Q&A: Cardiothief Brings Tasty Jams to Radio-Active Records This Evening

Feeling old? Well, Cardiothief could be the first band to list West Palm indie gems Surfer Blood as an influence on its Facebook page. The four-piece from Plantation also digs another County Grind fave in NYC twee rockers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Listening to the handful of tunes has posted on Cardiothief's SoundCloud page, we do hear glimmerings of both bands in these over-modulated melodies sung over it's wall of fuzzy guitar blitz.

The four American Heritage School seniors (they point out that they are not cut from rich private school cloth, and are all on scholarship) bring what they call their "honestly tasty jams" to Fort Lauderdale vinyl Mecca Radio-Active Records today at 8 pm, in what is only the second "official" gig for the guys.

We caught up with the band's drummer Jonathan Desjardins-Martel to get the full scoop on these promising saplings.

New Times: You are the first band we've encountered listing Surfer Blood as an influence, in what manner have they influence you guys?

Desjardins-Martel: The fact that some music as cool as Surfer Blood came out of South Florida inspired us to make our own.

How long have you been together?

A little more than a year now. We started around February 2010. Cardiothief was originally created by the three of us -- Alex Bronca (vocals/guitar) Jonathan Desjardins-Martel (drums) and Shephard Bell (guitar). We had a bassist for our first performance, but that simply didn't work out. Enrico Scarpelli recently joined us as our bassist afterwards, even though he was originally going to play the keyboard.

When did you guys start gigging?

We started out with the simple school music functions, but we are starting to grow and trying to get as many gigs as we can. We played at Original Fat Cat's for the Next Big Thing Tour on March 5, and the performance on Friday at Radio-Active Records will be our second official show.

What other bands would you say are an influence?

No Age, Titus Andronicus, Vampire Weekend.

Checked out your Kid Cudi cover on your Soundcloud page, nice treatment? Do you do any other covers?
Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi) by Cardiothief

We do plenty of covers, from the Strokes, Vampire Weekend, Weezer, plenty. However, we don't record those covers unless it is a video of us playing it live. We recorded our Kid Cudi cover because it was more unique in the way that we made it more "rock" than "hip-hop," obviously using guitars, a bass, and a drum set.

Whose cardio would you like to steal the most?

Alex says he would steal Victoria Legrand's from Beach House.

Cardiothief. 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Radio-Active Records, 1930B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. No cover. Click here.

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