with the entirety of the space being a beach, including that of the Main Stage, created a sort of miniaturized chaotic labyrinth arranged within the boundaries of where the pit might be; prompting cold looks when trying to walk inbetween the small cracks and quite literally try not to kick up sand.
It’s an idea we are by no means against, but hope to say an area strictly for towels and those who wish to lounge, to make the experience easier for those who simply want to absorb all the sounds around, including that of 90’s staples, Switchfoot.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
One of the acts whose tracks speak for themselves, in terms of their legacy. They have crafted a bridge across a generation that still remains sturdy, and quite full. with frontman Jon Foreman going straight off the stage and into the the crowd, leaning on supported hands and all with a smile as they began “The Sound”, a track that lives up to it’s name, and perhaps even doubly live.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
Truly one of the more underrated live acts, their set was on grand on all levels. And while smooth sailers like iconic “Stars” may have you momentarily swaying, don’t hesitate as the San Diego act covered Beastie Boys legendary “Sabotage” with their own brand of power.
And with this night slowly, and steadily coming to an end on a fluorescent tempo left by all the bands before them; a sun conducting it’s usual Once Upon A Time In The West sunset, one of the best full doses of the aforementioned international festival experience occurs, perhaps most notably by Catfish & The Bottlemen.
(Photo: Stephanie Vento)
The English act are regular arena and festival darlings performing on the over the seas circuit but still have yet to fully crack the US fully. Due to not only the unfortunate decline of alternative stations to gain airplay from, but moreover the lack of aforementioned festival experiences to truly experience them in, and which the act thrive on.
Opening to a full house on the shore with “Longshot”, it is goosebump inciting. There is a type of inexplicable boom, where the pounding red lights sync in time alongside their Arctic Monkeys-esque riffs. A quiet explosion occurring during “Conversation”, where the rain once again answers from the sky, that you are watching something you may not see again.
You can feel the Earth shake softly with this type of epic energy and leaving one happily breathless, as this happens so scarcely.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
While US arenas are plenty in number, with a regular line-up of stunners occupying them, the rounds often feel a test of business grit at times; with the question always being always the seats themselves, and not those occupying them.
Near everyelsewhere, the chance is one of mettle. To reach that mantle is a feeling that is chased but only if you have the love to deliver it. The arena gig is not so much numeral based, but a near religious experience of dancing with a thousand other people whose ears are in love with the sound just as much as your own.
(Photo: Jenelle DeGuzman)
It’s an experience, and risk, that Riptide nailed beautifully, with Catfish concluding “Cocoon” alongside the rain and the sound dutifully ringing out after they exited.
It’s acts like these that prove just how vast the power of great live performances can be, and we’re grateful that the festival included this.
And as the rain finally, seemingly subsides, Jimmy Eat World enter in, and the band are one of the few that do not need introductions.
(Photos: Stephanie Vento)
Narrating a great part of the 90’s and 00’s rock, they were able to do so in the best of fashions. Much like their compatriots in Deftones and Foo Fighters, they have remained as they took their origins and evolved to something more than one genre could pen in. So too have the Arizonian act grown into something amazing, with every track is just as big in ambition as the next, each bearing their key insignia of chiming guitar riffs and Jim Adkins’ signature vocals.
(Photo: Stephanie Vento)
Opening with a steady set of their hits, including “Bleed American”, which we can say without shame we were dancing with reckless abandon to, they demonstrate that while the climates may have changed, their power in what they do has most certainly not, weaving together a structured and incredible set in the shape of “Pain” and showing the extent of their creativity in “555”, narrated in a blue wash with relatable lyrics and a digital swirl.
They, like all the acts featured in this year’s line-up, are still alight with the passion they started with. Perhaps one of the best moments expressing this being “23”; a Cure reminiscent slow burn that while delivered with that signature Jimmy Eat World bedroom intimacy, is built-up with intensity. Like watching a skyscraper being built in fast motion before your eyes, this is the breadth of what the act can do. Still craft, write and most importantly, perform these songs with the same beautiful level of delivery; even as a curtain of rain comes falling down.
(Photos: Stephanie Vento)
It’s a set of the ages, and one that, even alongside the weather, was magical in every sense of the word.
In a world that seems keen on twisting around the wheel, set on trying just how hard gravity can work, it’s these experiences that are so important. Not in just the terms of disappearing inbetween the notes, as the act close their impressive near 20 song set with infamous “The Middle”, but the necessity to keep the sparkle in your eyes and heart alive.
Recharging in the form of these allowances to remind you: you are not alone in the sound, or your fight, but that the crowd is full of people; all dancing to the same tune, dancing through the chaos.
(Photo: Stephanie Vento)
Whether that is with music, art, or should you really prefer, the intravenous fluid providers who true to their word, were there following the festival with eerie needles in the dark, Riptide reminds you; get caught in the waves every now and again. Some of the best things are found in it’s lit depths. Or, enough to get you through the ride, anyhow.
See our exclusive live capture of Barns Courtney here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdqR8eLp6-g
Your guide to the best local music here, there and everywhere in Florida
West Palm Beach- Here at Readable Noise, we strive to provide you with pleasure for all your senses. And what better way than with great, raw and upcoming live music?
The chance to catch the best new thing ahead of the curve, and at their most explosive? And even better, right before the New Year/Decade to fill your playlists. Find below our best selections fresher than popped champagne, from December 5th to December 12th:
December 5th (Thursday):
Miami: Ghostflower & Glass Body @ Churchhill’s
A dream show in the making, the combination of Ghostflower’s ethereal, heavenly and haunting vocals paired with Glass Body’s visceral punk explosion during Art Basel Week is one not to miss and on our high recommendation list. https://www.facebook.com/events/458654881453362/
Rhye @ N. Miami Beach Bandshell
With serene and unduplicated composition as well as vocals, Rhye is something truly special. Mike Milosh knows how to craft hypnotic, beautiful songs and deliver them with all the smoothness of silk. We have seen the Canadian act perform before, and it’s still one of our fondest experiences, at a venue just as grand. https://www.facebook.com/events/2457351854548195/
West Palm Beach: The Guttertones @ Respectable Street
The Guttertones have been on radar since their debut at Bumblefest earlier this year, and they should be on yours as well. With a White Stripes kick meets Southern honey dipped rock, they play with the power of seasoned players, and upon seeing the duo live, we know you will too https://www.facebook.com/events/470791993825863/
December 6th (Friday):
Miami: Ghostflower @ Churchill’s
Want a double dose of the act, or just happened to miss their performance on the 5th? Here’s a perfect opportunity to experience them, and feel their ghostly charms… https://www.facebook.com/events/505463350055330/
Donzii @ The Ground
It’s not unknown that we love this act. Undefinable and unrestrained, the post-punk/no-wave sound is truly magical, providing a performance like fireworks alongside enigmatic and Siouxsie Sioux-esque frontwoman, Jenna Balfe, arranging their own special brand of performance art alongside it. We recommend attending, rocking out, and getting ready to be amazed https://www.facebook.com/events/975242582824469/
West Palm Beach: Makoto @ Voltaire
The post/instrumental rock group closed out Bumblefest at the Voltaire stage, and it’s our belief to this day, that they deserved headline status. Possessing an energy and enough compositional valleys to leave you in a euphoric tizzy. They return to the WPB venue with that same gusto to wow any and all who view them https://www.facebook.com/events/2854158761490864/
December 12th (Thursday)
West Palm Beach: Death of a Deity @ The Kelsey Theater
The metal genre is a deep dive; with so many sub-genres and their own carrying tempos, it’s easy to unwittingly fall into repetition with riffs that cement a moshers ball to get the crowd going. Thankfully, none of the acts on the above bill fall into that category, and one that especially stands out is WPB’s own Death of a Deity. With layered Deftones guitars and an incredible powerhouse chemistry, we left their live performance with a renewed vigor of not only metal in general, but our hair a mess from headbanging with reckless abandon. https://www.facebook.com/events/474808113053597/
Miami: Donzii @ Gramps
As with Ghostflower, in case you needed that extra Donzii love, or happened to miss their performance at The Ground, here is your double trouble opportunity to be amazed… https://www.facebook.com/events/972098376488801/
And so, we encourage you to go forth, rock out and come back with renewed playlists to rock out to…
(Words: Jenelle DeGuzman)
South Florida’s premiere alternative music festival continues to hit it’s mark in combining the old and new
Fort Lauderdale- FTL has always been a city within a city.
