Last year's Nightmare in the Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale would have been the biggest event By the Way Inc. ever hosted. But a little atmospheric nuisance called Hurricane Wilma made landfall a week earlier, and BTW's plans were lost in a sea of blue tarps. Now on its second go-around, BTW has teamed up with the City of Fort Lauderdale to host the Halloween party that should have been. And like the originally scheduled Nightmare, this Tuesday's event is big on live music.
"We've had three events ruined by storms," BTW's Yvonne Colón says. "The first time was a show at the [Fort Lauderdale] Saloon. Then there was last year's Nightmare in the Park. This year, we had the Follow Your Art event planned until Ernesto came."
And we all remember how much of a storm Ernesto was. Still, nearly everything that was planned for last year's Nightmare is happening this year a haunted forest, a costume skateboard contest, an art contest, a bloodmobile, a broadcast from 88.5 FM, video screenings by Destination Television (BarTV), and a solid lineup of bands, both local and out-of-town.
Nightmare in the Park
Here's a look at who's performing, in order of appearance: Kill Miss Pretty (dark but fun electro-rock), the Same (somewhere between classic rock and pop-punk), Tres Bien (garagey indie pop), Black Cabaret (a solo performance by Scott Putesky, formerly Daisy Berkowitz of Marilyn Manson), Southern Flaw (more Southern than flawed), Dooms De Pop (featuring BTW's own Garo Gallo), the Bikes (a potpourri of power-poppy post-punk), and Mr. Entertainment and the Latter Day Pookiesmackers (hyper-eclectic rock 'n' roll psychedelia).
Most of these bands will appear on BTW's upcoming compilation CD, Now Ear This, which is scheduled to drop in late November. Aside from tracks by a few out-of-towners, the 26-song disc is like a calling card for South Florida.
"When I listen to the songs on that CD, I realize how much talent there is down here," Gallo says, describing his own band as "forward-thinking, aggressive prog-pop."
"There are a lot of great bands down here, but you rarely get to see them in the same place at once," Gallo adds. "And they're all diverse. There's no 'South Florida sound.' These are bands that don't sound like each other."
Like Now Ear This, Nightmare in the Park is here to bring all these bands to one location, so you don't have to drive around the tricounty area hoping to check 'em out one by one. Hell, by the time you could accomplish that feat, BTW will have hosted five more such events. So head to Stranahan Park and save some gas you never know when the next Wilma will steal it away from you. Jason Budjinski
Nightmare in the Park takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, at Stranahan Park, 100 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Call 954-828-6686.
Etymology: English, from Latin metallum, mine; and Revelation, Greek apokalypsis, from apokalyptein, to uncover
1: A revelation of doom in which twin guitars portend the downfall of civilization
2: A ragingly badass new show on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" block that combines the gory hyperbole of Peter Jackson's Dead Alive and D.C. Comics' Lobo with the spot-on music-culture satire of Beavis & Butt-Head and Tenacious D. It chronicles a half-Scandinavian, half-American band named Deth-klok a thrash-metal supergroup that is, according to one early episode, "the greatest entertainment force in the history of the world," commanding riches that make the band the Earth's 12th-largest economy. Led by Florida-born, hemi-voiced Nathan Explosion, the group also employs guitarists Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Toki Wartooth, bassist William Murderface, and Pickles the Drummer. On International Dethfan Day, banks close worldwide because fans rush to withdraw their life savings to visit the band's home, Mordland. When Murderface offhandedly disses the Louvre, fans torch it. Three hundred thousand fans travel to the Arctic Circle to hear the band play a coffee jingle. Many die when the band's airlifted stage lands like a meteor in the crowd. Survivors cheer.
3: A brutal 11 minutes, every episode. A circus of maiming, beating, casual stabbing, shooting, aggressive pissing, and general cluelessness on the part of the band members.
4: A fitting if unlikely vehicle for the vocal talents of Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, who have appeared on the show as a troll and the Queen of Denmark, respectively.
5: Source of such quotes as: "Oh, blood puke! Good song title! Someone write that... oh, that's right, we already wrote that." And: "The fact that my parents had sex in order to create me makes me want to be buried alive." And: "The birthday cake has got to be totally metal."
6: "Like Cannibal Corpse on Broadway," as co-creator Brendon Small told the Boston Phoenix this summer.
7: Better than that, actually.
8: The only known cartoon in which the Queen of Denmark dies a horrible, guttering death upon eating birthday cake icing made of mercury. Sam Eifling
West Palm Beach's Know the Score is making noise with a return to hardcore punk's angry roots, having produced an album, All Time Low, recently released on South Florida's own Eulogy imprint. Outtakes sat down with vocalist Pete215 and drummer/ex-Ridgemonts member Jeffy Scott to figure out the point spread for the band and this week's upcoming album-release party.
What's with the "No Fat Chicks" shirts and the athletic imagery on the merch?
Pete215: The "No Fat Chicks" shirt pisses people off, I guess. We don't care at all. Nerds love to go on the Internet and say that we are sexist and misogynistic, and it only fuels us to continue making offensive shit. As far as the athletic imagery on the shirts, it's just who we are. When it comes to the designing of our stuff, I try to only make shit that I would actually wear. Brass knuckles, blood splatters, and shit like that will never be on a Know the Score shirt. That shit is lame and played the fuck out. Do you really want another band shirt with a skull on it? I didn't think so.
What are you guys listening to right now?
Scott: I've been listening to a band called New Mexican Disaster Squad a lot lately. They're an early '80s Cali-hardcore-influenced band from Orlando. I've also been listening to a band from the Bay Area of California called Ceremony.
Pete215: I pretty much listen to the same bands day in and day out: Blood for Blood, Ringworm, OLC, Blacklisted, Gangstarr. As far as newer stuff, it has been Wisdom in Chains' Die Young CD, without a doubt.
Is anyone in the band straight-edge?
Scott: Nicholas and Seth are both straight-edge.
How old are the members?
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Scott: Pete is 26, Nicholas [guitar] is 22, Seth [bass] is 20, Jared [guitar] is 21, and I am 23. We've all been doing this for a long time, though. Seth and I started touring together when I was 17 and he was 14. Nicholas, Jared, and Pete have all toured a lot also.
Are you going to tour this year?
Scott: We've been doing a lot of touring on weekends no matter how far it is to get to where we're going. In October, we're playing Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, and other [cities] all on weekends. In fact, I'm gearing up for a 16-hour overnight drive today to make it to our show in Baltimore tomorrow with Shattered Realm, who is on Eulogy Recordings with us. We've got multiple trips planned to Texas, trips to Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, California, and the Northeast in the works for early 2007. Drink coffee and sleep when you die, I guess. D. Sirianni
Know the Score joins Kids Like Us, Seventh Star, Nervous Breakdown, Dead Weight, Low Cool, and Thick as Blood at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 27, at the Polish American Club, 1250 NW 22nd Ave., Miami. Admission costs $8 to $10. Call 305-635-2240.