Despite organizer Sean Wouters’ insistence that Endless Summer’s 17-band lineup would progress like a military parade — 20 minute sets, 15 minute set-ups — the show was running two hours behind schedule and shedding disgruntled acts (Lil Daggers, por ejemplo) when I got to Grand Central close to midnight, proving once again that Miami is always later than you. I caught the Heartstrings, throwback punks with oldies alter egos; The Band In Heaven, WPBers who dress boredom up in reverb; and Psychic Mirrors, a tight and quasi-schticky synth soul ensemble (still figuring them out).
With attendance falling several hundred short of the 491 RSVP count on Facebook, Miami might still be recovering from last week’s demi-epic Bruise Cruise Kick-Off. I also suspect a high schoolish get-out-the-“Like” drive (there were quite a few PSATers in attendance). In any case, Endless Summer belonged in a smaller venue (Vagabond or Eve), not the Grand Central terminal.
So, yeah, the show was kinda a bust. I’m not sure if the five acts scheduled to follow Psychic Mirrors — Little Beard, Deaf Poets, Teepee, Ice Cream, Nick Scappa/ANR & Friends — ever took the stage, but, if so, Endless Summer II is still going on and will end sometime in May. (Now I get the name.)
All photos by Robby Campbell. See more on Picasa.