Bordering the Miami gateway and its Northern areas of suburbia, it’s an odd metropolitan escape that has never quite received the note of recognition it deserves. Except for of course, in the arms of its beaches.
Stretching for miles, the solar mirrored sand along the Atlantic is serene as it is comforting, with a State Park nestled almost oddly alongside it. And it’s in this multi leveled plateau that 104.3 The Shark makes it’s home for Riptide Music Festival; South Florida’s only alternative based music festival, following the departure of it’s predecessor, 103.1 The Buzz’s annual Buzz Bake Sale.
The station, started by the former operator of the aforementioned FM local staple, John O’ Connell, is done in good hands and with good intentions; the festival occupying a good stretch and interspersed with two stages in one hand, and a cavalcade of acts in the other including modern staples in the form of The Killers, Silversun Pick-Ups and newcomers, the 1975.
What is so vastly important however, is the reception and welcoming of new acts to the fold; such as White Reaper, who opened the festivities on the Sharkwrecked Main Stage, Friday afternoon.
The quartet from Kentucky are an interesting and refreshing mix of The Cars sensibilities, alongside 90’s pop-punk. With tight melodies, and that special thrill that comes from seeing an act fresh not only in their element, but their ambition. It’s something that instantly makes you smile, and happily sway in their sound, with songs rooted in proper composition but with an unexpected, exciting edge to the performance.
It’s an introduction that is not only needed, but necessary in the genre, allowing new blood in as, no pun intended, chumming the water as proof of existence that the genre is still alive and well.
Whether through the open and unique performance of Morgxn, whose infectious smile and honesty in their performance that touched on Southern gospel rock with an Elton John showmanship, or the female version of Rhye’s silky smooth vocals, in the form of DC’s own Shaed; it’s an infusion that leaves you breathless. This is the new class in it’s prime, and just a taste of some of the forms that are to come.
One of those interests being K. Flay. There is an undeniable, enjoyable bite to her tracks, like a flavor you can’t quite describe but enjoy all the same. It’s a feeling that carries into whose live performance, and makes itself more clear. A gritter version of Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel, Flay’s stage presence is electric, opening “Not In California” to an already palpable crowd, she carriers herself in her words, and using that presence as an instrument itself. It’s something wonderful, and a wonderful addition to the start of the festival.
And with the new, so comes due respect to the those that helped pave way to the current path, in the form of Silversun Pick-Ups.
It’s also here, that we unfortunately ran into the sole issue of the ambitious festival and its current venue.
While the experience is rightfully and Thankfully fan friendly, geared with the right intentions (a day out on the Florida sands, with music and good memories in both the sun and moonlit hours), it made behind the scenes work at times, tenuous. Due to the venue itself, and the corporate strings that do follow with more major festivals operated by outside hands, we were unable to watch more than three songs of most of the bands featured in this review, including that of SSPU, Matt Maeson, and all acts throughout Saturday’s festivities as well.
This is not at all to say the fault fell with the behind the scenes crew, who were more than gracious to all reporting on the festival.
However, with tied hands, the opportunity of accurately capturing the tempo, surprises and the elation of both bands and fans present were a bit chaotic at times, given the strict time restraint allowed by higher powers to capture photographic moments. It was truly the only downside of this otherwise truly special music festival.
After all, where else would you find Silversun Pick-Ups, whose glistening opening song “Neon Wound” was met with incredible, and deserved reception from the audience and perfectly cascading into latest “It Doesn’t Matter”, proudly showing the incredible power and chemistry the quartet still have; or The Revivalists, whose Southern honey tinged rock feels as at home on the picture perfect shore as it does in the glades, dancing to their sway of smooth ballads and jam oriented blues?
In that same vein of great surprises featured in this festival, were Judah & The Lion; a Cage The Elephant style of bombast meets Johnny Rotten explosion. With a flurry of strobe lights greeting their arrival, it was an unexpected and special treat to witness, opening with “Pep Talk” and seamlessly crescending into “Quarter Life Crisis”, frontman Brian Macdonald is a powerhouse to watch, and is reminiscent of those legendary live shows.
Their performance was a truly wonderful treat, with tracks that while undeniably smooth, formed like a punk show and leaving the crowd alight with excitement. Nowhere else will you get audio fireworks other than with this sound, and it’s one we were grateful to see for the time we were given to.
And as the sun set, and the muggy Florida cool of the night set in, the Main Stage crowd began to grow closer in quarters, as the 1975 set the beginning machinations for the final songs of the first night to a frenzied crowd.
It isn’t a stretch to say the fervor attached with the Manchester based group is that of almost reminiscent of The Beatles in the frenetic frenzy that follows them with their audience, which while perhaps surprising at some moments, is not out of the ordinary.
Their digital aesthetic intertwined with modern age love songs are relatable on an odd wavelength, and never left feeling out of place. In addition, their stage performance is electric, with frontman Matthew Healy coming out in full form wearing a Fugazi longsleeve and swinging his mic around as the act performed “Give It A Try”. And while most bands reach for their own brand of identity, as all acts should, it’s extremely rare that a band can actually make their own aesthetic, with a following that actively and appropriately combines photographs of love, heartache and neon with the act’s lyrics; something that the band also do in graphics of vaporwave stylings throughout their performance. Say what you may about the band, who are definitely riding and enjoying their wave, it’s always something special when an act can connect on such a level that sound becomes material.
And it’s on that note that we get to the main headliner for the night, alternative and rock legends, The Killers.
The Las Vegas act first arrived on the scene in 2004 with a then uncarried bombast, catering to a curve no one had quite yet acknowledged, much less heard of. Following in the footsteps of New Order, The Cars and Depeche Mode, it was still a ground less followed as it was sacred.
As it should be, with the new wave acts paving the way for the future, which following the Madchester and deep house tiering, coupled with the arrival of grunge rock and nu-metal, remained a path that seemed to have stopped dead. Enter in the quartet, who not only took back up the mantle, but aimed to become it, releasing “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me” with a glamour and decadence not quite Las Vegas, but not quite English either. They were the perfect hybrid of UK arena interspersed with American ambition, and it’s a formula that is still followed today by the band, albeit with a pinch more Springsteen.
As the band open with signature “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” if you have followed the band since their debut, it’s a consistent and almost parental wonder to see how far they have come.
As with any band you may have grown up with, there is always that glimmer of wonder; something uncontainable that rises like static electricity after it’s first viewing, or listen. It’s a hard feeling to ensure, time after time and after nearly two decades, their formula is still potent.
With frontman Brandon Flowers coming more into his own, drummer Ronnie Vannucci still being the electrifying mixture of John Bonham meets Keith Moon and even adapting with evolution; allowing guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer optional time away from touring while still being part of the experience, something that no band never truly been done before.
It’s a testament to the strength of the act themselves, still able to carry a crowd like absolute ease, performing “The Way It Was” with earnest bombast, and proof of the faith in their tracks. Whereas some acts might choose to leave their hits for the latter part of the set and lure potential new ears into the fold by keeping those immediately recognizable songs to the end, they proudly display it on their sleeve; Flowers leading into “Smile Like You Mean It” with a serene build-up of synths, or even the instant crowd pleaser of “Somebody Told Me”, all with neon graphics accompanying, alongside a glittering assembly of lights, complimenting the show as it’s own type of instrument.
