Don't let anyone tell you there's no good music coming out of South Florida. Our scene may be compact, but some of the most delightful things in life are diminutive, like kittens or sandwiches (the big ones are always kind of soggy, no?).
The Cost is one local act with a sound that sets them apart and above many of the others. Though they're all in their very early 20s, lead singer Manny Roman gave his own solid interp of the Lemonheads' "My Drug Buddy" for County Grind's 420 cover songs, and recently at Lester's, the band covered The Cure's "10:15 Saturday Night."
With their own modern angle, they're tapping into a musical past we're thrilled to see revived. The Cost has the jingle of garage pop, the darkness of the early Cure, and a definite fuck-you punk sensibility.
The Jellyfish Brothers include actual brothers Gregorio and Eduardo Alvarez and Shroud Eater's Janet Valentine. Greg and Eddy not only play in the local scene but they document it with their totally relevant video doc series, Audio Junkie. At the last County Grind Live, Greg collaborated with Bleeding Palm to create fantastic visuals to accompany the performing acts. Though Valentine has already played the County Grind stage, we're certain her charms will work on audiences past metalheads. Below are two songs by the Jellyfish Brothers. "Paper Planes" was recorded by Rat Bastard.
Boils and Goyles
You might call this new act a Miami supergroup. Boils and Goyles is led by Rick Diaz of 90s Teen and, well, a slew of other projects, Rob Goyanes of Slashpine is on bass, and Dorys Bello of Luma Junger bangs prettily and heartily on the drums. Though they've only recently formed, already the band recorded with Rat Bastard and played a show in Orlando. Below is evidence of this baby band's future of grownup success.
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.