Some weird and wonderful things happened on Saturday night at Green Room. An impromptu conga line made its way around the pool table, a couple made out on and slid up and down the VIP area's stripper pole, and it seems a bunch of people took off their shoes and piled them in the middle of the dance floor. Most importantly though, we compiled a really rad lineup for this, our fourth installment of County Grind Live. It both demonstrated good taste and a good time, if we do say so ourselves.
This County Grind Live, we decided to showcase three newer South Florida acts. It can be risky bringing three Miami bands that aren't the Jacuzzi Boys up to play for a Broward crowd. But the audience, a mix of fans, bands, and wanderers from America's Backyard, kept the club busy. The bands didn't fail to impress, and DJ Benton G livened up the room with genuinely good, memorable, and atypical music, including even a little "Werewolves of London."
The Cost has been a band I've enjoyed immensely since they first started playing about a year ago. While most twenty-two year olds were playing punchy, messy garage rock at that time, these four have a distinctly nineties sound that I love. Though the Cost arrived a little late, they immediately jumped onstage with a cool strong energy. They even included their cover of the Cure's "10:15 Saturday Night" which got this lady dancing around like a teenaged fangirl.
The Jellyfish Brothers took the stage next, bringing smiles and dark surfy sounds to an eager crowd. Greg Alvarez and Janette Valentine both sang and strummed with a hint of glee in their eyes. The Jellyfish Brothers haven't been around for a long time either, but the brothers Alvarez of Audio Junkie
certainly rounded out their sound with the addition of the lovely Ms. Valentine on bass. Their set was tight and the band definitely gained some new fans that night.
I will refer again to Boils and Goyles as a Miami supergroup consisting of Rick Diaz of 90s Teen and literally five other musical endeavors (seven total), Rob Goyanes of Self and Other and Slashpine
, and Luma Junger's Dorys Bello on drums. This was one of their first live shows as a band. The three harmonized nicely and they demonstrated a certain sonic something that perked all of our ears. I'm pretty certain you'll be hearing a lot more of Boils and Goyles in and out of South Florida. This band is definitely working for all three musicians and maybe Diaz's most well-conceived and interesting project yet. Looking forward to hearing the recordings they made this past week with Rat Bastard.
No one would confuse any of the acts we had performing for any other bands making music around these parts. Each has a distinct sound. If we do say so ourselves, this County Grind night demonstrated that there is awesome, original music being made and played in South Florida, and that there is an audience for it in BroCo. Looking forward to bringing you more of this sort of high quality tropical creativity!