With a 7″ due out in June and and a self-titled LP slated for a September release, Miami indie-rock trio Jacuzzi Boys are getting ready to take their show on the road with an East Coast to Midwest tour that starts on Friday with a gig at the Fillmore’s new in-house venue, Backstage at the Fillmore, a relatively intimate space (capacity 300-500) that is housed within the confines of the large concert hall itself. Ahead of the show Jacuzzi Boys frontman Gabriel Alcala and I exchanged emails about the Boys’ new music and hanging out at Iggy Pop’s home.
This is your first South Beach show. Miami’s indie bands (to use a not-very-helpful generalization) don’t often make it across the bay. Why do think that is? Do you go into a South Beach show differently than you’d go into a show at Churchill’s?
GA: I love the beach, there’s so many freaks. There aren’t a lot of venues though. Almost everything is club oriented. I wish there were more bars and venues that put on rock’n'roll shows there. That’s why I’m excited about this new spot connected to the Fillmore. It looks like high school dance hall, which I really dig. I hope it gets as wild as a Churchill’s show!
The Jacuzzi Boys are arguably at the head of the local music scene — is there something particular about your band that you think resonates with a Miami audience?
GA: I think our shows have a good vibe. Everyone seems to let loose and have a real cool time. We try to make each local show special. We don’t over do it by playing a lot in town. Touring as much as you can is also key.
Related link: “Jacuzzi Boys’ homecoming at Churchill’s”
You’ve got a 7″ coming out and then an LP in September — how’s your sound evolving?
GA: Yeah! We have a 7″ single coming out in a month or so. It’s the first taste of the new album. We’re super psyched! Hopefully we’ll have them at the show for a soft-release. The new record sounds really electric. There’s some really cool, weird sounds on it.
What kind of weird sounds? Are you guys experimenting with new instruments?
GA: There’s some futuristic synth guitar sounds on the record. You can hear a little of what I mean with the song ‘Double Vision’ that is streaming [via a Rolling Stone premier]. We also harmonized guitars a bit on the record.
You’ve got a tour coming up — where are you headed? how many shows?
GA: Here are the dates:
Friday, June 7 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
Saturday, June 8 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Sunday, June 9 – Nashville, TN @ The End
Tuesday, June 11 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Wednesday, June 12 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Thursday, June 13 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #
Friday, June 14 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle #
Saturday, June 15 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle #
Sunday, June 16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom #
Monday, June 17 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace #
Tuesday, June 18 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt #
Wednesday, June 19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair #
Thursday, June 20 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge #
Friday, June 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl #
Saturday, June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Art #
Sunday, June 23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
Tuesday, June 25 – Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House
Wednesday, June 26 – St. Augustine, FL @ Shanghai Nobby’s
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You’re playing with Cop City Chill Pillars and Nerve City on Friday — can you tell us a bit about those bands?
GA: Aw man, we love the both of them! So excited to play with them again. CCCP are from Lake Worth. They’re so fresh. They sound like they’re from another planet. Somewhere very similar to Earth, but the sky is pink & the leaves are blue. Nerve City just moved back to Miami & we’re stoked! I cant wait to see them play again. It’ been too long!
I recently saw Instagram photos of you guys hanging with Iggy Pop at his house — what was that experience like?
GA: Hanging out with Iggy at his house was beyond cool. It was really surreal. It took like 15 minutes into the conversation for it to sink in. He was such a sweetheart and such a great host. We spoke about Miami a lot. He showed us some amazing early Stooges photos! The whole experience really meant a lot to us. We were riding high for days.
What did you guys have to say about Miami?
GA: We talked about different local places & our history with Miami mostly… how long we both lived here, where we came from, why we came here, Miami’s history etc. We both love Miami.