Cop City, This Heart Electric, Luma Junger, and the New Wave of South Florida Rock

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This dude has seen it all.
For 31 years, the numerous, ever-increasing stages at gritty, surreal, and spectacular Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti has been where Miami rock music goes to define itself.

A quick scan of the assorted press and awards (including endless clippings for Miami New Times Best Rock Club nods) reveal only a fraction of the names -- big and small, spanning genres, scenes and the most disparate social circles -- that have considered the bar their music's home base.

Churchill's has served as ground zero for many of South Florida's best and/or biggest musical exports. And in the wake of the still-blooming Jacuzzi Boys, the club has a new wave of rock music on its hands.

Last Friday, the bar hosted a local showcase that provided attendees a crash course in what South Florida rock has in store for 2012.



The evolution of This Heart Electric, the longtime solo outlet for Death To The Sun curator Ricardo Guerrero, has perfectly paralleled Miami's emerging crop of guitar-based racket. From gloomy but danceable post-punk synth-pop, Guerrero has refocused the project as a breezy acoustic rock -- lo-fi and garage with distant Americana twang and a fresh tone courtesy of unplugging -- that Rat Bastard compared (via heckle) to The Mekons. Last Friday's particular incarnation of the band featured members from a ridiculously overlapping mess of bands including 90s Teen, hahahelp!, Animals of he Arctic, Dino Felipe, and MEAT.



Meanwhile, Luma Junger are a new-ish synth-rock trio featuring members past and present of Biscayne Corridor scene standards like Snakehole, Dracula, and Psychic Mirrors. Synth rock is as close to an easy description one is going to get with this group as it employs a synthesizer and also rock. But from song to song, the genre variances are so great -- icy post-punk, Talking Heads-style New Wave, burly psychedelic rock -- that it takes seeing the group live to really understand what's going on.



In 2010, Lake Worth's Cop City/Chill Pillars began to infect the tri-county area with its classically informed yet wildly innovative take on noise, groove, and humor. After proving its merit as a live act, 2011 was all about the band's first definitive recorded statement, Held Hostage on Planet Chill, which was lauded by everyone from Still Single to Vice. If the above video is any indicator, The Pillars' agenda for 2012 will likely include more of the same and then some.

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14 comments
Lovingfiction
Lovingfiction

maybe some of you should try sucking a dick or 2 ...or 3...or 4... or 5...or 6...:)

Boogydanoogy
Boogydanoogy

Maaaan luma junger. Hate em or love em, either way you're feelin somethin. So glad these girls started a band. Hot as fuck.

Orly
Orly

If this is the future of South Florida Rock, we are properly fucked. Also, the only this proves is that is if you sleep with the right people, you'll definitely get exposure for your boringly shitty "synth rock" band.

D. Wade
D. Wade

Since when is Snakehole a standard of Miami of Miami/ Biscayne music? You cannot be serious. It is true that bands like Dracula and Psychic Mirrors are setting a new, higher standard of art in South Florida, whom btw are actual musicians with artistic vision and integrity (hundreds of people actually flock with enthusiasm and excitement to shows too! Can you believe it miami?). Thats not to say that Luma Junger doesnt have talent within its members, but from what I've heard from them its NOTHING like what youve described, accept that they play rock with synths. Stop sucking off every bum that walks into churchills with a guitar and a fuzz pedal and date someone else!!!!!

boeuf
boeuf

The only comments on this article have re-sparked a faint glimmer of faith in any collective intelligence and/or good taste in South Florida.

Morrissey
Morrissey

the guy that wrote this article is dating someone in luma junger. conflict of interest?

beef
beef

looks like 2012 is going to be a bad year for music in south florida then.....

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Nobody here knows how to play their instruments.

boomchacalaca
boomchacalaca

that wasn't snakehole's old drummer, different girl.

Rdgneed2chill
Rdgneed2chill

Same girl was in psychic mirrors wasn't she? Did He write about psychic mirrors when she was in it? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I don't think luma jungars synth rock either. Maybe post punk with electronic components. Either way, they seem like they're having fun

thomas
thomas

watching luma junger and most of that crowd of bands that play "noise" shows are just straight up boring. the music is ok enough. i mean theyre local bands, if they were gonna get bigger than miami they would have already. worth supporting but lets not prop them up for more than they are. this electric heart and cop city are pretty cool though. 

Mhmm
Mhmm

Suck the right dick and anything is possible.

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