Propaganda Says Goodbye to Many Musicians as They Head Home and to South by Southwest


March 12, 2012

Better than: A 1,101-mile travel day (distance from West Palm Beach to Austin).

For those not making the trek to South by Southwest this week, last night offered a much-needed quality live-music fix. Four bands, each traveling in their own direction, met for a moment at Lake Worth's musical pit stop, Propaganda.

As an unofficial send-off event, each band politely paused for its turn at the four-way stop before carrying on in its own direction.

The Jameses are on the fast lane to SXSW, the Dewars taking the backroads all the way to (hopefully) New York; Ralston, having paid his dues, turnpikes it to Tennessee, and Yellow # 6 simply enjoys the thrill of the ride.

So who's actually leaving?

The Dewars head back to their new home, St Augustine, today. While they may not be going to SXSW this year, they more than made up the mileage trekking across Florida as they attempt to play as many shows as possible while their music finds a fit with producers in New York.

Fresh from the drive returning from Orlando's Orange You Glad Festival, they offered a peek at some new music and an always-evolving yet

uniquely Dewaresque, psychedelic, folksy, sing-song sound.

The Jameses are exploring life outside of Florida's confines for the first time. But don't worry -- they'll be back! They'll head to SXSW to show Austin why they might be considered the most electronic punk rock (punktronic?) experience you've ever witnessed. 

The band offers songs with a lightning-speed punk classic kick drum and snare BOOM CHICK BOOM CHICK BOOM CHICK with electronic hooks that could only be described as possessively catchy.

Much like the infamous Banana Boat "Day-O" scene in Beetlejuice, you'll observe your body moving from moshing to a conga line before you even hear someone

say "Beetle-James" for the third time. Last night's performance was no exception. The Jameses are dangerously intoxicating. Austin, you've been warned.

John Ralston. He's actually leaving. Not to our knowledge has anyone as cool as John actually heeded the advice of George Thorogood's big brother Bob,

but Ralston actually got a haircut and got a real job.

We can only believe that the smile on John's face during the solid Shadows of the Summertime set was from a deep knowing that there is stability in a 9-to-5. But it may also serve as a perfect alibi in tricking his wife into moving closer to the Nashville music scene. More on this development as his music career flourishes in Tennessee.

South Florida will miss you dearly, Ralston family.


Crowd: Regulars of the Palm Beach County music scene that arrived due

to some traveling of their own. This crowd most likely got to Propaganda by way of the Snooze, stopping for refreshments at Respectable Street, peeking into the Speakeasy, hanging a left at Little Munich, heading underground at Club Sandwich, and circling back to Propaganda.

Personal bias: Mike at the front door says, "Give Yellow #6 a good review." I'm

glad to know I'm not the only fan of this band's potential.

Head's-up: With so many local musicians in the crowd, we chatted with many

about some current projects, such as: New seven-inch to look out for, says New

Coke's Danny Morales. We talked to Adam Perry about Guy Harvey's newest

seven-inch and work on a full length, and we're reminded of long-awaited

unreleased albums from Chris Horgan's prior outfit, Sweet Bronco. We'll

keep you updated as to the releases of each. 

Random note: Now registering for the John Ralston Grief Workshop: A community resource for Floridians who may be dealing with pain and resentment. For a limited time, also open to those who might be having trouble letting go of possessions such as, a beloved yellow Jeep.

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