Tonight! Viva le Vox Celebrates New CD at Respectable Street

Freaks and fans alike can brace themselves for Lake Worth

act Viva le Vox's upcoming CD-release party, a spectacle some might

refer to as a "hillbilly zombie circus." Freaks aside, the band is a

local work of art worth checking out if you want to feel scared and

uncomfortable yet longing for more once the show ends.

Viva le Vox puts on a Vaudeville-esque horror show, producing a sound

similar to gravelly swamp rock mixed with a stage presence that'll

leave you asking, "Did he really just spit in his bandmate's eye?" At

first glance, the quartet resembles a traveling carnival troupe of

zombies ungracefully strumming spoons down a washboard or dry-humping an

upright bass. Beyond the ghoulish appearance and outward acts of

self-aggression is a band with soul, passion, and the amazing ability to

connect with a crowd -- even if that crowd is stunned. Lead singer Tony


belting out ghastly, energetic songs like "Better Off Dead" and "Down

at the Laundromat" is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

The new CD, Wayward Ones, compiles several songs that did not make the group's Desperation Alley release, as well as a few live tracks from a show played in Erie, Pennsylvania. As an added bonus, the ticket price includes a copy of the CD, and they're giving away free cupcakes. Recommendation: Eat the cupcakes before the band performs.

-- Ashley Pearson

Viva le Vox, with the Royal Tinfoil and Everymen. 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $10. Call 561-832-9999, or click here.

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