Recently back in Miami after a 38-gig U.S. tour, the Jacuzzi Boys drew a near capacity crowd to Churchill’s Saturday night for the trio’s homecoming gig alongside noise-crunch duo Holly Hunt, The Cost, and Honey Train. The show had a similar atmosphere to the Boys’ Glazin’ release party at Churchill’s back on Aug. 27, which is to say it was steamy, rowdy, rollicking, and most definitely worth the measly $5 admission, as the following photos will attest.
So far, it’s been a very good year for the Jacuzzi Boys. The Miami-based rockers boarded the Carnival Imagination for that unlikely confluence of Captain’s Dinner, Captain Morgan, and indie rock known as the Bruise Cruise Festival, released a 12″ on Jack White’s Third Man records, toured through more than 25 different U.S. cities, signed to Sub Pop sister label Hardly Art, and recorded their second LP, Glazin’, on a consul custom built for Sly Stone. That last highlight, Glazin’, also got the Boys a mostly positive review in SPIN magazine, which is currently streaming the album in its entirety.
BUT — and I’m sure we can all agree — all of those accomplishments and accolades pale in comparison to the band’s next big moment: playing Churchill’s on Saturday night. Ahead of the show, the release party for the new album with the Jameses, Snakehole, and Loose Stools also on the bill, I spoke to Jacuzzi Boys bassist Danny Gonzalez about getting love, getting pigeon-holed, and getting in the van.
It’s been a really good year for the band. Are you guys feeling really positive right now?
DG: I guess we’re in a positive state of mind. We’re definitely not feeling negative about anything. But we’re also not ones to get too caught up in anything either which way. Since we’ve been playing, there have been times when not so fantastic things are written, and we sorta laugh it off. And when good things are written, we laugh them off too. It’s definitely exciting, but we kinda think it’s all funny.
Is it odd to be getting so much attention, for example, the review in SPIN?
It feels a little strange, but at the same time … we’ve definitely put in work. We’ve been playing for a while, we’ve been touring, and put out various records. If it was out of the blue, where we’d only put out one seven-inch record, we’d be like, ‘Whoa, what is this?’ But it’s sorta been a natural progression. Nothing has come all at once.
There are a lot of good bands in Miami, but it’s rare for a Miami band to get national attention. Why do you think that is?
I really think the main thing is touring. Because of where we are geographically … I feel like a lot of bands don’t get out of Miami. You know, you can put out records and they can get some attention, or they can get a lot of attention and then you’re presented with all these opportunities to tour and then you get some national attention — but I really think that touring is the main thing that gets it going.