Miami acts The Jellyfish Brothers, Kenny Millions, and Holly Hunt blasted Ft. Lauderdale’s Radio-Active Records Saturday night with their respective brands of surf-rock, disturbing blow-up doll noise, and drone metal. Photographer Alex Broadwell was there to capture the scene.
Some difficult questions vexed the small crowd at Grand Central last night. Why did marginal stoner metal band Corrosion of Conformity decide to fly to Florida for one show on a Monday night? Where’s Pepper Keenan? Why is Consular so angry? More to the point, Why does this Newcastle cost $7?
Thankfully, a strange and vigorous lineup was on hand to put it all in perspective.
What better day to celebrate Florida’s darkest skull-cracking metal than on Valentine’s Day? Swamp Abyss Sorcery, an 11-track, all-Florida compilation released today by Gainesville’s Satanik Recordings and organized by d-beat thrashing nutbags Hot Graves, showcases an unofficial corps of metal bands from Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami. Quoth Satanik:
“This southern-fried Yeti THROMBIBULOUS ov which I speak is now upon you all, in the form ov this compilation ov bands that are the sound ov what is RIGHT NOW here in the Sunshine State.”
The compilation features three of Miami’s heaviest outfits. Holly Hunt, the droning duo of Betty Monteavaro and Gavin Perry …
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.
On Monday Holly Hunt, the experimental sludge duo of Beatriz Monteavaro and Gavin Perry, released an oscillating, metallic mantra called “Maraschino”. On the severe but soothingly repetitious track, Monteavaro, formerly the drummer for Beings, Floor, and Cavity, compliments Perry’s droning guitar chords with simple thuds, splashes, and bouncing fills to create a meditative rhythmic cycle. The release follows two other evocative HH instrumentals: “Carrie Fisher”, an abrasive, 10-minute trance released on a split cassette with Viking Funeral, and “Lunar Module”. You can stream all three compositions on Holly Hunt’s bandcamp page and/or command their performance when Monteavaro and Perry play the Snooze Theatre (featured in our ongoing Miami DIY series) with Slashpine, Hull, The Fucking Wrath, and The House of Lightning on Oct. 28. Show admission is five bucks. RSVP on Facebook. Until then, let the noise wash over you.
FYI: Maraschino is “a strong, sweet liqueur made from a variety of small bitter cherries,” according to a dictionary.