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.
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.
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.
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