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LIVE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING: LOCAL MUSIC 18 19 20 21
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Salutations! My name is Justine Grifﬁn, and I’m a journalism student at the University of Central Florida. I’m originally from Tampa, and I really dig going to shows. The two I’m really looking forward to this year are Coachella, and of course, Radiohead. I love Hitchcock ﬁlms, and a nice glass of iced tea. I enjoy horseback riding, and sometimes I wish I was a unicorn.
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...we pay top dollar for used cds, dvds or games or get 25% more credit Sunshine has the ﬂowers in full bloom, and love is in the air in more ways than you might think. Within our budding pages you will ﬁnd our local section brimming with talented Florida musicians. Featured interviews this month include the ever-tenacious Dukes of Hillsborough, Orlando indie-pop outﬁt Mumpsy, and the sativa-savvy Supervillains. We also get a sneak peek at Tampa rock veterans Suburban Tragedy’s new album. What would spring be without the brilliant works of Florida’s talented artisans? Spanning the spectrum we report on the revolutionary gallery space of St. Petersburg’s ARTpool to the concert poster art of Orlando madman Stainboy. Aiding and educating you in experiencing the liberating sensation of purchasing a handmade work of art, our Avant-Garde In The Now section sheds light on colorful works of art and the people whose creativity cultivates culture. This month a plethora of ﬁne bands allowed us to delve into their minds for a little one on one special time. Feature interviews with The Roots, Circa Survive, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Futureman, Tokyo Police Club, Phantom Planet, Murder By Death, Ida, and The Ettes ﬁll our pages to the rim. Additionally, our ever-intrepid Marshall Dickson and seasoned music festival Sherpa Tony Landa ventured to Austin, Texas, returning with a bounty of photographic coverage of South by Southwest, otherwise known as SXSW. They shot 105 shows in ﬁve days. Really. Finally, REAX will be celebrating our second birthday with a multi-city concert extravaganza featuring simultaneously staged performances in Tampa, Gainesville and Orlando on May 31st, 2008. We are looking for Florida musicians and bands to participate, so if you know you have what it takes, head over to page twelve for more details on how you can get involved.
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TATTOOS & PIERCING
Yo! I am The Mucca. There isn't any other! I am The Mucca! Hear me Roar! RAWWWRRR! Yeah, so I am into all kinds of tattoo styles, I mostly like to do fairies, flowers, and realism like fruits and other setups. I spend a lot of my free time shaving designs into my hair face. See the photo to the left - that was supposed to be an M, for Mucca, but I can't grow hair that far up on my face so it just looks like I got hit by Zorro's sword. Yeah, so that guy Zorro is cool though, so don't you mess with him, or you’ll be messing with The Mucca!
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REAX TURNS 2
So, we’ve been around for two years now.
Is it worth killing trees over our coverage of Florida’s music scene? Has anything changed? Does anyone care? We’re going to show the world that Florida does care about its music scene. REAX is holding a multi-city music explosion on May 31st, 2008. We are looking for local bands to play shows in Tampa, Orlando, and Gainesville on that night. Please contact us at reaxfest@reaxmusic. com and let us know if you want to play one of these shows, if you think what we do is good for the community, or if you just want to say that we suck. We would love to hear it all. Deadline for submissions is April 18, 2008. Here are a few of the responses that we’ve received so far:
We would love to play!!!! Thomas Wynn & the Believers myspace.com/ thomaswynnandthebelievers I think what u do is worth killing trees over. I appreciate the coverage of interesting artists of different genres. After all, we don’t get it anywhere else. ACHO BROTHER would love to play your show and call it a celebration. The kind of people that enjoy your magazine are people that would enjoy planting trees to replenish and do that karma thing anyway; I think. Acho Brother myspace.com/achobrother
Hello, my band FATAL would be down for playing a metal/thrash show. Let me know! FATAL myspace.com/fatalrules
Hello REAX and esteemed associates! We would be SO excited to play for you guys in Tampa!! We have been reppin’ REAX to all of our friends and family since day one, and would be honored to be a part of this!! You guys are doing great things for the scene!! Please consider us! It’s def worth killlin’ trees. Furthermore, we promise the best performance of our lives, and we’ll bring our rabid fan base!!! Variety Workshop myspace.com/varietyworkshop
for us at one of your shows. On the MySpace link is some of our original material. These are rough mixes of tracks which will be on our ﬁrst album, due to release in May or June 2008. Thanks, keep up the hard work. The Bird Street Players myspace.com/worldjeff birdstreetplayers.com
