Let’s face it. Local bands that dare to do original music have a tough go of it in South Florida. If you don’t have at least a couple of Billy Joel songs in your repertoire and a willingness to do your own take on “Play That Funky Music White Boy” at every possible opportunity, you’re hindered from the start. So when a group like The
The band has released two recordings to date — an untitled EP and a self-titled full-length album, each an inspired mesh of the members’ individual influences and preference for styles ranging from jazz and blues to classic rock, funk, and punk in equal proportion.
“We are sort of a jambalaya when it comes to our influences, and for that reason our sound is unlike any other band on the local scene,”
Still, despite any suggestion that all is simply serendipity,
“The support in South Florida waxes and wanes, and it has since our inception,”
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Friday night at Fort Lauderdale's Dive Bar, the band releases Inter-Galactic Transmission, its first new album in three years. Recorded with the assistance of Jeff Martin, chief engineer at Simple Kill Studios in Fort Lauderdale, the new album again reflects the Int’l Language’s broad musical palette and its stylistic savvy. Despite its relative brevity — the album boasts only eight songs — it’s both assured and accessible, a sturdy mix of pop, jazz, and old-school R&B.
As confident as the band is and as passionate as its members are about its songs, its ambitions are modest at best.
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“First and foremost, we want to enjoy ourselves and continue to write music we find enjoyable,"
The Int’l Language host a CD-release party at 9:30 p.m. Friday, August 28, at the Dive Bar, 3233 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-9264.