South Florida’s music community isn’t as small or fragile as many people claim, but it does take a hit when a talented artist or band leaves town for the common destinations of New York City or Los Angeles. The news that Livid Records, one of the region’s most prolific and uncompromising independent labels, plans to close up shop is more than a hit — it’s a wallop.
This is the fifth installment of Nevermind Miami, a tribute to the generation-defining album Nirvana released 20 years ago, on September 24, 1991. To commemorate the occasion, we have asked local musicians to cover each of the 13 songs on the original release. We will be (and have been) posting the covers throughout September in no particular order.
To kick off the second half of the series, we have a shitkicking punk/hardcore/thrash quintet covering the most shitkicking song on Nevermind. Founded in 2005, Eztorbo (formerly known as Eztorbo Social) takes “Breed” head on, speeding it up by a fraction while otherwise staying true to the raunchy riffed, drum-rolling, mosh-pit-a-making original. To learn more about Eztorbo (whose name means “nuisance” in Spanish), check out the band’s Facebook page. You can also catch them live at the Chum Bucket, one of the venues featured in our ongoing Miami DIY series, on Friday, Sept. 30.