We would love to play the fest! Proval myspace.com/provalsbeautifulnoise
Hey guys. I think what you are doing is great, super colorful, high quality magazine with nice write ups and wicked photos, it’s a beautiful thing. I am Jeff, front man of The Bird Street Players. Curious to know if you would have room
I fully support your rag... and would love to represent Gainesville’s LIVE electronic music community. Oddknock myspace.com/oddknock Mini-tour? I’m in. DJ Mega myspace.com/discjockeymega
Fellers, GreyMarket would be honored to throw down for your Fest. Kind Regards, GreyMarket GreyMarketBand.com On behalf of the kids in Tallahassee, I want to offer Charlie Hood (from Sarasota) & Bla Ha to play Gainesville for May 31, as we will already be on tour! Also, the music scene in Tallahassee is ridiculous, with every FSU student getting free admission to almost every show, and local venues backing the rest. Just look at what my school week is like: www.cdu.unionproductions.org. Please distribute in Tallahassee! Greg Ferris
I read your bulletin about looking for bands to play the Tampa REAX Fest. I am part of an indie-acoustic duo with nearly four dozen originals. We would deﬁnitely be interested in playing, even if it is for a short time. I really enjoy REAX magazine, and think that this would be great. Please check out some websites and give us a listen. Hopefully you like what you hear and will consider us for your Tampa event. Brandon myspace.com/brandonkmusic myspace.com/wolftracksﬂ
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With Bauhaus recently releasing their ﬁrst (and last) album in 25 years, Go Away White, I dug deep into my archive for this image of lead singer Peter Murphy closing his set. He was promoting his second solo album, Love Hysteria, and opening for Australian neo-psychedelic rockers The Church on their Starﬁsh tour. Nearly two thirds of the hall emptied after Murphy’s performance and did not return for the headliners, further entombing Tampa’s legacy as a “black hole” home to gothic music fans. REAX MUSIC MAGAZINE • APRIL 2008 • PAGE REAX MUSIC MAGAZINE • APRIL 2008 • PAGE 1212
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04/01/08 THE SWORD GODS OF THE EARTH KEMADO Apples In Stereo Black Keys Colour Revolt Experimental Dental School
Frightened Rabbit Make Believe Moby Nadja Pattern is Movement R.E.M. Sandrine Sun Kil Moon Yelle
Electronic Projects for Musicians Attack & Release Plunder, Beg and Curse Jane Doe Loves Me Midnight Organ Fight Going to the Bone Church Last Night Skin Turns To Glass All Together Accelerate Dark Fades Into Light April POP-UP
Yep Roc Nonesuch Fat Possum Cochon FatCat Flameshovel Mute The End Hometapes Warner Bros. Nettwerk Caldo Verde Caroline
04/08/08 FOALS ANTIDOTES SUB POP Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Bad Religion Boredoms Breeders Cavity Clinic Cloud Cult Colin Meloy Cut Copy Dark Meat Dead Child Drift Eliot Lipp Envy Eric Avery Jim Noir Jonathan Richman Man Man Microphones MSTRKRFT Nadja Neva Dinova New Bloods Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Rollins Band Shout Out Louds Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Tapes ‘N Tapes Thee Oh Sees Torche Wye Oak
Recurring Dream and Apocalypse of Darkness New Maps of Hell (Deluxe) Super Roots 9 Mountain Battles Laid Insigniﬁcant Do It Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes) Colin Meloy Sings Live Ghost Colours Universal Indians (Expanded Edition)
Attack Memory Drawings The Outside Transfovista DVD Help Wanted Jim Noir Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild
Rabbit Habits The Glow Pt. 2 (Reissue) Remixes Vol. 1 Desire in Uneasiness You May Already Be Dreaming The Secret Life Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! Life Time Impossible EP Pershing Walk It Off The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In Meanderthal If Children
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Mush Temporary Residence
Dangerbird Barsuk Vapor AntiK Last Gang Crucial Blast Saddle Creek Kill Rock Stars Anti2.13.61 Merge Polyvinyl XL Tomlab Hydra Head Merge
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04/15/08 BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE MY BLOODY UNDERGROUND COMMITEE TO KEEP MUSIC EVIL Autumns Belphegor Children Of Bodom Christopher Bissonnette Jealous Girlfriends Little Ones M83 O’luge Opeth Plastic Constellations Supergrass
Fake Noise From A Box of Toys Bondage Goat Zombie Blooddrunk In Between Worlds The Jealous Girlfriends Morning Tide Saturday = Youth Movements Still Life 5.1 We Appreciate You Diamond Hoo Ha
Bella Union Nuclear Blast America
Fontana Int. Kranky Last Gang Astralwerks Mute Last Gang Peaceville Frenchkiss Astralwerks
04/22/08 NEGATIVE FORMAT GRADIENTS METROPOLIS Atmosphere Billy Bragg Cinematic Orchestra Daft Punk Death Set Doors Dr. Dog Ersi Arvizu Flight of the Conchords Monotronix Night Marchers Pyramids Thalia Zadek Band Tokyo Police Club
When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold Mr. Love & Justice Live at the Royal Albert Hall Daft Punk’s Electroma OST Worldwide The Doors Vinyl Box (7xLP) Easy Beat 12” Friend For Life Flight of the Conchords Body Language See You In Magic Pyramids Liars and Prayers Elephant Shell
