With a furry maritime shtick that has arguably one of the better band logos going in South Florida, Octo Gato is a delicious mix of punk and surf rock. While it might be easy to cite any outfit that's ever heard Link Wray or Dick Dale or even spent way too many afternoons spinning old Agent Orange or Surf Punks platters, Octo Gato brings it together with the swag of a cute kitten that enjoys a heavy session of shokushu goukan.
It's easy to picture these guys as extras on one of the zanier episodes of The Love Boat drying Isaac Washington's bar. It would be easy to dismiss the leis and day-glo approach to life too, but Octo Gato brings the sounds out with chutzpah and that underlying energy that made those silly beach movies of yesteryear so fun to watch.
Joining the band on the bill for Kreepy Tiki Tattoo and Monterey Club's 2014 holiday bash is Margate's long running punkers, the Shakers celebrating its twentieth year anniversary -- or as Pat Shaker put it on the Facebook event page, "FYI, it's the Shakers 20th anniversary, well, three days off but 20 years nonetheless! Let's party!!!"
It's hard to imagine that these dudes have been at it for so long, but the numbers don't lie. The Shakers have been shaking it in South Florida for two decades and are without a doubt, Margate's only punk rock superstars. There have been some lineup changes here and there, but for the most part, Pat's kept the band going with its always welcome three chord racket.
Also on the bill are Boca Raton's progressive psych rockers Smith Sundy and up and coming post-rock/emo band the Old Fashioned doing an acoustic set. The Shakers might be celebrating a milestone and Octo Gato may steal the drama with its wardrobe, but this has all the makings of a show, any show, that took place 20 years ago when bands representing different subgenres of rock and roll could share a stage for the night in order to have a good time.
What was true then, is true now. And what a nice way to close out 2014. This will hopefully set up the live music attitude for the New Year. How can you resist a cute and fuzzy-wuzzy kitty that wants to hug you with all of its eight tentacles, err, paws? Right?
Octo Gato with The Shakers, Smith Sundy and The Old Fashioned at 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 27 at Kreepy Tiki/The Monterey Club, 2606 S. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale. $5. Call 954-598-1887, or visit themontereyclub.net.