Plains leak ‘Black Feeling’

By | April 9th, 2011 | No Comments
'Innovator' b/w 'Stuck In The Night' 7"

Cover of Plains 'Innovator' b/w 'Stuck In The Night' 7"

Despite a 7” release on Discosoma Records and a smattering of impressive singles, Miami-based foursome Plains is a little known quantity in the Magic City. It’s not all that surprising since their last show was six months ago (at Beings’ 7” Discosoma release party at the Vagabond). Thankfully, that’s about to change as Plains is plotting a string of local shows in May and June to coincide with the release of their self-titled, 14-track debut on 10K Island Records.

To whet our appetites, the band — fronted by Michael McGinnis and joined by ANR’s John Hancock, Discosoma’s Jared McKay, and Jorge Gonzalez Gaupera — leaked us “Black Feeling”, a track off the upcoming album and another shining example of their ability to craft moving punk-guided rock.

While their previous single, “Innovator” (#10 on our Top 15 South Florida Songs of 2010 list) is all distortion and drone, “Black Feeling” is built on a jagged, squealing guitar. Both songs, however, incorporate rotating jazzy basslines to emit a sweetly handsome sound. The overall effect is what normally gets termed early indie rock, a learned creature of punk, rock, and funk with all annoying subgenre terminology in between. In a word, good.

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Sneak Listen: Two tracks off upcoming Lil Daggers LP

By | February 11th, 2011 | No Comments

Four of the five Daggers awash in ameoba at Discosoma HQ.

With the release of their King Corpse EP last year following the split 7” b/w Satan’s Youth Ministers, Lil Daggers (Livid Records) honed their nefarious stoned-at-midnight blues and proved themselves to be one of Miami’s most promising acts. On April 12, after more than two years as a band, the fivesome will finally feed the rock-hungry public an LP: Lil Daggers, an 11-song collection of murky psych rock. Discosoma Records is also releasing a limited-run Lil Daggers 7” in early March, featuring “Sweetwater” (exclusive to the Discosoma release) and “Slave Exchange”, which is also on the forthcoming LP.

Lil Daggers guitarist Jacob Israel leaked us two tracks off of the upcoming release and took some time to chat via email about Lil Daggers, getting tagged with the “garage” label, and the blade slinger lurking within organist Reuben Molinares.

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Interview with Guy Harvey lead singer Adam Perry

By | November 3rd, 2010 | 7 Comments
Guy Harvey's Adam Perry

Adam Perry of South Florida band Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey’s solar-powered brand of alt-pop revival is rare in South Florida, where local musicians routinely take their tropical environs for granted (with the exception of Fernando Perdomo). More importantly, the band’s chill factor isn’t of the Jimmy Buffet School of Banality (its sailfish-obsessed namesake is a red herring), but conjures instead a California state of mind.

Made up of Lake Worth natives Adam Perry (vocals, guitar), Mike Nadolna (bass), Drew Locke (drums), and Devon Nelson (guitar), Guy Harvey meanders seamlessly from brooding post-punk to jangly echo pop, steering with a surf rock guitar and arriving at a sound that would fit snugly in the Merge Records catalog. The band harks backs to Grandaddy, Jason Lytle’s songwriting style in particular, while their songs’ pith and punch pay homage to their punkier influences.

I recently hassled Perry by email and phone to chat about day jobs, “Bedsores,” the local scene, and getting dizzy on stage.

How and when did Guy Harvey form?

ADAM PERRY: About a year ago, maybe a little longer than that. I moved back down to West Palm a few years ago and ran into [the other band members] at an art opening. I had known Devon and Mike from high school.

Where did you move back from? What were you doing?

ADAM PERRY: I moved around a lot. Tallahassee, Chicago, Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and then back here. I worked at a lot of random jobs. Went to school. Sometimes I was playing music, recording music, recording other peoples’ music.

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