New Wave Gospel


Maybe you missed its Cinco de Mayo show at SpiderPussy, but if you like dangerously catchy, keyboard-driven tunes, Elkland is your band. The synth-poppers formerly known as the Goat Explosion bring their brand of hook-laden electro back to South Florida after finishing a stint opening for Erasure. Formed in the backwaters of upstate New York and weaned on evangelical gospel, the band shunned its roots and instead consumed a heavy diet of Depeche Mode, the Smiths, Joy Division, and other 1980s English new wave. They eventually grabbed the notice of NYC A&R men, signed to Capitol, and released their first full-length, Golden, earlier this year. Sporting the requisite semi-asymmetrical hairdos and faux-hawks, these pretty boys put on a performance that belies their obvious youth, prancing, dancing, and rocking across the stage in fits of melody.
Second-most unexciting promo shot ever.
Second-most unexciting promo shot ever.

Elkland plays at 11 p.m. Friday, October 14, at the Pawn Shop, 1222 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-373-3511. Elkland also appears at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 15, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $8. call 561-832-9999.

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