Their regard of the experience to be a apart of the music, giving support to each respective feel is the showmanship of Vegas coming off their sleeves, and it works well.
Including, and most importantly, for the audience themselves, with a recent concert rite of passage that The Killers have started doing at their shows: inviting any potential audience members who dare hold up signs asking to play a track with the band, and honoring that request. Tonight’s aptly named “Victim” was Jayson, a native of Gainesville who accompanied the act on “For Reasons Unknown” and absolutely nail it; mirroring Vannucci’s signature energic frenzy throughout the hills and valleys of the tracks composition, had the crowd chanting following his performance, and deservedly so.
And as the night continued with a spectacular cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl”, and the act’s own “Run For Cover” you see the Las Vegas act still elicit that same special blend of magic the band have created; raising crowds to an electric level, and bringing the best out of tired feet and glittering eyes. It’s a recipe that’s hard to nail, and even harder to consistently deliver. And as The Killers arrived at their closing track, “Mr. Brightside” (cooly and beautifully split up into half Jacques Lu Cont remix and half original banger), with Flowers remarking earlier in the night the incredible spirit of the tightly packed crowd, promising to return next year, is where you see it.
Underneath the moonlight, and river of lasers and lights the desert act combine into their shows, the heartbeat of a crowd coming together for one more song. Right as the last note plays, and the sand settles once more, that smile starts creeping up without any necessary thought. It’s the strength of music delivered right, in a climate that’s created in the best components. And
Thankfully, bands like those featured today, alongside Riptide itself, are helping to truly keep that feeling alive.
See our exclusive live captures of White Reaper here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReS-lFOhMAM
And Shaed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5aNNCRAvec
(Words and Photos: Jenelle DeGuzman)
Our Highlights and Must-See Guide to the 4th Annual South Florida rock festival
Fort Lauderdale- Rock music festivals are an experience everyone should feel at least just once.
For all the possible variables that can occur during a music festival, it is truly an exhilarating whirlwind. Here, you are surrounded by people of the same mind, love and sounds coming from their head and heart, while finding new sounds all along the way; it’s in great music festivals that you realize there is nothing closer to a religious experience than being in the center of a crowd, singing along to lyrics that fill your heart with either a smile on your lips or tears in your eyes.
It’s one of the reasons music festivals are so vital to rock communities, and why Riptide Music Festival is continuously keeping that outlet filled. Now in it’s fourth year and doing it’s best to follow in the footsteps of it’s predecessor, 103.1 The Buzz’s Bake Sale Music Festival, with wonderful results.
And with so many acts to choose from, we’re here to provide you with our choices for Must See acts, both new and known, to make your music festival experience, whether it’s your first or fiftieth, the best yet when it hits the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park from November 23rd-24th
Saturday- November 23rd
White Reaper (12:25pm at the Sharkwrecked Stage)
The Louisville, KY act makes our list for not only their successful mesh of 80′s rock meets modern indie, but the flair in which they deliver it. Delivering a mesh of Kings of Leon and The Strokes meets The Cars, we are excited to see the live performance the band will deliver on the FTL shore. You too can get your dancing shoes ready by listening to “Judy French” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahglrb_z7wQ
Silversun Pickups (3:40pm at the Sharkwrecked Stage)
The seminal L.A. outfit bring their enthralling, midnight drive through dusty roads and the possibility of the unknown to Riptide and it is a set we do not recommend missing. Having made their presence known during the indie renaissance of the early 00′s, they have continually adhered and stayed true to their strong sonic delivery, present in their latest, “It Doesn’t Matter” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nsJ8hnRkW4
Judah and the Lion (6pm at the Underground Lauderdale Stage)
While Judah and the Lion are the perfect autumn band, with beautifully layered and warm chords, the band knows their way around the art of a build-up, most especially live. The Nashville act are one the greats in their field, one of the best examples being the soars and dips in “Queen Songs / human” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxAdjRUVRbs
The Killers- (8:25 at the Sharkwrecked Stage)
Arguably one of the greatest modern rock acts of all time, the Las Vegas outfit have continued and held their reign since first emerging in 2004 due not only to their unrelenting and earnest ambition, but their ability to write truly magical acts alongside crowd banging and incredible lyrics with their musical chemistry. With a new album announced on their social media platforms alongside a UK arena tour, and the possibility of new material being debuted at Riptide, we’re choosing to share their live debut of “Run For Cover” from the Borgata in 2017, because it is only by seeing The Killers live, that you can fully understand why the ground seems to shake upon their arrival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMjr4JDgNKg
Sunday- November 24th
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me a.k.a IDKHOW (12:10 at the Sharkwrecked Stage)
The Salt Lake City duo, with their intriguing mix of We Are Scientists and 21 Pilots dip their brush not only in styling, but flair. Mixing a pinch of Weezer nostalgia with their own hypnotic showmanship, we’re excited to see how their performance carries the day as they open the Sharkwrecked Stage on Sunday. We have faith in them, after seeing “Social Climb” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vYwys2e_FA
Meg Myers (12:45pm at the Underground Lauderdale Stage)
While Myers game on the radar through her powerful cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”, after digging into her material, it’s no wonder why the cover is so vast, as her power and unique sounds are reminiscent of the aforementioned English rock queen. With Placebo like grit, amidst an almost Alanis Morissette meets Depeche Mode type angst and put through a Bat For Lashes filter, it’s an almost impossible mix that Myers delivers with her own flavors beautifully, leaving us at the impossible turn of finding one track to highlight. So we’ll cheat, and recommend “Jealous Sea” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5iBlwXp4lk) and “Desire” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR5u9jb0PJE)
Barns Courtney (3pm at the Sharkwrecked Stage)
Jack Stauber in a UK sound, the musician delivers strong, epic and fantastic tracks that possess that perfect feet carrying sound that could fill arenas, intimate venues and of course, the beach. We recommend ‘You & I” for it’s unique notes and just all around good feeling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92-eHSMdBG0
Catfish and the Bottlemen (6:20pm at the Sharkwrecked Stage)
The UK rules the festival, and with good purpose with acts such as the Wales quartet who are keeping UK indie rock one of the best musical styles, and adding their name to it’s fantastic torch bearers. Want proof? Click here to listen to “2all” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI5o26DCrDk
Jimmy Eat World (7:30pm at the Sharkwrecked Stage)
The Arizona based sound have done the impossible in their long standing tenure: Writing prolific rock anthems that are still classic to even now, being known internationally by just the mere mention, continuing their legacy with incredible tracks and of course, still delivering jaw dropping live performances with their signature alternative kick. And it is only here, that we will indulge ourselves by featuring “Bleed American” as our choice of highlight; not due to it’s popularity, but the sheer incredible songwriting present. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft1lxiWFbDk
So get ready, get set, and enjoy the sounds…..
Find festival information, tickets, full line-up and more by visiting https://www.riptidefest.com/
The Tampa Bay based trio bring the infamous ‘wall of sound’ back into the rock genre, with passion, love and starlight in their wake
Florida- There is a sound stirring. Somewhere, in the far off distance, something has re-awakened.
As dormant as it may have been, it’s power is immediate; visceral. Like a great thunderclap ringing through the night, or perhaps like the literal clap of thousands of open palms and readied feet, waiting for the right power to carry throughout the area walls.
It isn’t the trailer for a new film, but the definition of arena rock.
Iit has always been there, powerful and omnipotent, it’s an art form that while debtatable, cannot be denied for the level of skill it requires.