Rhymesayers AntiDomino Vice Counter Records Rhino Park The Van AntiSub Pop Drag City Swami/ Vagrant Hydra Head Thrill Jockey Saddle Creek
04/29/08 BORIS SMILE SOUTHERN LORD Awesome Color Cloudland Canyon Constantines Dizzee Rascal Jamie Lidell Jesu Portishead Tickley Feather
Electric Aborigines Lie in Light Kensington Heights Maths+English Jim TBD EP Third Tickley Feather
Ecstatic Peace Kranky Arts & Crafts Def Jux Warp Caldo Verde Mercury Paw Tracks
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Hello Gloffy! I love your column! Ok here’s my problem...I dated this person and they pissed my bed twice. Should I have them pay for a new mattress or have them cover half the cost at least? Love, Pissed Dear Pissed, I’d be pissed too (no pun intended!) Regardless if you guys were dating casually, still dating, or broken up I’d deﬁnitely approach the subject. The thought of sleeping on a bed that smells like urine is nauseating. (We may all go through experimental phases but keep that in the shower honaaay!!!) Had I found myself in your predicament I would not have requested a new mattress but you know I would have asked Mr. Bedwetter to go straight to the store and rent a steam cleaner. Sure, “Rain” is one of my favorite Madonna songs from the Erotica album…but when Madge sang of her man’s “love coming down on her like rain” I don’t quite think that’s what she had in mind. Gee whiz (pun intended!) Dear Gloffy, I am buying a used car. It is a great car: it looks nice, runs well and gets great mileage. The problem is that it has not got its own personality. All the cars that I have ever driven, I have had a personal relationship with, some I have loved more deeply than a lover. Each one has had a personality and a formal name that ﬁts the vehicle just right and I have been on a ﬁrst name basis with every
car I drive. This car seems somewhat soulless, a well-oiled machine that hums and whirs, but does not speak to me. What do I do if the car does not give me a name to call it? Do I just use a car without even knowing its name? Do I make up a name and pretend I have the power of naming or do I stop driving my car around? Signed, A Nameless Ride Dear Nameless Ride, Honaay you are in need of some serious Paula Abdul talk. Like your new car, Paula’s career has been a welloiled machine that hums and whirs, but doesn’t really speak to many. Like your car, she’s somewhat soul-less. But we all learned to love Paula, didn’t we? You need to learn to love your car too. Remember Paula’s hot 1987 track “It’s Just The Way That You Love Me”? Paula passionately states, “It ain’t the car that you drive.” She was right…it ain’t the car that you drive…it’s the love you put into it. LOVE YOUR CAR. And more importantly, love Paula Abdul. You can now write to DearGloffy anonymously!!!! Go to www.jeremygloff. com and follow the link to the Dear Gloffy page! Tell me all your problems without the embarrassment of me knowing who you are! And while you are at it go to MySpace and check out my new vid! Love you all!!!
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I WANNA TURN YOU ON TO...
STEEL TRAIN Words: Ashley Marie Sansotta
Photo: Bryan Shefﬁeld
WHO THEY ARE...
Jack Antonoff, Scott Irby-Ranniar, Evan Winiker, Daniel Silbert, and Jon Shiffman.
WHAT’S THEIR STORY...
Jack and Scott started the band back in 1999, when they began playing the subways of New York. They’ve come a very long way since then. After signing with DriveThru, they came out with a few phenomenal records – ﬁne-tuning their remarkable musicianship with each release. On their most recent album, Trampoline (released October 2007), Jack put his heart out on the table and wrote lyrics stemmed from serious personal loss. The result is a beautiful rendition of a not-so beautiful time.
Jack Antonoff has often said the band is “30 years too late.”
WHY I WANT TO TURN YOU ON TO IT... They are amazing musicians who have completely mastered their art and you can see it for yourself when they come through Florida this month! I got a chance to talk with Jack Antonoff about their latest release and the current tour.
REAX: I’ve read about all of the cameos in Trampoline, including Hannah Montana’s brief cameo. I know your sister sings on the new album, and doesn’t your father play on the end of the album, too? Jack Antonoff: Oh yeah, and that’s actually a really cool story. That song at the very end is a demo that my dad made in 1973. Everyone thinks that it’s an acoustic song that I did, which I think is pretty interesting. REAX: I know this album is much more than just songs to you. You lyrically opened your heart to express the loss you’ve recently gone through. What made you decide to express yourself with Trampoline? JA: Well, in the context of writing lyrics, if you’re not going to go for it all of the way, it’s kind of like: what’s the point? The only way it’s going to be interesting is if you tell your own story, because it’s the only story that no one else has. When I started working on this record, I didn’t want to be worrying that the record was going to be generic or sounded like whatever. I just got really into it and decided that if I was going to do this, the only way to do it great was to do it 100% and not hold anything back.
