Beginning in the summer of '65, the Tropics dominated the state of Florida's music scene opening shows for The Who in Miami, The Young Rascals in Tampa and Herman's Hermits in Jacksonville, at the Diplomat Hotel in Miami opening the show for Heinz Heinz & Dad.
The Tropics recorded their first 45 RPM records in Tampa Bay area recording studios and later at Malaco Recording Studios in Jackson Mississippi. In 1968 a recording session at Colombia Records Studios in New York produced their first national hit, a song titled "Time."
The Tropics - As Time's Gone (2013) vinyl rip, full album
Gringo Star are insouciant explorers, tossing the paddles overboard and drifting on the currents of their lackadaisical curiosity across a rippling sonic ocean, out to the far edges of rock & roll. Shots pulsing from a vintage Leslie speaker, their guitars, keys and vocals create the psychoactive ingredients of their echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems; psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti-western weirdness. Taking cues from Santo & Johnny, The Stooges, Ritchie Valens, Marc Bolan, Percy Faith, Sam Cooke, the men working on the chain gang—uh! ah!—they’re all here, their electric ghosts reaching across time, tapping Gringo Star on the shoulder like the crossroads devil to Robert Johnson, bestowing secrets, passing torches.
Gringo Star - Rotten (official)
With No Seasons (Florida's Dying) they freaked their way through the swamps, a psycho stomp of a record, all hallucinations and hand claps. Glazin’ (Hardly Art) found a more polished sound. They installed AC units inside their mobile homes, found a way to turn neon into ice cubes. Now, with their third full-length, the self-titled Jacuzzi Boys, they're going grand, building limestone monuments to those that boogied before them, while writing hypnotic ear worms by the light of a cigarette. Gone is the swamp-thing snarl. In it’s place, the indestructible cool of the casino slot-jockey with nothing to lose.
Recorded at Key Club Recording Co. in Benton Harbor, Michigan—same as 2010’s Glazin’—the new record takes full advantage of expert engineers Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins' sonic sandlot, with Kramer in charge of mastering. The end result? A smashing set of tunes as dazzling as a sparkler.
It’s like that movie you once saw. The one with the boy and the girl and the plastic lounger on the beach. “Be My Prism” was the invitation. “Black Gloves” and “Double Vision” the promise. “Dust” was the rising tide. “Rubble,” the dirty uncle. “Hotline” was the lightning storm, and “Ultraglide” was the ending, the part where he drove her home with the windows down.
You remember you liked it.
It stayed with you while you swam alone in your pool that night.
Jacuzzi Boys - Happy Damage (Official Music Video)
Plastic Pinks formed in Jan of 2013 and have kept the integrity of their energetic sound throughout the years, even after going through some line up changes. Known for their charismatic performances, energetic music and their commitment to their craft, they have toured over the years and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. They once shared the road with AJ Davila (Terror Amor / Davila 666) which helped pave the way for future tours where they promoted their various releases
Plastic Pinks - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
BOYTOY from NYC float somewhere between 60s surf jams and 90s grunge rock. Glenn Michael Van Dyke and Saara Untracht-Oakner founded the band in 2013 with two guitars, drums, and infectious melodies. They craft catchy, fuzzy, rock nuggets that create dreamy summer vibes all year round and have been regularly packing rooms around New York City and LA. BOYTOY has two European tours under the belt as well as a Puerto Rican adventure with their current line-up including Chase Noelle on drums(formerly of Thelma And The Sleeze) and Lena Simon on bass (La Luz). With their sophomore album coming out in April 2018, the four band members continue their tireless touring, with plans for more or Europe, SXSW, and a full US tour.
(HD) BOYTOY - What's Your Name by Kapturing Music
The Young Step
The Young Step hail from St. Augustine, Florida. Their sound is as obscure and mysterious as the northeast Florida swampland, with subtle impressions of David Bowie, David Byrne, The Doors, Roxy Music, and T-Rex, blended with New Wave quirkiness a'la Devo and the B-52s, and including a sort of 'Rock N' Roll Spiritual' aspect only the lovechild of Alan Watts and Janis Joplin would understand. It's a funky-sexy-quirky mind-trip.
The Young Step - "Yoga" Official Video
The Mother Gooses
In a little more than a year as a band, the Jacksonville-based Garage Surf trio The Mother Gooses has already recorded two EPs, while building a dedicated local following with the ragged, unhinged energy of their live shows. Produced by Dan Brown (Royal Trux, 68 Comeback, The Screws), both 4-track EPs, Aug. 2016's "I Want You" and Nov. 2016's "My Baby Left me by the Sea..." present a sound heavily influenced by the music of mid twentieth century California surf culture and primitive 60s Garage compilations like "Back From the Grave," as well as the revivalists of subsequent decades like The Cramps, The Gories, and Thee Oh Sees. The group just began work on its first LP, anticipating an early 2018 release.
Chasing tales with the mother gooses
Glove is a New Wave, Synth, Dance Rock n roll band from Tampa, FL. You can hear stripped down influences of Devo, B-52's, Gary Numan and Talking Heads. Their catchy synth and guitar leads are supported by kraut-rock driven drums and bass. Glove's plans are to be consistently on tour. Their 3rd show ever was a tour kick-off.
Glove was formed by Rod Woolf and Brie Denicourt from a spin off of a previous project. Along with their close friend Michelle Primiani, who was eager to learn music and picked up synthesizers easily, they plan on picking up right where they left off.
OPOTW LIVE with Glove - Gary Numan
Ben Katzman's Degreaser
BUFU Records’ Bad-Boi-in-Chief Ben Katzman shares his pure love of shredding with DeGreaser. Christened by his love for the rok gods KISS and Van Halen – DeGreaser shreds through Ben Katzman’s life experiences – like a modern day version of American Graffiti.
Ben Katzman's DeGreaser - Virgo Babe In A Maiden Shirt (Live Session)
DL is Okay
DL is OK. It’s a statement about the guy’s disposition - looking for fun on the beaches and barstools of New York, not always finding it, but ultimately doing all right. He’s the kind of guy that makes music that’s easy to love, as much a product of his parents record collection as misguided teenage listening. His stuff is earnest and full of guitars and melodic bits that are so obvious to love that you wonder where they’ve been all this time. It’s perfect for bright outdoor hangs and dark interior unwinds. It’s Tom Petty and Teenage Fanclub and those keyboards that are all over every 80s record you forget you love until you find them in a jukebox at 3AM.
Into The Flood by DL is OK
Timothy Eerie is a cosmic descendent of a super massive supernova born in the Pleiades star cluster near the gemini constellation. As a young star child he became fascinated with music after being inspired by the sound of a pulsar. After several years of experimenting with hallucinogenic space drugs, Timothy Eerie began composing his own songs. Sadly, the peaceful commune he lived on was maliciously overthrown by the Dark Energy Empire and he was forced to take refuge on Earth. Since then he has assembled a band of gypsy travelers to spread musical joy with a sound that is both old and new. Currently based out of Orlando, FL, psych rock band Timothy Eerie plans to release variety of interesting weirdness in the forms of auditory, visual, and sensory art. Get ready to drop out.
Feeling Human (omnichord session) by Timothy Eerie