What have you accomplished in the past three years? While we're pretty sure you didn't just sit on your ass (no offense if you did), chances are also good you didn't start a music rag from scratch or contribute as much to the local cultural scene as Steve Rullman did. The founder and publisher of PureHoney magazine, has been very busy. His music-filled monthly publication can be found in basically every bar from Clematis to Wynwood and back, easily accessible to the show-going masses.
To celebrate three stellar years of show schedules, band interviews, and artist showcases, Rullman did it the right way with a handpicked seven band lineup and a free show at Respectable Street this past Friday. Unlike your typical audiences, the crowd was there before the first band, Boynton Beach rockers the Psymatics, even got started.
The Psymatics sucked everyone in, whipping through catchy and well-crafted garage jams. When the strong female vocals and the lady run drumsticks hit, they hit hard. It was nice to see the VMA stage isn't the only one concerned with feminism. The Psymatics even covered the Weeknd's 'Wicked Games' before closing out with a triple guitar fury.
Next was the rush inside to see Decades Records-signed Gravel Kings. The indie folk band plays its best shows surrounded by bands outside its genre. Bringing their finest stringy goods, Gravel Kings treated the audience to songs off their new album Arrows and Maps due out on September 23.
Back on the outside patio, local teenage duo Jude sounded exactly how you wanted it to. The act made an internet splash when releasing "Crystals" on Soundcloud this May. Playing only its sixth show, Jude brought its minimalistic, electronic sound to new fans. Wearing all black, Kevin Neal focused on guitar, keys, and synth while Sydney Morris' vocals brought human sounds to the songs.
Sweet Bronco, one of the most buzzed about bands of the night, rocked the inside stage like one big happy family. Original West Palm rockers the Alleys brought its brand of punk to the patio with potentially the most energetic bass playing of all time, leading right up to the headlining Roadkill Ghost Choir.
Featured on Late Night With David Letterman earlier this year, Deland's Roadkill Ghost Choir has nearly perfected the folk rock genre. The crowd was more than pleased. Finally, the Plastic Pinks closed out the show with some Miami garage rocking.
The PureHoney-supplied indie energy thrived at this three year celebration. We'll see you at number four in 2015. Just remember to bring your tattoos and dancing shoes.
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