REAX: And when you sing about this when you’re performing every night, what’s going through your mind? Do you think about where the lyrics are coming from? JA: Yeah, I do a lot. And it’s a really tough thing, too. I mean, when you put that much into it, it complicates things. It’s really important to me. If we’re going to play the songs and I’m going to sing the lyrics, it has to come from within every night. Yeah, it’s weird, and it deﬁnitely makes it hard. Every night is really intense for me, based on the content of these songs. REAX: So obviously, Scott doesn’t have any lead vocal parts on the new record, because you are the one doing the storytelling. Was it easy for you guys to change rolls like this? Will this be the case for future albums? JA: Actually, it was a pretty natural thing. We just ﬁgured it out, and it kind of happened. And if it will be the case for future albums, that kind of proves the point that anything could happen. You know, that was just the process for this record. I was the one coming up with a lot of it, so that’s just how it was. REAX: You recently shot your ﬁrst music
video for the song “I Feel Weird” while you guys were in Austin for SXSW. Can you tell us a little bit about the video? JA: We were trying to think of ideas for the video and nothing really made sense, because that song speciﬁcally was very personal. So, we ended up just deciding to do more of a performance video. The more we thought about it, we just came to the conclusion that the way we play that song live is the most important element. So, it’s a pretty basic performance video with all of this crazy lightening stuff in the background. It kind of looks like it could be a U2 video or something. REAX: Is it completely ﬁnished? When does it come out? JA: Yeah, it’s completely done. I think it’s coming out sometime in April. REAX: The 1969 EP was made up of covers of songs from the year 1969 that inspired you guys and your sound. Have you ever talked about doing another cover album? JA: We’ve been talking about it a lot, actually. The original concept for that CD was to do one every year. And then it turned out pretty quickly...it was what it was. But yeah, I could deﬁnitely see us
doing something like that again. Back then, we were just doing a lot of covers, and it got to the point where it was taking away from our music - and we had to get away from that. But, it’s really fun. I think it would be interesting to cover some of the more modern stuff that’s coming out now. REAX: For this tour, are you playing most of the songs from Trampoline? JA: Well, right now we’re doing this support tour, so our job is to get up there and show people what we’re all about in 30 minutes. We’re doing most of the stuff from Trampoline. And with “A Magazine” [a song from the Trampoline album], we chopped it up, and we’re only doing the middle part. We want to give people a good idea of who we are with that time frame. REAX: And are there any other projects coming up that you’re excited about? JA: Yeah, there sure is! I mean, it’s nothing I can really talk about, of course. (laughs) All I can say, is that there will be a lot of different things coming from us in the near future. steeltrain.net
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Obviously, there’s no mystique left in rock stardom. When you can wake up Monday morning and ﬁnd the results of Amy Winehouse’s Friday afternoon court-mandated urinalysis, it’s pretty much ofﬁcial: that gulf of mystery that once existed between superhuman pop icon and just-regular-human pop fan is either completely gone, or has been so successfully bridged by emerging technology that it might as well be. And that’s where we’re at. You might have to wait out the bullshit, or dig a little deeper than the initial posts on your favorite Project Celebrity Watch sites and blogs, but if you really want to, you can know more about somebody whose song you like than you know about your parents, your sister, or your lover. Once upon a time, rock stars could be anything they wanted. Perfectly adjusted womanizers, or stylish, intellectual drug addicts who worshipped a devil that always had ample supplies of hot bodies and blow. Even – if you can believe it – a Starman, a Bat Devil, another Starman Who Was Also A Playing Card, and a Curiously Incurious Cat-Man. And fans ate up the fantasy as easily as they devoured the attendant music. As a musician and writer, I was let behind the curtain before the computer-literate masses. Not too long before, mind you. But just early enough to be granted a rude awakening with regard to the differences between the ideas and realities of the musicians that so heavily inﬂuenced me. I opened for bands I’d waited years to meet, only to ﬁnd out they were dicks. I interviewed people to whom I couldn’t wait to speak, only to ﬁnd out they were dicks too. And I began to wonder exactly how much my personal knowledge of the artist inﬂuenced my opinion of that artist’s work.
One of my old bands played with Seaweed. They booted us out of the backstage area and didn’t remember us when we drove to Orlando to see them the next night! But it didn’t really affect my love for their music. I did a horrible phone interview with The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, one I swear he timed so he could mutter garbled quotes through the gristle of his dinner, and I never listened to the band the same way again – maybe he made the cagey distinction between “press” and “fan,” but I didn’t. I can’t hear Stoner Witch without thinking, “God, Buzz Osborne is a tub of cocks.” Now every fan knows everything about every artist he or she might be considering for the soundtrack of his or her life. Not only that, but they’ve got to sift through all manner of half-truths and outright lies – none of which are exactly endearing – on their way to forming a picture of said artist that isn’t – um – roughly as accurate as a blind Argentinean’s charcoal sketch of a polar bear in a snowstorm. So how much does this onslaught of “information” about the human beings who create this music inﬂuence our opinion of the music itself? I’m not sure, but I’d wager it’s too much. I’ve loved The Frames for years, and I’m perfectly willing to admit that the attention attracted by Glen Hansard’s recent Oscar win makes me nervous. It might not affect his songwriting at all – it probably won’t – but the idea of paparazzi suddenly taking interest in a brilliant and heretofore obscure artist curdles my stool. Not because one of my favorite unknown acts has suddenly been shoved into the spotlight, but because of the ripple effect notoriety has in the pop culture pond. Twenty years ago, I just thought Tommy Lee was the skinniest, craziest guy in Mötley Crüe. Now I know he’s aggressive, pathetic and almost clinically retarded. None of that has much to do with the soundtrack of my life. So let me ask you, was I better off not knowing?
