With their golden-age comic book costumes, silly supervillains, and absurd song titles, the Aquabats are punk rawks answer to GWAR. Only, instead of promising the destruction of the known universe through copious bodily fluids, the Bats are out to protect it. The superhero rock brigade got its start in Huntington Beach, California, back in 1994 as a part of the resurgent ska wave that saw bands like Real Big Fish and Mighty Mighty Bosstones hitting it big. Beyond the trumpets and the tude, the Aquabats differentiated themselves from the ska pack with ridiculous-but-inspired lyrics about Martians, killer snakes, and men born of powdered milk. Who doesnt love that?
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Over the years, though, the Bats have endured countless lineup changes (even Blink 182s Travis Barker picked up the sticks for them at one point), as well as enduring a dramatic shifting of the musical landscape. As a result, theyve all but dropped the ska element from their music, replacing noisy brass and staccato rhythms with nerd-rock style synthesizers and heavier guitar work. And oddly, the change seems to fit their personas as geeky defenders of the free world even better. The group is still touring off their genre-shifting 2005 record, Charge!!, and is busy working on their fifth release. The Aquabats and their ravenous fan club, the Cadets will hit the Culture Room tonight at 7:30 (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $17. Visit cultureroom.net.
Fri., Nov. 14, 2008