Interviews

Die Trying Has "Been at the Bottom, Trying to Get to the Top"

Miami punk band Die Trying encourages sing-alongs at shows. Frontman and primary songwriter Tony Flores isn't sure you'll understand his lyrics, so take some time to learn them, and share the vocal spotlight. "You can join the band," he says, "because I think the mics are for everyone. We're all fucking equal." Whether or not his bandmates agree with this assessment of humanity is up for debate, but they all appreciate the enthusiasm he presents onstage.

For two years, the Oi the Boat-signed band has been performing around South Florida and recently returned from its third, longest, and most successful national tour. Members of the band are not neophytes, Shawn Perkins, Los Treces, Chris DeCastilla, and Charles Wynn, as well as Flores have played in other local acts like Hellhounds, Unit Six, F.A.T.E, and VCR.

Die Trying has one self-released EP, which it recorded live, and two 7-inch vinyls out on its label. Appropriately on the Fourth of July, Die Trying's song "On the Streets of MIA" was released as part of Voi!ce of America Vol.4 with label mates from around the country, Sniper 66, Concrete, and Hard Evidence. Just last week, the guys started working with No Peace for All's Rick Carmona on the next big project, taking more time to craft this, the group's second EP.

We met with guitarist Treces, bassist DeCastilla, and Flores at Churchill's Pub during a Wednesday night Treces throws, Vinyl Solutions, where you can bring and spin your own records (Take note!). Along with Nayra Serrano, the Hialeah native runs the booking company, Idle Hands, that handles shows at the classic Miami venue (Take note again!). We found that the three guys have a diversity of opinions on certain things, but definitely not their music.

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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.
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