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devil-may-care attitude towards the music industry.
Old habits die hard. These boundaries of ritual and tradition can sometimes force our minds to become too comfortable, falling prey to the illusion of safety. The Dukes of Hillsborough – the sentimental heroes of Tampa’s punk scene – have avoided this dubious distinction by making honest music, playing their guts out, and never taking themselves too seriously. About six years ago, it seemed like the Duke boys were shredding New World Brewery almost every weekend. Recently, they have been a lot more selective about playing shows. One big reason is that their drummer, Phil Stanwick, currently resides in Atlanta. “Phil living in Atlanta now is part of the reason we don’t play many shows around here, but outside of the ﬁrst couple of years, we never really played constant shows. I think it’s tiresome and stale for us and everyone else to play constantly in the same town,” singer/ guitarist Jeff Brawer explained. “And New World stopped giving bands open tabs for a while. That slowed us down,” bassist Travis Malloy quipped. As their name suggests, the band has become a large part of central Florida punk lore. “We ﬁgured the name would make us try harder to take over Tampa. We needed to earn it. Like Phil earning the ‘Bus’ nickname by trying to carry Jeff and me
on his back for a block. But we’ve realized we’ll never be top dogs, so now we’re just Dukes of Hillsborough. No The,” Travis recalled. While their conquest of the Bay area’s scene might not have come to fruition, the band has plenty of accomplishments that make them one of the most intriguing presences in Florida’s independent music culture. The Dukes have become mainstays at The Fest, the annual punk rock destination for debauchery on a legendary scale. “We’ve been in the lineup since Fest II. The Fest has become the best weekend of my life. I start getting the itch around the beginning of summer. I have tried to explain it to people and it sounds insane to me while I’m saying it. It’s amazing to what a grand scale this thing has grown. People are coming from all over the world. I forget who said it, but the quote that comes to mind is, ‘Playing at Fest is great because there are a few people scattered all over who like our music. And every one of them is there at Fest.’ And I’m pretty sure most people you ask would reply, “Who? They played Fest? Really? Huh, how about that?;” Phil told me. Nowadays, the Dukes mostly play the Punk House in Tampa, and Transitions at the SPOT. While they might not ﬁt the traditional deﬁnition of a straight up punk band, the guys seem to relate the most with this genre, due in large part to their
“We get along with bands that don’t take themselves so seriously. With the way the industry’s going, a lot more bands in different genres will probably start giving up on making it, and relax and play the Punk House just because it’s fun,” Travis said. “Yeah, that sums it up pretty well. We listen to all types of stuff and our music isn’t straight up punk, but we get along best with punk bands and share a lot of the same ethics,” Jeff added. “I think of it like this: our scene is like an adult softball league. We are a bunch of people (the whole music scene we are involved with) who get together and have a good time. We got jobs, and some of us have kids, and some of us have mortgages but you always make time for softball,” Phil explained. The Dukes may not be as visible as they once were, but rest assured, they still know how to shred and always have a seemingly good time. As icons of Tampa’s independent music scene, they are wellrespected and do a great job of keeping their ﬁngers on the pulse. “Things seem to be going well. There are great bands in Tampa. And the right people are in the right places. Matt and Transitions are doing a great service to Tampa and I hope people understand. Do you know he cleans up the parking lot after a show? At three in the morning, when I’m sure he wants to go home, he is out there with a trash can picking up people’s food wrappers and beer cans. Come on, people:
let’s throw our own stuff away. I like Tampa, but what is really great about it is when you talk to bands from other parts of the country and they like it too, then you think we are doing it right,” Phil told me. “Florida has too many great bands to mention. There are a lot of great younger bands coming out and a lot of old fucks like us that won’t stop playing. We also have one of the best venues in the U.S. at Transitions,” Jeff said. Only rapidly aging punk fans like me would ever describe the Dukes’ ideals as refreshing, but that’s exactly the sensation that ran through my veins after talking with these guys about our music scene (which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time). “We started about seven years ago. We were all just basically good friends who had played in different bands together in the past. We really wanted to have something with just the three of us that was laid back with no pressure or stress. We never even discussed what kind of stuff we were going to do musically. We talked more about how much we were gonna drink and try to tour with no preconceived notions of ‘making it’ in any way,” Jeff recalled about the band’s humble beginnings. Dukes of Hillsborough have been signed to Tampa’s ADD record label for years and have released three full length albums. They are working on a fourth, which they hope to have released by next year, but I think I like Phil’s plans for the future best: “Finish these beers and go to bed.”
