Sweatstock 2014 and Record Store Day in Miami
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Sweat Records and Churchill's Pub, Miami
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Once again, Sweatstock showed Miami how to truly celebrate Record Store Day -- with free ice cream, good people, and great bands. Oh yeah, and tons of records.
For its fifth annual anniversary party and RSD blowout, Sweat Records was filled to the brim with vinyl enthusiasts while live-music fanatics clustered around the outdoor and indoor stages that'd be showcasing local and out-of-town talent, all day and all night.
Everyone's ears are still ringing. And their heads are still spinning too.
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Photo by Monica McGivern The inimitable Rat Bastard browsing Sweat Records' RSD stacks.
The party really kicked off in the late afternoon, though record buyers had already been hanging 'round for hours.
At the Audio Junkie stage in Churchill's Pub, Pariah and frontman Chris Dougnac (originally from Miami, now a Boston resident) were the first to get weird. They really brushed our teeth. (And that's not a metaphor ... Just you wait.) They played a noisy, off-kilter set that somehow remained danceable -- and all while dressed up as the ice cream man, a police officer, etc.
Photo by Monica McGivern Pariah's Chris Dougnac, dancing for RSD.
At one point in the set, Dougnac commanded the police officer to "go get someone," resulting in the handcuffing of a confused stoner to their keyboard stand.
Later, he preached the importance of brushing your teeth while ripping open brand-new toothbrushes and scrubbing his pearly whites with shampoo. The ice cream man stepped down and pushed toothbrushes in our mouths.
Hey, who doesn't love some good old-fashioned audience participation, huh?
Photo by Monica McGivern Bearings.
Later, the baby-faced Bearings took to the floor of Churchill's and garnered one of the first real crowds, drunk dancers and all.
The Miami four-piece outfit's sweet garage sounds filled the room. Audience members sang along to an Interpol cover. And the Bearings boys were even begged for an encore!
Officially, as bodies slammed together and amp volumes got higher, a night of reckless abandon had begun.
Photo by Monica McGivern Eagle Chief.
Outside, locals Eagle Chief held it down at the Awesome Foundation Street Stage with some sunny rock as listeners chomped on empanadas and grilled cheeses.
The two stages were truly of different worlds. And back inside, Dividends, a two-piece, math rock-y band chilled out with some sway-inducing guitar loops and "dope beats." All of a sudden, we felt transported to the beach. It was a perfectly cool refresher from an evening of noise.