This week's local's show at Revolution Live with Civilian, the Goddamn' Hustle, Kids, and Pretty Girls isn't just bringing the same old. Nope, at this juncture, all four bands - including some of the area's fine pop and indie rock acts - will also present new material.
This is the first in a series of shows at the venue with an eye on SoFla's talented acts. "I couldn't be more proud to be playing this show with bands I respect and grew up with," said Civilian frontman Ryan Alexander about the lineup. His dynamic and introspective group plays out-of-town shows almost exclusively these days, so Saturday night's performance is a bit of a homecoming for Alexander. "I get a different type of excitement than when we play to strangers somewhere else. As much as I love the challenge of having to win over a crowd, I also love playing before a sea of familiar faces."
Alexander's troupe recently celebrated the two year anniversary of its lauded album Should this Noose Loosen, by releasing a live music video for the moving track "Everybody's Hungry," recorded at Orlando's Emissary Studios. Civilian is in the middle of writing its follow up record and some of the songs will be unveiled this Saturday night.
Synthesizer-driven quartet Kids will also play some new songs; their latest record is currently being finalized right now. As for the Goddamn' Hustle, it's not only sharing new songs, it's premiering a whole new sound, according to lead vocalist Ashley Reda. "Our new material is a lot more straight-up rock and way more bluesy in a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-esque way," he explained.
On the topic of the scene, Alexander points out, "Not a lot of people care about local music in South Florida, it's hard to survive down here." He says he'd probably be doing something else if it wasn't for the moral support he's received from groups like the Goddamn' Hustle and Kids over the years.
Civilian, the Goddamn' Hustle, Kids and Pretty Girls. 8 p.m., Saturday May 31, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $5. Call 954-449-1025, or visit jointherevolution.net.
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