Justin Crumpton is from Muscle Shoals, AL, a place he describes as, "pretty much exactly the same as it was in the 1970s." It is, he adds, "known for its soul music, history, that sort of thing." Crumpton, a guitarist since he was 14, was more of a metal kid who got into classical music -- of which he says, "That was a weird phase. It really does stuff to your brain." He also spent a lot of time touring with bands over the past decade. This eventually led him to the lovely Lake Worth, the where he currently resides and which he says he loves.
He played with Satan's Youth Ministers for 8 years, and then with Nightmare Boyzzz. It was on the road in 2009, playing a Propaganda show with Surfer Blood, that he first fell for his new hometown. "I thought it was awesome. It was like a Wednesday night, but the show was packed. People were going crazy and shit."
Crumpton became a South Florida resident a year back, and he's playing with a new band, Lazer Puzzy -- it seems he can't escape those "z"s, though the name preceded him. Lazer Puzzy retains the same punk garage energy as his last band, but, he says, "Lazer Puzzy is going to be a little snottier, a little brattier than what I was doing with Nightmare Boyzzz."
His former band is still touring with a different lineup. He did five releases with Nightmare Boyzzz, and played SXSW two years in a row. Particularly memorable were the Burger Records showcases -- Bill Murray showed up to introduce the Nerves' reunion (Crumpton called this, "the ultimate") and they shared a merch table with David Liebe Hart and James Quall from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Though Lazer Puzzy has only played a few shows, he guarantees, "it's turning into something really good," calling it "pretty fresh, pretty new." For him, it's a new group of guys with new influences and they've written most of the songs together as a band.
They're planning to record soon and are currently piecing together equipment. "We want it to be a solid sounding recording, something that really represents the band," he explains. "Sometimes it's hard to get what you're doing live on record. That sort of takes a little bit of experimentation and work."
The guitarist also writes for British music zine One Way Ticket, and is very into wine. He works at the boutique wine store Crown Wine Spirits. "It's one of the coolest jobs I've ever had. I've got to learn so much." He says, "The wine cooler is full!" He explains he likes craft beers too, but "my heart's just with wine." And when asked what would he pair with Lazer Puzzy's sound? "A big heady cab, some California pinot, depending on the winery." He's a shiraz man though.
The band is playing two shows this month. January 19, they're the only act performing at Kismet Vintage's rummage sale, and then they're opening for Turbo Fruits at Propaganda a week later. "We're just trying to get our stuff out there. Start the year with a bang."
They've actually played at Kismet before. His advice on what to do at a this next Lazer Puzzy show? "Show up, and be ready to buy some clothes."
Kismet's $5 Rummage Sale, noon, January 19, at Kismet Vintage, 157 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach. Visit kismetvintage.com. Turbo Fruits with New Coke and Lazer Puzzy, 8 p.m., January, 26, at Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth. Visit facebook.com/PropagandaLakeWorth.