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LOCAL ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
THE SUPERVILLAINS They’re potheads, not alcoholics. Unless it comes to Jägermeister Stuck in a time where screamo and pop punk have literally taken over, The Supervillains strive to bring something different to the table. This Orlando grown ska act has been taken under the wing of Hawaii’s own Pepper, and signed to their label, Law Records, in 2006. They released their ﬁrst album off of Law Records, Grow Yer Own, in April ‘06, and plan a sophomore release with Law and Controlled Substance Sound Labs (Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, The Expendables, The Beautiful Girls), a new label created by the Phillip brothers originally from Silverback Management. So aside from sitting around smoking weed and watching Spike’s Most Extreme Videos during interviews, the guys of The Supervillains are pretty busy. I was lucky enough to catch them right after a short tour in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and right before they begin their ﬁrst headlining tour across the U.S. next month. Dom (drums), Skart (guitar/vocals), and Smally (sax/vocals), were very anxious to talk about their new album, right after taking a few rips from a bong, of course. “We began recording in late February, and we plan to hopefully have it out in the fall of this year,” Dom said. According to the guys, we can expect some guest appearances on the new album from artists such as Slightly Stoopid and Orlando’s own Junkie Rush. “The album will have a mix of some tracks from old records and some new ones,” Skart said. “And a cool ass Billie Joel song,” Dom added. Working with Pepper has opened many doors for The Supervillains, like playing shows with other reggae and ska acts such as The Expendables and Fishbone. But The Supervillains haven’t forgotten where they come from. They still play many shows in the Orlando area, and The Social is still their favorite venue. They wish they just moved along a lot sooner, and left the Orlando area earlier. “There’s just a lot more aggression out there nowadays. Like all the emo kids who are just staring at the ﬂoor all depressed, wearing their sister’s pants and girly shirts,” Skart joked. “Are you guys in The Cure or are you at a ska show?” I think it’s safe to say that no matter what genre is popular today, The Supervillains have proved that they are here for good. “We plan to keep doing what we’re doing,” Dom says. “We’ll be on the road playing shows for a long time.” Be sure to catch them in Orlando at the Social April 11th as they start their ﬁrst headlining tour. “And don’t bother trying to smoke us out with bad weed,” Skart added. “It’s just a waste of time.”
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REAX: What do you want people to walk away from this album with? KA: I want the songs to get stuck in the listener’s head. REAX: How has Post Records helped Mumpsy? JI: It’s really like a gigantic family. I can’t tell you how many times we called Chris Cucci (owner of Post) while on tour to complain about something, like a tearyeyed child calling his papa, and Chris just listened to everything we had to say. He really does care about Orlando and local music, and he helps out bands all the time, regardless of them being on his label or not. REAX: Please comment on this John Frusciante business! Also, I read something about Sufjan Stevens. Can you tell me about that? JI: I doubt we will ever meet the man, but, yeah, he totally name-dropped us in an interview (it’s on our MySpace), and it ruled.
Orlando’s Mumpsy demonstrates what it is to be a hard working band in this town. Their travels brought them across the country to the infamous SXSW festival, but not without obstacles. Transmission troubles and even homework created hindrances, but Mumpsy perseveres with the highly anticipated release of Cat & Canary with Post Records due out this fall. Orlando will get a chance to purchase the album early at the soon to be announced CD release show in May. Upward momentum seems to continue as Mumpsy was just announced winner of the CMJ Collegiate Nationals Music championship and will be ﬂying to San Diego to play April 19th. The six piece consists of local musicians Jeff Ilgenfrizt (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Phil Longo (bass, vocals), Kristen Andre (keyboards, tambourine, vocals), Chris Rae (lead guitar, percussion, synthesizers, vocals), Waylon Thornton (drums, vocals) and Sean Moore (violin, trumpet, vocals). Ilgenfritz and Andre took some time to tell us about touring, the new release and even John Frusciante. REAX: Most recently, you headed out west leading to the SXSW festival. How was the festival? Any tour stories? Jeff Ilgenfrizt: We played a nice little show with other Florida bands, and the people were diggin’ it. Later on, Chris, Waylon and I wrote a new song in the hotel room, completely drunk. As far as tour stories go, there are too many to count. I must have bumped my head a thousand times in the trailer loading out gear; we ﬁlmed another music video (“As a Matter of Fact”) at a rest stop in Florida; Waylon was constantly surprising everyone with his witty banter; Chris Rae was eating honey out of a bottle, looking even more like a grizzly bear; I saw snow for the ﬁrst time in Pittsburgh; our show at DC9 in Washington D.C. was the best show we’ve ever played. I could go on and on, but nothing too extreme or wild on this one. REAX: How is the van and its transmission holding up? JI: Thankfully, my dad is a mechanic. As soon as the van’s transmission went out, we drove it from Gainesville in second gear the entire way on 441, back to Orlando, and he ﬁxed it. There were a couple of days in a row where we were seriously freaking out,
wondering if the tour was going to happen or not. Luckily, my dad rules. REAX: The new album, Cat & Canary, will be available for the ﬁrst time at the CD release party, but the ofﬁcial release is this fall? Kristen Andre: Yeah, having the ofﬁcial release months after a CD release party, which more or less signiﬁes a local release, is a good way of establishing local support in order to gain enough momentum so that the national release is more of a success. REAX: Can you tell me about the recording experience, how it may have differed from past experiences and how this album differs from past efforts? JI: This one, more so than the others, feels more confronted by external pressures because each song deals with two opposing forces, lyrically, at least. We recorded it in my studio, and worked on it harder than anything we’ve done so far. It was still a group effort, with a lot of my friends helping out with recording different parts to it.
