Punk/Rock show in New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach is an old Florida beach town with a tourist problem, 300 surfable days a year and a surprisingly vibrant local music scene. People move there to get away from the traffic and noise of Orlando. A quiet little surf town full of familiar faces half remembered from blurred memories of half forgotten venues.

Obviously a punk-rock show there is an event not to be missed, so I booked a room, packed a valium and drove the 50 miles to NSB arriving just in time for drinks with friends before the first band set up.

The first band, IVVI Berry was good, groovey Shoe-Gaze. They claim to be Math Rock, but whateves. They put on a good show, however I felt the need to make fun of them for some inexplicable reason. I’m guessing a glance at the comments in their high school yearbooks would explain my gut feeling on the matter. Either way, it was a good set and found a pair of Costa sunglasses and a hash oil vape pen on the ground.

Birds on a Kill started off their set with a lot of energy and since this is Florida not everyone was wearing shoes; dad punk at it’s finest.

Around their third song things became fuzzy and I began experiencing personal earthquakes, possibly brought on by IPAs and whiskey. Nothing too serious though, the quakes being in the area of 5.6-5.8 on the Richter scale. I managed to snap a picture of the moment. Things were getting lively and I needed to seek shelter back at the hotel room, quickly.

“I’ve known Matt a long time, and when he starts repeating himself he is pretty hammered” -Danger Dobbs, member of the search and rescue team.

Because of the adverse conditions I missed Rush More‘s set, but I am sure it was stellar. In fact, my departure was so abrupt that friends mounted an abortive search and rescue effort. Despite numerous strategic and tactical difficulties my withdraw to the hotel room was completed with a minimal of casualties. I happened to be struck by falling debris. Or I fell into debris.

Regardless of the inherent hazards of falling debris and personal earthquakes, the show was a roaring success and I am looking forward to the next one.

Polska Radio One- Волга (2014)

When the Russians aren’t downing those pesky passenger jets they’re making some pretty dope psychedelic/experimental rock. Polska Radio One’s single, Волга, is solid, and the sound doesn’t stick to any one genre, drifting in a dreamy state around fuzz and shoegaze sounds as well. And, they pull it off beautifully. Each time I listen to this pair of songs I hear more and more. 90% and highly recommended.

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Yeti Island- Lifelight

Yeti Island can be described as shoegaze post-rock/ stoner/desert rock, a Norwiegan band that is still pretty unknown dispute having released three demos. Everything comes together well in these demos, fusing different influences into flowing songs that are almost reminiscent of soundscapes. Good music from a solid band, 84%.

Last FM

Free DL (so they claim)

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Yo La Tengo- I’m Not Afraid of You and I’ll Beat Your Ass (2006)

A random tag must have attracted me to this band, because it has sat on the back burner for over a month, this album has two jam-session songs and easiest to describe as shoe-gaze/psychedelic jam-type band.
Listening to this I am amazed that I had never heard of these guys before, and while the influences of The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead are heard, but not dominant. Quite a good album, 88%, recommended.

Wiki article

iTunes (sorry, couldn’t find a free download)

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