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Some Bands I Caught At No Work Fest

No Work Fest is a two-day local music festival hosted by the Miami based record label of the same name. No Work Records is a celebration of Miami’s raunchy underground scene, an embodiment of the DIY vegan lifestyle. With an online Zine of band reviews and a StoreEnvy for putting out cassettes and records, the label pays close attention to their music and includes locally well known bands such as Bruiser and Nunhex. Though the parking lot full and littered with people loitering around their cars and socializing as a sort of pre Churchill’s preparation, the actual inside was slow and oddly quite, only the main stage being utilized and the bands delayed possibly because of this. The usual meshing of sounds from every angle was replaced by quite conversation and the hum of sound check echoing audible from the outside patio. After a bit of waiting and the obligatory socializing of entering a venue Nutcheck entered the main stage. Your attention was immediately demanded by singer Natalie Spargo, a poster child for the classic punk look, her hair fashioned perfectly in a neon pink Mohawk and clothed in black jeans adorned with safety pins and spikes. Her look prepared you for the slap of her voice, high yet rough and holding a sincere passionate. Abrasive and confrontational, she growled and shrieked to her band mates as they responded back with the grinding bass and heart-thumping drumbeat typical of grindcore.

To contrast this in your face explosion of sound next came Gainesville’s Big Whatever. With only two guys and a beat Big Whatever offered only their music and not the typical wild flashy stage presences. This minimal act gave the feeling of an open mic, and with their name and appearance seemed to be the type of duo that would be signed to Mad Docent’s label. Rapping their song Lunar Swag, the lyrics broke through the dark air instantly surprising you at the campiness of name-dropping and self-comparison to rappers Lil B (Based God) and Action Bronson. Dipping into the chorus and showing a bit of a Reggae influence in the bellowing lyrics “We’re going to televise the revolution” with a repetition of Swag after this (Swag, Swag, Swag). The simple themes and catchtchiness established by rhyming Action Bronson with surprisingly many names (Ron Swanson, Andrew Johnson), left the song forcibly stuck in my head. This laidback musical style I can imagine would be wildly popular performed to a younger audience, was even entertaining to the leftover crowd from Nutcheck. During this I noticed familiar face Uchi setting up, who’s played in numerous notable venues and more recently at festival III Points, where I saw her perform. Her sounds is a consistent thump that club goers love, hypnotic that allows you to dance at the same pace for hours, and would be more fitting for the dimly lit minimal black hole stage of III points that felt like some sort of parallel 24 hour rave universe. Her set began peaceful, with a synth like sound that would accompany a rocket launch. This Sci-Fi theme is evident in her music, also being the curator of event and concept “Cyborg”. Transitioning from the original soft spacey sound to an alien beat reminiscent of a heartbeat, her set was danceable without being overbearing or obnoxious.

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by Anna Martell

Chatting with Ale Campos of Smut

Smut is the side project of Alejandra Campos. She played drums in Testokra, and now

plays bass in Wastelands. (more…)

Posted on November 3rd, 2015 by Simon Rafet

Dracula @ SweatRecords

Up in till Saturday I hadn’t gone to a lot of shows with the looming feeling of a funeral. (more…)

Posted on October 26th, 2015 by Theo Rodino

Kissy Kissy Free Pizza Kickoff tour

Suite 206, the headquarters of Audio Junkie and Miami’s loved Jellyfish Brothers, is an unlikely Wynwood venue for artists and musicians alike. (more…)

Posted on October 19th, 2015 by Anna Martell

The acts i caught at iii points day 1

III Points, Miami’s art, music, and technology festival, seems to expand and become more intricate every year. Moving from 2014’s Soho Studios, to the huge MANA Wynwood Production Village gave the event a more serious all-inclusive atmosphere. (more…)

Posted on October 13th, 2015 by Anna Martell

Miami’s Sweethearts, The Gun Hoes.

My introduction to The Gun Hoe’s came during Sweatstock 2014 (more…)

Posted on October 1st, 2015 by Anna Martell

Catching up with Cavity’s Dan Gorostiaga

CAVITY is a prominent Florida metal/noise band that started around 1992. (more…)

Posted on September 29th, 2015 by Simon Rafet

An Evening With Thee Oh Sees, Jacuzzi Boys, and Wastelands at Churchill’s Pub

The media (mostly Seinfeld) paints Miami as a tropical retirement home, full of grandpas and grandmas ladling soft foods into their once beautiful mouths. (more…)

Posted on September 17th, 2015 by Theo Rodino

DIIV “Dopamine”

It was great news to hear that DIIV will be releasing their ‘Is The Is Are’ album this year, (more…)

Posted on September 16th, 2015 by Maney

Bourgeoisie “The Galloping Redeemer”

It’s been quite some time since we heard from Bourgeoisie and for those synth fans I’m sure this has been one long wait as well. (more…)

Posted on September 15th, 2015 by Mr Jolt

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