Sufjan Stevens did a Christmas song contest, and we wrote and recorded a song for it. We were shocked when we found out that he picked our song among 600 entries, and that it won the “Best Garage Pop” category. Really, praise from celebrities like that is great and amazing, and you can deﬁnitely put them on your résumé, but they don’t go beyond that. It’s nice when people ask us about them, like we know them, and we just nod and say stupid things like, “I know, right?” Then we usually act like little kids talking about Superman. REAX: Kristen, how has your experience been being the only female in a group of dudes? KA: Sometimes, I hardly feel like I’m the only girl in the band. However, there are those rare times when boys will be boys. A few months ago, we were on board the “Sweet Dick Dude Tour” with the ﬁne lads of Trés Bien and Win Win Winter. Obviously during that tour, the penis jokes never got old. Not having a penis, I found myself feeling a little left out, but what ya gonna do? As far as touring, I have kind of taken on the roll as “Mama” which is my attempt to look after everyone: making sure Jeff brought a jacket, Chris is taking his vitamins, and Phil and Waylon are behaving themselves. REAX: What can 2008 expect from Mumpsy? KA: New album. More touring. Watch yo’ self! JI: I think Kristen summed it up perfectly.
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VINTAGE CLOTHING & ANTIQUES
LOCAL ALBUM REVIEW
...WHERE VINTAGE STILL MEANS ONE OF A KIND!
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With their latest release, the Palm Harbor based power-pop alternative five-piece Suburban Tragedy is showing some signs of life. The album features thoughtful insights dealing with the complicated nature of human relationships. The CD is wellproduced and it is clear that this band has spent a great deal of time honing their craft. What the disc lacks in variety and originality, it more than makes up for with a genuine sense of feeling, not present on a great deal of similar offerings from other bands in the genre, both nationally and in Florida. Ideas are bulletproof, and it’s obvious that a great deal of focus went into crafting Lies, Lust and Luxury. Perhaps best known for their appearances at the Next Big Thing music showcase and composing the theme song (“Wake Up”) for 97X’s Fisher and Boy morning show, Suburban Tragedy clearly has bigger plans on the horizon. The band is currently signed to Indegoot Entertainment, but as with their previous records this album has been independently released. You can check out some tracks from the new album at
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STAINBOY REAX: What does a Stainboy poster say about the man who makes them? Stainboy: On the surface, they say I’m a violent, crass, lecherous bastard who takes nothing seriously. Obviously, that’s not the case. My posters just give away the high-octane version of myself. The images are things we’d all like to do in real life if we could: high-speed car chases, busty gun-wielding vixens, making fun of authority figures. Putting across a sense of humor and attitude while representing the band is the most important thing to me. REAX: From your newly published, and may I say beautifully printed retrospective, I see you’ve drawn multiple posters for Nashville Pussy, Flogging Molly, Motorhead, Mastodon, Pennywise & Sevendust. Are these bands favorites of yours, and who are some of the up and coming artists you find interesting? Stainboy: Most of the time I pick the bands or shows that I like doing. Over time I’ve developed good relationships with several bands like Flogging Molly or Nashville Pussy, which has led me to doing more work for them. There’s so much stuff I listen to, new and old. That list could get long, too long. When I’m working I like to listen to soul or film scores. Sometimes I just play movies in the background: anything that puts me into a groove or the zone. My all-time favorite “desert island” bands are still the Sex Pistols and Cheap Trick. REAX: You’ve had a taste of the Rock Star life touring the world in Nutrajet with friend and legendary Tampa drummer Jeff Wood, who passed away last year. Do you fancy getting back in the limelight and playing music, or does your art now satisfy that need? Stainboy: Well, I definitely don’t have time for a band anymore and I’m an all-ornothing kind of person. I could never be in a weekend band as a hobby. I really miss Jeff a lot. We had a perfect chemistry that I know will never happen again and we were also best friends. The art definitely keeps me busy enough and I still get to travel a lot and show my work. I probably travel more now than when I was touring with Nutrajet, and believe me, touring my art all over the country is every bit as crazy as being in a band! As long as I’m making my living in art or music, I’m fine. Everyone needs a reason to live, to get out of bed everyday... something to look forward to. My work keeps me pushing ahead and reminds me that it’s great to be alive. REAX: If a band or venue wants Stainboy to create a poster for a show or tour, how would they go about doing so? Stainboy: Just contact me through my website, www.stainboyreinel.com. Oh, and give me money. REAX: With twenty years of creative experience under your studded belt, what advice can you give to aspiring artists who want to make a career out of the rock and roll poster game? Stainboy: Just go out and do it. Don’t wait for anything to come your way. It’s all about hustling. Make posters and merch designs for your favorite local bands or your own band and keep at it. The best advertisement for your work is having it posted up all over town. If you’re passionate about what you’re doing, it will show and most of the time you won’t have to look for work. It will find you. stainboyreinel.com
