With the release last month of Wynwood Bootleg, Gold Dust Lounge confirmed itself as the gallery district’s unofficial house band. Spearheaded by Russell Mofsky, a founding member of notable Miami punk band Quit, Gold Dust Lounge is that rare music act that accurately describes its own music: “original post-surf, noir, spy-fi rock-n-roll.” Throw in the spirit of free-form jazz and you’ve got Wynwood Bootleg, a collection of 13 tracks recorded live on a Wynwood sidewalk (thus, the occasional police siren in the background).
The songs on Wynwood Bootleg all have a surf core but reach out with instinctive tentacles to natural, unexpected territory. Featuring Pixies-like volume tinkering, “No Doze” meshes alt-country and surf rock in a nod to the Bakersfield sound (think Giant Sand). And on their extended, jangly cover of The Chantays’ “Pipeline”, one of the most famous instrumentals ever, the trio/sometime quintet flexes their versatility by stripping the song of its organ and encasing it in art-rock reverb.