To compose songs built for the amps, not Spinal Tap loud but resonant in it’s immediate response, and most important of all, sounds that can carry universal feeling. These are the sounds that shaped your youth; the ones you watched on the media of your choice in live concerts and left running in the background as you mouthed every word, or else simply sat in front of the TV and just wondered how that was possible. To create something so vibrant, so powerful that you can feel the bass heavy thumps from the amps in your chest, just as if you were at the barrier.
Whether it was U2, New Order, Muse, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Killers or any of the other rock giants, the inspiration level stemming from your speakers or otherwise even more magical, in person, is irrefutable. This is live music at it’s best; and yet one of the most notable points of interest is there have arguably been no bands formed within the last 10 years that have been able to accomplish this task.
Arena brand rock has somehow become a less purveyed form, partially due to level of ambition associated with it; legend has become legend and while many bask in the light from the trailblazers, most neglect the fact that the stairs to that pantheon are still there. Waiting for those with musical hearts of reckless abandon, arrows shot toward the moon and happy even just to remain in the same gravity as the stars themselves.
And it’s here, we enter WD-HAN. The best band you haven’t heard of…yet. For the pun worthy remark that the name is cleverly an abbreviation for “We Don’t Have A Name” and the sheer fact that the Tampa based trio are ready to burst into their own, with songs that once listened to even once, will have you asking “How have they not played Staples Center yet?”.
With humbleness and a love for what they do, in addition to the already lovely and potent chemistry of vocalist/guitarist Spencer Barnes, drummer Lea Campbell, and bassist Cal Henry, it results in something truly special. With two albums under their belt and a third soon to be released, their tracks bear the hallmarks of the greats, and all the heart and thunder of Greek heroes. We speak with the act on their inspirations, the current state of rock, and their sparkling future…
First and foremost, the question that must be asked. Does WD-HAN still not have a name, as abbreviated?
Spencer Barnes: Ha! It’s one of those mysteries that may never be solved… What we know for now is that the official name of the band is just WD-HAN and it stands for “We Don’t Have a Name.” I have no idea if that means we have a name or not. We’re just going to keep playing music and let everyone else decide.
Your music is a perfect mix of something like Neon Trees, that grime of The Black Keys and bombast of The Killers, accessible in the best of ways with a touch of complimentary pop. Do you feel pop in any genre should cease to be a dirty word, and more a recognized/respected as a style that has just as much potential to explore and grow in?
Spencer: I really don’t agree with any sort of musical snobbery, for a couple of reasons. First, being an artist means being able to find the beauty and worth in things, and though I might not seek out pop music that often, in its time and place it can be a ton of fun! Second, listening to as much different music as possible forms the bows in my songwriting quiver. For me as a lyricist I think good pop music is a distilled and sometimes impatient version of what’s good about songwriting. It is popular music after all, so I see it as something I can learn from and becomes part of a balance in my songwriting.
Cal Henry: Yes, absolutely! Artists are artists and they should create what they want, regardless of what genre it is. The world needs more art!
You have a new single out, what influenced that track and what has been on your playlists as of late?
Spencer: The new song is called Summertime Star Sign and it’s the story of me losing a loved one and not getting a chance to say goodbye before he passed away. Actually, more like not making the chance and not realizing I didn’t have more time to see him. This song is really me saying goodbye. It’s a sad subject, but the song is hopeful as well and I think a lot of people will be able to relate to it.
My favorite band at the moment is Young the Giant. They’re incredible and I think their songwriting and production is so dynamic.
How long have you been together as a band, and how did you get acquainted with one other?
Spencer: We all met in high school, and have been playing together since. I think my first gig with the band was in 2007? Wow, it’s been a long time! For us, though, this isn’t something we’re doing for a while in college, and we’re not all playing in 6 bands hoping one of them makes it. We’ll be playing together as WD-HAN until we physically can’t anymore.
Lea Campbell: We originally met in high school and have been together ever since! About 12.5 years. Wow, I feel old now!
Spencer, you’re from Australia. A question we are always interested to know is how a scene has influenced a person as it’s where you grow as a person that is a big part of the design in the art you create. The Aussie scene has yielded quite a boastful arsenal of artists with that big, crisp sound that is also present in your music. How does the scene there compare to here, and what have you taken from it?
Spencer: I grew up in Melbourne, which has an amazing music scene. However, I was pretty young when my family moved to the US so I didn’t get much chance to experience it. The music scene I did get to see first hand was Florida in the mid 2000s, which was huge in the metal genre. At that time, more than anything for us it was an exercise in persistence and belief in what we were doing vs others, as our style of music wasn’t that common in our area. Nowadays, the music scene in Florida is amazing and we’ve been able to meet and play shows with a ton if incredible bands. It’s a great place to be from as an artist!
Lea and Cal, the same question to you both; where did you grow up, and what were the moments that made you want to become an artist?
Lea: I’m originally from Michigan but did most of my growing up in San Jose, CA and Clearwater, FL. I was lucky enough to grow up in a musical household with a dad who plays guitar and drums. A set of drums appeared in our house one Christmas when I was 14. I immediately began jamming with my dad and eventually joined WD-HAN
Cal: I was born in New Jersey and moved to the Tampa Bay area when I was six. So most of my growing up was done here in Florida! I decided to become a musician after hearing Jimi Hendrix. Playing our first show was another big moment for me, that adrenaline rush was something I hadn’t experienced before and I wanted to do it again and again!
One of the reasons for this project is to not only reinforce how strong Florida’s music scene truly is, but to bring it more together in support of local bands supporting other local acts. What are some of your favorite local acts right now?
Spencer: Honey, What?, Kodiac, Lions After Dark, Napoleon the Wilderness, The Bad Verbs, Highland Kites…so many and they seem to keep coming up more and more now.
Cal: Ashley Smith and TRO, HoneyWhat and Tides of Man. We have some good friends in those bands and they’re great musicians too!
There is a growing, and more acknowledged presence of women in the music industry, especially behind the kit with an example of Leah Shapiro, Kim Schifino, and yourself Lea. Who were some of your female inspirations in music, and who are some of your current favorites?
Lea: Aw, thank you! It is a HUGE honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as those guys! I have been inspired by so many badass musicians out there, guys AND girls. Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind), HAIM, Alanis Morrissette, Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries), Dead Sara, Emma Richardson (Band Of Skulls), Juliet Simms, Wendy Ann Melvoin (Prince), Hayley Williams (Paramore) and SO MANY MORE!
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And following up with that question, what would be your advise to any female musicians who are just starting to either get into music, or the scene in general?
Lea: Pick up an instrument and start playing it! Don’t be shy. You can even learn some of your favorite songs on YouTube! Then start playing with friends or find some other musicians. Chances are, they would be stoked to have you jam with them! Share your recording or videos on social sites and just get crankin!!!
What is the most surprising influence each of you have?
Spencer: I don’t know that I have many really surprising ones! I do like a lot of the old crooner music, like Sinatra, Davis Jr., Martin.
Lea: Beyonce. Of course.
Cal: Biggie, Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco
Arena rock is an avenue we’re seeing less and less of due to a variety of reasons: the decline of rock radio stations, the desire to follow in the footsteps of it’s forerunners or a diversion to the mainstream.
Spencer: Wow, what a question! I think when I’m performing I’m not necessarily thinking about how I fill the room, other than I want the people there to get something from me. It doesn’t have to be a literal listening to every word, but I want them to feel what we’re trying to say as a band. A concert is amazing because it’s a conversation, it’s an ebb and flow. I play that way whether it’s 50 people or thousands.
Cal: Wow, thank you for comparing us to U2! That’s incredibly high praise. We all have a shared reality of the kind of music we want to make and have made in the past. We all love Rock music. Each of us have a good idea of what interests the others so when we’re all excited about a song it’s a good sign. I love playing and creating music with Spencer and Lea. And we just create the kind of music we love to play.