This month I’m going to be a little self-indulgent and take some space to tell you about the brand new gallery/studio/event space in downtown St. Petersburg that I’m opening with local photographer/fashion designer extraordinaire Marina Williams. Myself a filmmaker and Marina an artist, we want to truly create a space that supports local art as opposed to simply promoting or profiting from it. In our opinion, supporting art means cultivating successful artists. And successful artists are those who directly profit from their work; an artist who has to struggle financially to create work because of high gallery commissions cannot achieve an optimum level of success. An artist needs community support and the means to benefit from the fruits of his or her respective labor. With the goal of creating a true community space - one that is a collective effort and not an individual one - the two of us girls (along with a little help from our friends) set out to forge new ground, and thus came up with the idea of ARTpool, which opens its doors officially on Saturday April 19th with the first of what is certain to be many monthly art parties - Speedos welcome! Our vision is pretty simple: we want to partner with the community to form an organic, evolving cooperative of artists that will work together to build a sustainable and a mutually beneficial artistic environment that promotes creativity, originality, and forward thought. What does that mean exactly? Well, for example, an artist may rent space on our walls for a low monthly fee (to cover utilities/contribute to the operation of the space) and then keep 100% of the profit from any sales he or she may make, with no commission going to ARTpool. In addition to the gallery space, there are three working studios - one for myself, one for Marina, and one for an artist-in-residence. We will be having monthly art/music/fashion events, film nights, art workshops and much more. We want everyone to be a part of ARTpool, so get involved! Hang your art on our walls, come to one of our events, or just come hang out. We are located at 919 1st Avenue North, just a stone’s throw from the Arts Center and the State Theatre. If you’re in the neighborhood, come check out work from local artists Scott Lukacs, Matt Moore, Christopher Costabile, James Douglas, Matt Sunderman and others as artists and works are being displayed daily. Visit our website at artpoolrules.com for more information about our upcoming grand Opening, how to get your art on our walls, how to volunteer, and much more. And don’t forget to be our friend on MySpace - myspace.com/artpoolrules. ARTpool is gearing up for a swimmingly great season; see you on April 19th!
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I PLEDGE TO BUY HANDMADE: WATCH OUT WALLY WORLD
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In the age of corporate layoffs and outsourcing, the idea of banning these greedy monopolies sounds more appealing by the second. Iâ€™ll admit that Iâ€™ve been bitching about many of these companies for years, but then out of convenience (or utter lack of options), Iâ€™ve found myself in the checkout lane of my archenemy. As Iâ€™ve been known to say before, there is only one thing I hate more than Jimmy Buffet. I wonâ€™t name any names, but letâ€™s just say it rhymes with Small-Fart. They may stink, but they are anything but small, and these conglomerates control the masses. We are brainwashed by sales and extremely clever consumer marketing. How many times have you gone to one of said superstores and walked out with bags of things you never thought you needed? â€œBut they were on sale,â€? you say to excuse yourself, or â€œI may need this someday.â€? That super-sale just made that pile in the back of your closet grow to a mound. As the years add on, and my wisdom grows (insert smirk here), I find myself caring about the conditions in which my products are made. I want a guarantee that the shirt on my back wasnâ€™t made by a minor working a fourteen-hour shift for three cents an hour. However, I recently discovered the world of handmade products. Etsy.com has allowed artists and craftsters to make and sell everything handmade from clothing, jewelry, bath products and stationary, to furniture, geekery (everything under the sun, even pirate-themed products), plants, edibles and wedding accessories. The list doesnâ€™t end there. You name it, and someone on Etsy makes it. Purchases made in recent years would have made my teen punk rock, DIY way of thinking cringe. What made it okay to buy that dress from Target in my twenties? When I was fifteen I would have spent a day thrift store shopping to find that perfect, completely unique dress. Did the corporate marketing get to me? Did I fall for advertising campaigns, and promises of the best prices? I think most of our culture has succumbed to this consumerism, and with these stores sprouting up in every small town and major metropolis, itâ€™s hard not to. In the age of this corporate saturation, who wouldnâ€™t want to support independent artists? Your money goes directly to the creator, who most likely made the item with TLC. A handmade product is one-of-a-kind, something completely unique. That individualism doesnâ€™t exist in department stores that just contribute to a society of clones. Very importantly â€“ and not always thought of â€“ buying handmade helps the environment. Mass production is one of the major causes of global warming and air pollution, not to mention the slew of environmental abuses that come with the existence of these super stores. Lush farmland and natural habitats are destroyed while local water becomes polluted from rapid building, improper cleaning of construction sites and handling of pesticides and fertilizers sold on premises. Recycled or environmentally conscious products are frequently used in the making of handmade goods. Each purchase through something like Etsy.com is a small blow to large scale manufacturing and a step in the right direction. Each month, I will feature an artist, giving REAX readers an alternative to the big box. Local craft events that promote this consumer lifestyle will also be featured. Stop being fooled by the supposed â€œsales.â€? Support artists and join me in my Handmade Crusade! buyhandmade.org
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