Depending on your appetite for anarchic absurdity, the fact that Jello Biafra is now in the Bruise Cruise 2012 lineup may cause you to stay away or stow away. One of the faces carved into punk’s hypothetical Mt. Rushmore, the Dead Kennedys founding member, spoken-word artist, and political firebrand (I just said the same thing three times) will be “spinning wax for Bruisers from his very own and very personal collection, mixing together soul, garage, surf, punk cuts with other incredibly strange surprises,” according to a press release sent out this morning. Biafra will also give a lecture (subject undisclosed) during the three-day rock’n’roll cruise, which ships out on Feb. 10 aboard the Carnival Imagination.
In other Bruise Cruise news, the Jacuzzi Boys, Deaf Poets, and Blowfly are all in the pre-party lineup, though none of the Miami-based acts is playing the cruise itself. Set at The Stage, the kick-off party is on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 and will feature most of the bands on the Bruise Cruise roster, including Fucked Up, Thee Oh Sees, King Khan & The Shrines, and Quintron and Miss Pussycat (whose less fair half I interviewed last month). To learn more about the pre-party, visit the Facebook event page and check out the flyer.
As a Bruise Cruise sponsor, Beached Miami is giving away an interior cabin to one lucky sealubber. Valued at roughly $1,500, the cabin accommodates two people and covers all meals, Bruise Cruise events, taxes/gratuities, a vinyl boxset featuring 7″ releases by several of the participating bands, a bottle of wine, and other perks. We will be announcing the winner of the giveaway next week. To find out how to enter, and to learn a lot more about the Bruise Cruise, visit beachedmiami.com/bruisecruise.
Update: Bruise Cruise Records, the festival’s label, premiered “Bite My Tongue” by King Khan & The Shrines, part of a 7″ split with Mikal Cronin. Each festival attendee will get a copy of the record with their cabin.