I personally don’t have the idea that rock is dying. There are so many great bands still making incredible music today. For example I’ve been listening to Third Eye Blind’s new album, “Screamer” every day since it came out. They started in the 90’s and are still going strong! Their first album was the first CD I ever got
What would be a dream band to tour alongside, or a producer you’d like to work with?
Spencer: I’d love to tour with Young the Giant or Third Eye Blind. I just think what they do is amazing and it’d be a hell of a show every night for us to share the stage with them! As far as producers, we have been really fortunate with the ones we have worked with so I’ve got no complaints. I would love to work with Jeff Bhasker and Alex Salibian, producers of Home of The Strange for YTG, though!
Cal: There are so many! Beck, Third Eye Blind, Walk the Moon, John Mayer, Oh Wonder, Young the Giant, Coldplay… Ryan Tedder would be amazing to work with and Justin Meldal-Johnsen too! And of course Alex Arias!
You’ve toured Asia to a great degree of success. Having been, how do you feel music is received there, and how does it differ from the US?
Spencer: We’ve specifically been to Taiwan three times and I can’t even describe how amazing that island is. The people there are incredibly kind to any foreigner and their reception of us was no different. If we looked lost in the street, within 30 seconds someone would ask if we needed help! When we played music, that carried through and they were so appreciative. We were the ones honored to be there, and they were treating us like U2 had come to town. It was surreal.
Is there a country you’d like to tour to in the future?
Spencer: Anywhere and everywhere. I can’t wait to tour Europe, but if we get the opportunity to play anywhere that it’s reasonably safe to do so, I’d do it.
Lea: I would love to tour in the UK! What history!
Cal: Italy - the food over there is incredible!
What’s your favorite song you’ve written thus far and why?
Spencer: That’s cruel! Seems funny, but my favorite is usually the one we most recently wrote. Right now, Summertime Star Sign would be it, just because it’s such a personal story for me.
Cal: It’s hard to choose just one so I’ll bend the question a bit and say our three latest recordings. Summertime Star Sign just came out and the other two will be following shortly! We worked with Alex Arias to come up with what I feel is our best work yet. We weren’t rushed in any aspect of making these songs and they represent us really well.
And finally, we always like to wrap our interviews with a question that has proved difficult for the bands we’ve interviewed but we have fun asking: if you could each pick one lyric to describe yourself as a person, what would it be?
The lyric could be your own, or from a different artist entirely.
Spencer: I think I can answer this for the group -
“Wonderboy, what is the secret of your powers?”
- Tenacious D
Listen and purchase “Summertime Star Sign” here: https://fanlink.to/summertimestarsign?fbclid=IwAR1Z9JC1gLE88UbG5UiHpOzJbwlTJwTYOktmeGQk3xRB8OetN2dDuHMBkW4
Find more information, upcoming tour dates and all things WD-HAN here: https://www.wdhan.com/
The EP does it’s part in packing a punch; with sounds direct from the depths of 1970’s post-punk renaissance
Famously, Rob Gretton, upon the final pressing of the Factory Records Sampler handed out free copies to anyone who would have them on the street as a way to not only promote the album, but share his enthusiasm for it.
A DJ by trade, who doesn’t want to share music? As a side note, and ironically, those pressings are rare and worth an incredible amount both monetarily and as sentiment but it’s that spirit of creation; sharing an album whether it was due to it being a band’s virgin voyage, or just that the album was that good.
And in that sense is where Miami group, Donzii’s second EP, “Gladugly” fits. The kind of record you hear people speak of in documentaries or that wistful look in the eyes of old school punks when they try to explain the unexplainable in the experience of hearing David Bowie, Joy Division, Roxy Music or Siouxsie and the Banshees for the first time.This otherworldly, strange, hypnotic terrain that had not yet been explored, much less created before. The strange sensation of what it is to hear music that, while inspired by predecessors, still is so beautifully original, it may as well be categorized as never having been done before.
“Gladugly” is that. It’s the kind of album that, if shared with post-punk acts in it’s Renaissance of late 70’s to early 80’s, they would have wished they had wrote it themselves.
The EP takes the grime, unfiltered rebellion/angst/yells and passion of the genre and combine it with an odd MIA tint that is recognizable but not pigeon-holed.“Luxury Condo Theme” is the perfect example of this, led by a anxious bass throb as Jenna Balfe sings “Something in the world ain’t right.”, the beat and Mad Max-esque guitars making the world neon and monochrome and powerful.
Our personal favorite however, is without a doubt “Sand”. A Siouxsie meets This Mortal Coil goth ballad that swoons, twists and turns. A powerhouse live, as much as “Green Elevator” could make the bleakest room light up in technicolor, there is a special quality to this.It’s not the past, and most certainly not the present. But something else.
A kind of place that time opens only ever scarcely, reserved for only those special releases upon the first spin.And we feel that “Gladugly” will go down as one of those records.
Purchase “Gladugly” here and support local artists: https://donzii.bandcamp.com/album/gladugly-ep
(pictured: Big Bliss)
As the eighth annual Bumblefest comes to another successful close, the festival reminds locals and visitors just how important the Florida music scene is.
West Palm Beach- 6 venues. 40 bands. Nearly sprained ankles.
It’s not a punk show per se, but it’s the spirit of one. The 500 block of Clematis Street is coming alive for one last massive go-around as the cafes and venues buzz with the unbeatable enjoyment of an amp’s hum and later into the night, the pure joy that comes from watching local bands play to friends, fellow bands and the new ears that are experiencing these bands for the first time.
And that’s what it truly comes down to: the ability to showcase how diverse, deep and passionate the Florida music soil is and has always been. From punk, to rock, to dreampop; alternative, indie and goth-rock, there is something for even the most picky of tastes because there is music everywhere. In the cobbles, in the alleyways and on the rooftops as the stars seem to even echo back the ambition.
Purehoney Magazine’s Bumblefest pulls off the near impossible with a pretty beautiful explosion of appreciation, sounds and most importantly, the love of good local bands. And there’s not much more you can ask for.
We look forward to next year and another experience of new music in our pockets and dancing ears…
(pictured above: The Treetops at Subculture)
(pictured above: Turtle Grenade as Kismet Vintage)
(pictured above: Nervous Monks at Subculture)
(pictured above: Boston Marriage at Subculture)
Minichrome In Stereo performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPqGMAYit0M
(pictured above: Mega Fluff at Voltaire)
(pictured above: All The V Words at Respectable Street)
Minichrome In Stereo performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOPAOrLp3sg
(pictured above: Las Nubes at Respectable Street)
(pictured above: Ghost Party at Voltaire)
Soundcloud Audio: https://soundcloud.com/readablenoise/ghost-party-at-bumblefest-2019
(Respectable Street before the storm)
(pictured above: The Darling Fire)
Minichrome In Stereo performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmOcHARkGV4
(pictured above: Spirit and the Cosmic Heart at Voltaire)
Minichrome In Stereo performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y60Fja8MZrQ
(pictured above: Big Bliss at Respectable Street)
(pictured above: Obsidian at Respectable Street)
(pictured above: The Spoondogs at Respectable Street)
Soundcloud Audio: https://soundcloud.com/readablenoise/the-spoondogs-at-bumblefest-2019
Words and Photography: Jenelle DeGuzman
View more exclusives, including a full performance from Glass Body, and audio of Makoto performing “Honey Ginger” at the official Readable Noise Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/ReadableNoise
(pictured: Adam Sheetz of The GutterTones)
Day 1 of the 8th Annual local festival staple proved in just a handful of bands, the immense talent that is inside the S. FL music scene
West Palm Beach-
The streets are alive with, for intents and purposes, energy. While that might not have been the direction you thought this to be going, this is the constant scene of the Southern Florida music scene.
