Jacuzzi Boys’ “Space Cake ’85”

By | January 7th, 2011 | 1 Comment
Jacuzzi Boys Gabriel Alcala

Jacuzzi Boys' Gabriel Alcala

“Space Cake ’85”, a track let loose from the Jacuzzi Boys’ forthcoming Seahawks & Peacocks EP (Social Music Records), is a mature offering about eating weed. The neo-garage trio from Miami couples vintage Velvets and modern bedroom fuzz in delivering an instant classic. The track begins with a relentless drone of a riff (kind of like The Kids in the Hall theme song, “Having An Average Weekend” by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet), which plows right through the catchier-than-thou chorus. What gels it all is Gabriel Alcala’s singing, reminiscent of a reverse-pitched Marc Bolan. He carries “Space Cake ’85” into that Velvet-y territory in and around the chorus, a head-bobbing bass line, polite crashing cymbals, Acala’s doo-doo-doos and, finally, a phrase destined for the Miamian lexicon: “Space Cake ’85!” Have a hear.

William Alton is a Miami native who writes for The Big Takeover magazine online and blogs about music at Heaven Is Loud.