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Fresh Off the Van's Warped Tour, Lake Worth's Everymen Play Dress-Up Friday Night at Propaganda

About a year ago, New Times sat with bluegrass punks Everymen at Lake Worth coffee shop Mother Earth and shot the breeze. The self-proclaimed "crusty punks" prepared to release their debut album, When Water's Thicker Than Blood. Decorated with innumerable tattoos, facial piercings, and copious amounts of facial hair, the band members were in jovial spirits, cracking jokes at one another's expense and ecstatic about their upcoming LP and subsequent tour.

Everymen has since embraced the troubadour spirit. For over a year, these dudes have been either just returning from tour or about to embark on one. Even so, they managed to compile their sophomore effort, Beautiful Curse. It's a much more expansive and cohesive effort than their debut.

The kinetic band celebrates the Beautiful Curse release this Friday with a proper dress-up shindig at Propaganda. Yes, you read right: The bedraggled Everymen fellas want to party fancy-schmancy style, in the dive-bar confines of Propaganda. We rang up Everymen's colorful and charismatic frontman, Captain Bobo, to double-check that this dress-up thing wasn't some prank.

New Times: Sergio, we know you guys are a bunch of pranksters. Are you for real about this dressing-up deal for your Friday-night CD release fiesta?
Sergio Witis (AKA Captain Bobo): Yes, it's totally for real, dude. We are encouraging the men in the audience to come in three-piece suits and for women to wear nice dresses. It's kind of fun; we don't get to look good too often. This is all really a tribute to my mom, who told me last year she felt there was no romance in music or art anymore. That message really hit home for me. We want to bring the romance back to music.

So that would explain the slower, more pensive moments heard on your new album, Beautiful Curse, moments like "Carry On."
Yes, the romance factor was definitely going through my mind when I wrote that one. We also all had grown tired of playing fast songs all the time. In this album, we tried to slow down a bit. I'd like to put out songs for people to hang out and drive to also.

Beautiful Curse not only differs stylistically than When Water's Thicker Than Blood but also feels like a much more optimistic album?
During the last album, I was coming out of a huge black cloud. I just quit doing drugs and was learning how to live. It's undeniably a very dark album. The Beautiful Curse album is set out to identify with people. We have found our place. We set out to make songs that speak about different experiences in life. The gay experience, the punk experience, the circus-sideshow-freak experience. It's about acceptance and showing kids not to judge each other.

Speaking about kids, how did your recent gigs on the Florida stops of the Vans Warped Tour go?
Warped Tour really woke us up, witnessing the effect we have on kids. It's interesting how bands interact with the young crowd at these festivals. We realized we can make a difference. We can share with these kids all the things we went through, and hopefully they won't make the same mistakes.

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Alex Rendon

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