With every turn of the block, a sweet surprise for the ears of the casual listener and for the more detailed of eyes, unbridled support.
At Purehoney Magazine’s 8th Annual Bumblefest, featuring an ambitious and daunting 40 band roster, bands joined the cheers and thumping feet of their fellow featurees amdist packed venues and acts who were ready to truly give their all, with genres spanning hip-hop, to indie, to punk and just all out rock ferocity.
Below is our photographic, audio and visual documentation of the electricity we hope you will be able to feel through your speakers, monitors and all senses…
(American Sigh at Voltaire)
Readable Noise live recording of American Sigh here: https://soundcloud.com/readablenoise/american-sigh-at-bumblefest-2019
(Coolzey at Respectable Street)
Minichrome In Stereo: Coolzey (Part 1)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6OXme6-4EM
(The GutterTones at Voltaire)
(Dust Fuss at Respectable Street Patio Stage)
(Electric Supply Company at Respectable Street Main Stage)
(Palomino Blonde at Respectable Street Main Stage)
Minichrome In Stereo: Palomino Blonde (Part 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUuANnsxP9o
(Ghostflower at Respectable Street Patio Stage)
Words/Photography: Jenelle DeGuzman
Stay tuned to http://facebook.com/ReadableNoise for more upcoming Bumblefest 2019 coverage
Day 4 of our deep dive into the best local bands of the two day West Palm Beach based music festival
West Palm Beach- We’ve spoken of the hallowed venues amidst the 500 Block of Clematis Street. Small haunts, and the sacred ghosts of those past, sit quietly in repose in the daytime as the train tracks and bus exhausts narrate the rest of the daylight.
But upon moonrise? The cement blocks that hold the history of all the sounds it has absorbed, come alive in neon glory, reverb and, coincidentally, best described as the name of our fourth pick for best local acts at Bumblefest, The Darling Fire.
The Southern Florida based act will be playing the Respectable Street Main Stage, Saturday September 14th at 9:30pm, and while we still encourage you to sample all of the flavors you can of the Florida acts that will be playing the festival, The Darling Fire make our list due in part, to their ambition.
A beautiful, and passionate combination of The White Stripes, the storming ferocity of The Doors and a touch of Metric, the five piece are a force to be reckoned with. Though the band itself is in it’s infancy (it’s members, all seasoned local vets of the scene) they have quickly and impressively earned the accolade of becoming a statewide favorite, drawing a steady following everywhere from Orlando to Miami. Not just because of their compositions, but the flames the band kindle through their sound, with hills and valleys that always remain fresh with every listen.
We posed our Bumblefest Introduction Questionnaire to Jolie Lindholm, frontwoman and guitarist of the group, to get you excited and as always, dancing.
The first artist you were influenced by?
Jolie Lindholm- For me personally, this would have to be The Beatles. My parents used to play their albums continuously through our home stereo when I was younger and I would sing along to every word. I’ve always loved their melodic sensibilities.
How did you all meet, and how have you influenced each other since?
JL- Our guitarist Jeronimo and I are married and played together in the early 2000’s in a band called The Rocking Horse Winner on Equal Vision Records. We knew our drummer Steve from back then as well. He was an old friend and played in the band Further Seems Forever. We ran into our guitarist Matt and asked him to join after writing a couple of songs. Gregg was a good friend of Steve’s and was brought in last. We’ve become close and work so well together. We definitely have the same idea of what kind of direction we’d like to take this band - which is as far as we’re able to. We’ve brought slight variations in musical taste to the table and that helps shape the sound.
Favorite local act?
JL- That’s difficult to answer - there are so many great Florida bands…but some of our favorites that we’ve shared the stage with this year are Rilian from Tampa, The Pauses from Orlando, In Motion from Hobe Sound and Palomino Blonde from Miami. All of them work so hard, write great music and put on a great show.
What was the first instrument you learned?
JL- Well, the very first instrument I learned to play was my own voice. I’m still learning…
Your favorite local spot?
JL- My husband Jeronimo and I have become Friday regulars at O'Shea’s in West Palm recently. The staff are awesome and it’s a pretty relaxed crowd.
How is your local music scene, and what’s one good thing about it; similarly, one thing you wish you could fix?
JL- Our local music scene is very eclectic. There are a lot of great hardworking bands within different genres in the area, if you know what to look for. The bands are also supportive of each other. One problem would be the lack of venues. There aren’t as many cool places to play as I remember there being back in the day.
Where was the first show you all played at?
JL- Our first show was in December of last year at Voltaire. We had a great turnout and it was nerve-wracking, but so much fun at a great venue with a group of bands we were so glad to have been able to put together. It was the best experience we could’ve wished for, for our first show.
What is the driving force of your music now, and what are your hopes in terms of evolution/development of that sound?
JL- We play what we would like to hear and are having a great time! We hope to gain some listeners along the way. We continue to write and our sound is naturally evolving in the process.
JL- We’ve continued to write new songs since the release of our album Dark Celebration on Spartan Records in June and are looking forward to releasing something again very soon!
And finally, what’s the feeling that you hope to have listeners and those who come out to your shows, leave with?
JL- In my opinion, our music is heavier and more energetic for our live shows than may come across on the album. I think it’s important to experience bands live when possible, so you can really feel the emotion that went into the songs and get a better sense of what we’re all about.
Listen to “Dark Celebration” here http://thedarlingfire.bandcamp.com
Purchase Bumblefest Tickets here: http://bumblefest.com
Day 2 of our deep dive of the best local bands to feature on the two day West Palm Beach based music festival
West Palm Beach-
It’s no surprise that Respectable Street’s roots are in rock. Being a local legend in the cement of the 500 block of Clematis Street, it has played host to many a legend including Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Misfits and more and you can feel it in the small walls of the venue. It is a small, and unique piece of history in addition to being a necessary outlet for local acts. Giving an outlet and voice to that acts that echo off it’s indoor and outdoor stages.
And it’s one of the many stages that Pure Honey Magazine will be utilizing to host the 40 acts being showcased at the two day festival, taking place September 13-14th. And while we still encourage you to sample all of the flavors you can of the Florida acts that will be playing the festival, here is our second pick from our Top 5 list: In Motion of Hobe Sound, FL.
The trio have time and time displayed a incredible power in the extremely rare and wonderful feat of capturing that same energy both on recording and off, most notably in their upcoming album, “Liedentity”
And they do by continuing the emo/pos-hardcore genre; shredding it’s stigma and doing what most great rock acts have forgotten: the ability to join together a crowd with the most blistering, honest and impressive guitar chords possible; reminiscent of a strange and wonderful mixture of the guitar chords from Fred Mascherino of Taking Back Sunday with the music of NOFX and just a pinch of Papa Roach, along with the live sting from the photographs of the best punk acts. Composed of Bo Campbell, Bobby Rowan and Weasel, we put our “Bumblefest Introduction” test to, the test, in an introspective interview to give you just a peek into the Hobe Sound trio, including their favorite local bands, what they hope to leave in their impression, and a whole lot of Bruce Springsteen.
What is the first song you remember ever listening to?
Bo: Not sure of a specific but the Fleetwood Mac “Rumors” album comes immediately to mind. My mother would play it over and over again on cassette for me.
Bobby: “Born to Run” - Bruce Springsteen
Weasel: “Over the hills and far away” by Led Zeppelin . My dad used to play it on his guitar all the time . I absolutely love that song
The first artist you were influenced by?
Bo: Eminem, he had the first song that ever made me cry and I had to figure out how to get my CD player to make a song repeat. I wanted to create that for someone else.
Bobby: Bruce Springsteen, lol
Weasel: Led Zeppelin for sure !! John Bonham is my absolute idol !!!
How did you all meet, and how have you influenced each other since?
