The Black Lips' Jared Swilley: Bruise Cruise Is "Gonna Be a Ripper"

Before the infamous Bruise Cruise Festival launches from South Florida's shores on Friday, there's going to be a killer kickoff party at Miami's Grand Central on Thursday evening. Limited tickets are still available here. Garage rockers and notorious meat-beating partiers the Black Lips should stoke the mood plenty with a taste of the new material created with British producer Mark Ronson.

"I would put it somewhere between a Busta Rhymes and a Lily Allen," Ronson says of the band's sixth album, due in April.

Our inquiries stayed on the topic of this weekend's cruise featuring the Lips, Turbo Fruits, Surfer Blood, Jacuzzi Boys, Ty Segall, Vivian Girls (whom we spoke to last year), Thee Oh Sees, the Strange Boys, and Quintron and Miss Pussycat, which will be lovingly covered by yours truly. Unsurprisingly, bassist/singer Jared Swilley took the conversation to bird flu talk.

New Times: Have you ever been on a cruise before? If so, what was it like?

Jared Swilley: I went on a cruise that went to Cozumel with my parents when I was about

16. I really hated it and didn't really understand the point of going

on a cruise. You're basically just stuck in a giant floating hotel, and

you have people holding your hand telling you how to have fun and

unwind. It's like vacation for babies or people who are too retarded to

entertain themselves. But I was with my parents, so that's probably why

it wasn't exactly the trip of a lifetime. All I did was eat soft-serve

ice cream and read books about the Spanish Civil War.

This one is gonna be a ripper, though. It'll actually be fun to be stuck

with all these people on the boat.

This is actually our second cruise. Last summer, we did one from

Stockholm, Sweden, to Turku, Finland. That was cool, but it was cold, and

there were no pools. It was really fun. It was us and the Misfits and

some other Scandinavian bands, and everyone had a blast. I think this one

will be the one to do, though, and hopefully it can become an annual


What do you have planned for the Bruise Cruise?

I'm going to try and contract some communicable disease, i.e. swine or

bird flu, and try and infect the whole boat. We can then all lay in bed

and watch movies all day and not go to work.

How do you feel about interacting with fans and other bands during

the cruise?

Excited. We're pretty good friends with all the bands playing, so that'll

be a good time, and I'm sure the people coming along will be fun as

well. I never graduated high school, but I remember that the seniors got

to take a cruise, and it sounded fun. This can be like the senior trip I

never got to take. But way better and minus the chaperones.

Bruise Cruise Kickoff Party. With the Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Surfer Blood, Strange Boys, Thee Oh

Sees, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Ty Segall, Turbo Fruits, and Jacuzzi

Boys. 6 p.m. Thursday, February 24, at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave.,

Miami. Tickets cost $20 via wantickets.com. The event is free for all cruise passengers. Visit bruisecruisefestival.com. Ages 18 and up.

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