Saturday's "Miami Monstrosity" mini festival at Churchill's features, unsurprisingly, a wildly divergent mix of styles in its all-locals lineup. But among the artists who depart most drastically from the venue's usual sounds is Static Moon
, a.k.a. producer John Paul Sindoni
. A multi-instrumentalist on the South Florida scene for the past decade, in high school he formed a rock band, Deezal, with buddies who included Rachel Goodrich. But what most have likely heard are his lush collaborations with local trance god George Acosta, who Sindoni met when both attended the SAE School of Audio Technology.
His Static Moon project, however, departs drastically from both his old rock dabblings and his big-room anthems. With influences including Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, the songs here are still dancefloor-friendly, but markedly darker than Sindoni's other work. He can flirt with industrial, pushing chanted vocals over repetitive funk; just as easily, he can create downtempo, distorted left-field hiphop. And while his sound is built on precisely honed, robotic beats, a Static Moon live show is exactly that. Rather than taking the easy way out and hitting play on his laptop, Sindoni mans guitars, keyboards, and sings, creating a one-man maelstrom of sound.
Static Moon. At the Miami Monstrosity show. With Dino Felipe, Alukard, Buffalo Brown, and others. 9 p.m. Saturday, January 16. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Doors open at 9 p.m.; ages 18 and up; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com