Bo: Weasel and I went to school together since the 2nd grade. We met Bobby years later from playing a lot of shows with an old band of his “Dead Broke & Homeless. We all love each other that helps more than any musical influences but ours do vary vastly so I’m sure that’s a thing that help shapes whatever we sound like.
Bobby: I met Bo and Weasel while I was playing with another local band maybe 7/8 years ago. Joined the band 2? years ago. I believe we influence one another by our own personal traits like the top traits and when we get together we just put it all out there and it ends up meshing together.
Weasel: Bo and I met in elementary school in 2nd grade but we became extremely close in 10th grade and started hanging out. I actually used to sit in on his bands practices and dreamt of playing music with him, and finally it happened one day and I remember that phone call so vividly !!! Bo and I influence each other constantly and feed off of each other it’s a weird unspoken amazing feeling !!! Bobby and us met when bo and I were like 21-22 playing local gigs in our area . We immediately loved him and everything about him actually when we were looking for bass players all I could think about was Bobby. Finally after a year or so of being a duo Bobby came on board and we couldn’t be happier he has pushed us in directions I would have never thought to go and it’s incredible!!! It’s like a band of brothers and I love them so much !!! Wouldn’t want to play with anyone else !!!!
Favorite local act?
Bo: Summer Gill. Also all of the ones that play passionately even if the room is empty
Bobby: Spirit and the Cosmic Heart for me personally, just more my vibe. Glaze from Tampa is pretty rad too!
Weasel: A Faint Rememberance from Port Saint Lucie. They shove so many genres in one song it’s incredible
What was the first instrument you learned?
Bo: manipulating tapes to sound gross in an old recorder if that counts. If not piano or guitar. I don’t know what I sat down with first.
Bobby: Saxophone, 2nd grade. Played that shit to get me into college.
Weasel: A lot of people don’t know this but my mom taught me how to play the spoons ! Lol if you don’t know what that is look it up !!!
Your favorite local spot?
Bo: Voltaire and the woods behind my house
Bobby: I don’t really get out much any more, but growing up in PSL, Exodus coffee shop was the first place I ever performed an open mic and saw some of my first in state bands. Currently, if it would be a coffee shop so I’d say Bunkhouse Coffee in Jensen Beach. It’s right around the corner from my place and they just have the nicest staff, best options and the best pup.
Weasel: Favorite local spot to play is Voltaire !!! But local spot in general it’s definitely any skatepark in the vicinity!!!
How is your local music scene, and what’s one good thing about it; similarly, one thing you wish you could fix?
Bo: I’m glad there’s a lot of different sounds to find. I’m glad there are lots of good people that put hard work into making it possible.
I wish it was less cliquey though. I know that exists everywhere. Sometimes it feels like being cool or looking it is the most important factor and to me that’s the complete opposite and least important reason of why you should pay attention to something. That’ll probably never go away but I’ll still complain about it. More all ages venues would benefit almost every artist.
Bobby: Over the last 10 years the local scene comes and goes, just like anywhere else. There’s not one place just dedicated to live music, other than Terra Fermata, but the music performed there typically isn’t my vibe so I don’t attend the performances there.
To me, The Stamp In Vero Beach is a prime example of what can happen around the southern part of the Treasure Coast. A dive bar, with built in locals, that are always there and have an appreciation for all types of music, not just beach/reggae vibes.
If I had the funds or partner to open a more “underground” venue between PSL and Hobe Sound I would, there are so many artists around this area that really just need a home.
Weasel: Local scene is what it always is, up and down. But it will never go away. The only thing I wish I could fix is more people wanting to see local live music.
Where was the first show you all played at?
Bo: House show. I wish we still got to play more.
Bobby: The first show I played as a member of In Motion I believe was the last Bryan Jackson Fest hosted and ran by one of my favorite cats in Zack Jones.
Weasel: The first show I played with Bo in a band was I believe a girls birthday party in palm city which is in the middle of nowhere lol
What is the driving force of your music now, and what are you hopes in terms of evolution/development of that sound?
Bo: Yay I get to be cliche and talk about crippling emotions, feelings and life events. But no, the primary driving force is simply the outlet the whole process provides. From writing the songs, to recording them, and getting to play them. Hopefully I cheer up and the music isn’t as one dimensional in feel moving forward.
Bobby: It’s funny how you go from being a kid, jumping on every show just for the love of playing and how it turns into more of a business. Our driving force is still that love of just creating something from nothing, but rather than just playing it, hoping it evolves into something our friends, family and fans truly enjoy. At this point, to me, that’s the most important part. My goal is to make you feel exactly what I feel from these songs.
Weasel: The main driving force of all I do is love !!! All I would love to do is learn how to spread love and not hate and to be as non biased with as much as I can in my life to influence what I love which is humans and music\
Bo: We have an upcoming longplay that releases October 10th entitled “Liedentity”.
Bobby: 10.10 we will be releasing the newest record.
Weasel: Our newest full length Liedentity is being released on October 10th this year
Lyric that defines you as a person?
Bo: “It’s okay to eat fish because they don’t have any feelings”. I’m a Pisces as was the writer. We’re hyper sensitive. The sarcasm is unreal and blunt. We like to hide our vulnerabilities so it’s easy for me to gravitate to that line. I’d rather not cite the artist for extremely petty reasons.
Bobby: “I, I wanna live on the stage
I wanna play the guitar
And I wanna get paid
But no, responsibilities please
I wanna do what I want
And I wanna get paid
- Cakewalk, by The Snake, The Cross, The Crown.
Weasel: “I want you to be happier !!!” Lyrics by Bastille
And finally, what’s the feeling that you hope to have listeners and those who come out to your shows, leave with?
Bo: another cliche from me…but just to provide any listener who needs it, a sense of feeling not alone, that there are others constantly going through and disposing of hurt. Relatability.
Bobby: The feeling I want to share with fans and listeners, is just passion. 99% my goal is to feel every note with every bit of energy I can exert. By hoping others can share that energy, I hope they can take home with them to feeling that it’s alright to put everything you have into something you love.
Weasel: Love and only love no matter what!
Catch In Motion when they play the Respectable Street Patio Stage at 10:30pm on September 13th, and listen to their latest single off of the upcoming “Liedentity”, titled “Wish On Wood” here: https://inmotionfl.bandcamp.com/
Tune in tomorrow for our third pick, and visit the official Readable Noise Facebook page for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the festival!
With a bill for everyone, it’s a reminder that music is truly it’s own language and world
Miami- Everyone knows the glamour side of a city.
The skyscrapers, the clubs; the parties and all things that encompass it.
It is is the curse of big cities with big names; the traffic is nominal, restaurants and other staples standing out of a brochure cut-out.
Therefore, it’s something akin to lovers intimacy when you know a destination’s softer side; the one hidden in shadows, beyond the shadow of the skyline and filled with bicycles, dented stop signs and somewhere, the sound of a house party. Aromas filling the air from small street stands, local acts playing their hearts out and all against the shadow of the shore and the giant sea. Miami’s specialty is it doesn’t have just one of these areas; it has states of them.
Countries decorated in a compacted United Nations style of adorning porches from Little Havana/Haiti and beyond, languages and cultures combining to create a celebration of cultures, with an s, and most importantly, the music of all these traditions, floating in the breeze like a summer secret.
It’s in these small moments that always warrant a smile. Not only because of the sounds themselves, but because it resonates with the human spirit; no matter the flags you fly under, it automatically transports you to backyard BBQ’s on old boomboxes, your Mother’s bedroom as she hums a song of your mind’s choice in the mirror, or even the sounds from the earbuds you may have in your ear right now.
Those types of moments are essential, now more than ever, in a world that is seemingly intent to be on fire. International music is the bonding point that transcends all barriers; and it is one that was united beautifully under the hidden open ceiling of 1306 Miami on August 16th, one balmy beautiful night.
