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All the members of I Am Stereo have done their time toiling in local bands — but now they are the ones throwing the rock ‘n’ roll parties.
Drummer Steve Copeletti, guitarist/vocalist Adam Rosenberg, guitarist/synth Jon Wilkins and bassist Brian Hill are all South Florida pros. Copeletti and Wilkins are aka DJ Sloan and DJ Grand Theft Auto in their spare time, spinning at indie rock parties like PopScene at Dada. They have all known each other for a while, but just six months ago came together to form I Am Stereo.
Their sound is ’60s psychedelic mixed with today’s indie pop.
“Like Velvet Underground and Syd Barrett meets the New Pornographers,” Copeletti said.
I Am Stereo is focusing on recording right now, with one EP in the works.
“We’re playing mostly at shows that we put on, to keep up our chops. Hopefully we’ll have two EPs out before the end of the year,” Copeletti said.
– Liza Hearon
For Sayonara Tokyo, good things come in fours: four band members, four retro hip blazers and four songs racking up hits on MySpace.
The band is relatively new to the local scene. Self-described as “country punk dancehall rock,” their songs channel the indie rock stylings of the Strokes, with moments of Fugazi-like chaos. Their song Indian Companion brings in the lonely-cowboy “country” aspect of their accurately dubbed genre description.
The well-dressed, Miami-based quartet of vocalist JD (no last name — Madonna style), guitarist Danny Aranow, drummer Nicholas Ellis and bassist Jon Benson has released an EP and is focused on booking shows and getting the good word out.
Grunge is alive and well in South Florida, thanks to newcomers the Deffects.
Vocalist and guitarist Ralph Aboy, guitarist Kevin Gonzolez, bassist Mike CasaÃ±a and drummer Steven Caw have been jamming for four months. The guys manage to practice several times a week, even though they are still in high school.
Influenced by the Meat Puppets, Nirvana and the Test Icicles, the Deffects are reviving grunge and adding their own punk rock twist to it.
Their last show brought in 75 people, through heavy promotion on MySpace, and the band’s “street team.”
“It’s really just one guy named Dan who hands out fliers — Street Team Dan,” Kevin said.
The Deffects are trying to play as many clubs as possible and get their name out.
“We’d like to record a demo if we ever get the money,” Kevin said.
Find them at myspace.com/thedeffects.
– Liza Hearon
Punk rock only takes three chords and a lot of attitude.
However, technical metal requires all of that in-your-face attitude, plus full knowledge of pentatonic and Dorian, major and minor, scales and arpeggios — all played really fast.
The guys of Karmakaze are up to the task, dishing out technical, avant-garde metal that is more than just head banging.
Guitarist Rick Horton, bassist Ryan Melanson and drummer Luis Rodriguez blend fast, high-pitched solos with laid-back, jazzy backgrounds, still retaining their toughness.
The new trio has already won most technical band and most inspirational band awards at Murphy’s Law at Seminole Hard Rock.
Find them at myspace.com/karmakazemusic.
Forget the beat-up van full of beat-up old amps. This summer, Miami natives Baby Calendar will pack up a Honda Element and hit the road, hauling their quirky, jangling indie pop everywhere from Houston to Kalamazoo.
Singer-keyboardist Jackie Biver, singer-guitarist Tom Gorrio and drummer Arik Dayan have only been together for about a year and a half, but already they have two albums out and one more coming out in May.
Your Move is an acoustic EP from Biver and Gorrio, then Dayan joined in on drums on full-length Fifteen Year Old Sneakers.
Gingerbread Dog will be released by Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records. Its 11 tracks are full of clever, catchy indie pop that fits right in with the Athens, Ga.-based label.
Relentless touring and a DIY aesthetic (the band has booked the entire summerlong national tour themselves) have made Baby Calendar local heroes, who are now poised to take on the national scene.