Call it a misnomer, but Miami’s Endless Summer II nonetheless boasts a diverse lineup of SoFla bands set to rock Grand Central on March 3. ESII organizer Sean Wouters, of the local rock duo Deaf Poets, threw together the perfect ingredients for a mini-fest: a helping of Miami’s finest (Lil Daggers, Animal Tropical), a few West Palm Beach delicacies (Guy Harvey, The Band In Heaven), and a dash of promising unknowns. (See full lineup below.)
Tickets are going for $12 ($10 if you RSVP with Grand Central), or about 66 cents to see each of the 18 bands on the roster. For those of you thinking, “Hey, I work hard for 66 cents”, here are six tracks from six bands playing Endless Summer II to help you decide if the price is right.
This Heart Electric – “Shark Teeth”
This may have been recorded in Ricardo Guerrero’s bedroom, but it was made to wake a party the fuck up. With Guerrero juggling vocals, samples, instrumentals, and effects, this is audio tapestry at its finest. I’m just guessing, but that maniacal laughter you hear in “Shark Teeth” is probably Guerrero’s reaction to hearing this for the first time.
Danielle Steele – “Silhouette Man”
The lone featured singer-songwriter on the Endless Summer bill, Danielle Steele is another sweet-voiced, melody-making Miamian (think Omine Eager, Rachel Goodrich, Raffa Jo Harris). Get through the initial similarities and enjoy Steele’s range and Mirah-esque melancholy on “Silhouette Man”.
Manny Mangos – “Runaway”
I’m jumping on this wagon immediately if only because Manny Mangos reminds me of Calvin Johnson’s super lo-fi Beat Happening. The components are all here: embracing shitty recording equipment with dry vocals, jangly guitar, and surprisingly pleasant melodies. The ability to keep making fresh music with basic ingredients is what made Johnson so great, so here’s hoping Mangos can do the same. (Also check out “Nameless Hooker” and “Keep Your Tights On” on MM’s myspace).
Animal Tropical – “A Virgin Lot”
Still one of my favorite bands in Miami, the quirky foursome’s sound is a tropical twist between Montreal’s Unicorns and The Lovely Feathers. Divorcee, Animal Tropical keyboardist Jose Castello’s side project, will also be in action at Endless Summer.
Teepee – “Wasted Years”
Eric Lopez-Zareno is another Miami musician destined for a bigger audience. Teepee, Lopez-Zareno’s guitar-based project, incorporates all sorts of indie and experimental rock and the music often comes out angsty, dark, and easily relatable.
Ice Cream – “Teen Mom”
With herky-jerky frontman Justin Rivers leading the charge, Ice Cream purposefully make clichés their bitch on this unorthodox, drum-driven love song: “I’ll buy ya flowers, this must be fate/Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh/yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.”
You can learn more about ESII on Facebook. Here’s the full lineup:
The band in Heaven
Divorcee / Animal Tropical
Mean Dream / Flux Forces
Sirens and Sealions
This Heart Electric