The venue itself is a small oasis; while equipped with the traditional bar and patio style open table seating, it had the ruminations and intimacy of a backyard show. A DJ playing vinyl in the side, while the stage itself was modest, welcoming and perfect for both the smallest and most ambitious of acts. An atmosphere catering to the act aboard it.
Its first incarnation being that of Dama Vicke; a Mexico City native, and current Miami denizen that combined heritage with the tropical and earned passion that comes from the veins of the city itself.
A wonderful hybrid of Anna Calvi and 90′s singer/songwriter, with a pinch of Massive Attack, the musician alongside her accompanying guitarist offered a hypnotic and raw set in both English and Spanish songs, and it here we must take a moment to take an editorial note: I am one of the few Floridians that does not understand Spanish. Being from partial Castilian and Bolivian heritages, I hide my head low in shame, and admittedly self teaching myself the language.
And so, as I try to universally translate some of the beautiful sounds that came from Dama Vicke, and later from Little Jesus, I am unable to translate the in between banter we like to include with reviews, and for that, I do sincerely apologize.
Language barrier be damned however, music is fortunately a universal tongue. And no matter the region you come from, it’s plain to see Vicke is a wonderful musician, with a fantastic potential. Every strum and resonant echo of her voice, the intimacy (combined with the typical Florida summer heat) feel as in you are in a small, locals only venue in Mexico and witnessing something that most people always hope to view: the blossoming and intensity of a musician on the cusp of something great.
Whether in “Sola” or “Unity Not Disgrace”, her talent is undeniable, and following our viewing of her performance, we highly recommend keeping an eye on Vicke to soon adorn your speakers…
And as the night is further proof of the hidden wonders of Miami, the night took a quick pause to dance to the vinyl grooves of classic Spanish music, before pausing to introduce the infamous psychedelic/noise rock quartet, Jaialai.
The Miami four piece have graced many of the local festival rosters, including iii Points earlier this year, and for good reason. The group have an infectious, explosive power that will not be confined, turning the modest venue into a chemistry designed sea of moshing, guitars and hypnotized eyes.
One of the greatest powers of the group is in “Sunshine”, with 24 Hour Party People-esque bursts of color that are projected onto the members during their performance, playing on their Butthole Surfers reminiscent compositions, building and controlling the music in bursts that feel like waves that can strangely be physically felt in the best of ways.
But perhaps their best work is in songs such as “In The Catacombs”; a frenetic, wild and beautifully chaotic post-punk meets Stooges type up-swing that will have any who view it in it’s live and potent form, completely floored.
It’s here where you feel the bridge to punk was possible; but neglected. This access road into it’s truly greatest possibilities, the long sought edge that acts like A Place To Bury Strangers knew of and acknowledged tried to ride but were arguably too ahead of their time to be fully appreciated of the discovery. Jaialai are in a perfect position where the times have caught up, listeners are enthralled and most importantly, the drive to keep people at that edge. And while psychedelia is a genre that deserves to be done right for the new generations, it’s without a doubt in these intense bursts of sonic earthquakes that prove the Miami act have set the bar at a level only they are able to consistently keep raised, along with a much needed return of a true headbangers ball.
And amidst all that, the cooldown feels right, and the soles of your shoes are primed with enough motivation to keep up the tempo with headliners Little Jesus.
And it’s here that, without defending my aforementioned position at the beginning of this review, the viewpoint of someone who does not understand the language becomes interesting. Because the experience then relies entirely on the music and it’s delivery. And it’s one that the Mexico City based group do not fail to deliver.
Amidst fluctuating technical difficulties, Little Jesus powered through it, producing a blossoming set that shows just a small reason why they were selected by The Rolling Stones themselves when the legendary act played Mexico City, as the group are, and should be, one of leaders of the international wave.
Music of all genres on an international scope has for too long been limited to countries such as the US, Canada and seemingly hand picked parts of Europe, often sadly leaving behind the just as passionate countries, and their respective bands, in it’s wake.
The next Bjork, Peter Gabriel or Bob Dylan may have been in China, Latvia or Spain all along, still waiting for open ears to hear it, and it’s why concerts such as Little Jesus’ Miami performance, and subsequent US Tour, are so vital to the preservation and furthering of music’s evolution.
The group are the almost too unbelievably perfect hybrid of both 00′s Strokes at their indie cresting, and Vampire Weekend’s pop calculation, with chords and progressions that will make even the most stubborn feet start moving, such as in “La Magia” and “Azul”
With beautiful composition and smile contagious chemistry, it was truly a sight to witness, and one we still find ourselves grateful to have seen in person.
Dancing to “Disco Oro”, with New Order tinges and a lemonade feel, it’s here it is hammered home tha music is the bonding agent of so much. Experiences, memories, and the fabric of the relationships we need to have as intelligent beings.
The world is on fire because of an inability to listen. And in concerts, in nights and in bands such as Little Jesus, you can look around and see: we are all hearts, wanting to feel something and share the experience with a fellow pair of willing, rhythm filled shoes.
So, with earbuds playing music you never heard before, we encourage you to go out: share those earbuds with someone who may have similarly never heard them. See a show with bands singing in a different language from yours, support bands from all corners of this big, great, wide and interesting world.
Because at the end of the day, all we have is each other, the city we live in, and the music that keeps us alive.
Learn more of Little Jesus here: https://www.facebook.com/thelittlejesus/
Dame Vicke: https://www.facebook.com/damavickemusic/
And see our Minichrome In Stereo concert documentation of “ Fuera de Lugar “ with Girl Ultra from 1306 Miami here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrRzmpkBhQc
Day 1 of our 5 day deep dive into our picks for the best Florida acts to feature on the two day West Palm Beach based music festival
West Palm Beach- In just four days, a beautiful chaos will beckon patrons onto the 500 block of Clematis Street.
For years, the road itself has not only been a staple and flood of memories of citizens of the city; either in twilight lit strolls, the lonely and haunting chime of the boats and sail rungs or most notably, the ever present hum of an energy beneath your feet from the various venues that adorn it.
And on September 13th through the 14th, it will continue that tradition by playing host to Pure Honey Magazine’s annual Bumblefest, now in it’s eighth year and as ambitious as ever with a 40 group line-up. And while that may be daunting, and while we simultaneously encourage you to sample all it’s flavors, we’re proud to present our picks for the Top 5 bands of this year, presented with one every day, through recommendations as well as introspective interviews.
Our first pick is Spirit and the Cosmic Heart, of Lakeland.
It is a group we revisit, because they are worth revisiting. The 5 piece carry something special; a certain blossom that no matter how many times you watch unfurl, continues to amaze with every incarnation.
Their live performance is a time travel back into the 60′s, 80′s and 90′s; taking each era’s corporeal form and integrating it with their own, well, spirit. In addition to helping the dreampop genre break out of it’s own limitations (similar to that of synthwave and lo-fi’s box, in that while creation is beautiful, it can be repetitive) and continuing it’s progression as a genre that should have continued under the guise of Slowdive, This Mortal Coil and The Cure as well as a pinch of the undeniable and much missed chemistry of 60′s acts such as The Mama’s and Papa’s.
For our choices of introspective, we ave both audio and visual treats.
Our interview with the act, conducted at Will’s Pub in Orlando earlier this year here: https://soundcloud.com/readablenoise/so-goes-it-spirit-and-the-cosmic-heart
And our concert documentation of the act, from the venue they will serendipitously be performing at when they play Bumblefest on September 14th at 10pm, Voltaire. This performance was taken during their last performance at the venue on May 31st: https://www.facebook.com/ReadableNoise/videos/vl.844336702611396/1224893837681701/?type=1
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s band, at 3pm EST and go to Readable Noise’s official Facebook page for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Bumblefest! http://facebook.com/ReadableNoise