Beyond the Edge

Erstwhile indie rock legend Kreamy 'Lectric Santa rebounds from tragedy and returns to a scene it helped create

In 2003 tragedy struck again, when former bassist Andrew Ross Powell suddenly passed away. Despite the drama, KLS has soldiered on. The group's influence is palatable, and the throngs of bands it inspired range from Pin Kai, Smack, Vidavox, and Pygmy to dozens of musicians who've performed onstage and in home recordings. Since relocating to Berkeley, the group boasts a lineup consisting of South Florida's multiband man Buddha on guitar, Bingo Mut's Ravi DeMayo on bass, and Craig D. on drums. The bandmates recently released a seven-inch five-song retrospective of previously unpublished tracks covering KLS's fifteen-year career, titled Great Plans Laid to Rest.

The Kreamies' old haunt Churchill's has undergone numerous transformations, and many bands they once gigged with have fallen apart and moved away. But one thing is certain: KLS continues to tirelessly push forward on its own terms, with a growing arsenal of recordings ready for release. Though the bandmates claim this will be their last show in Miami, their influence will undoubtedly continue to be felt throughout the scene, and their DIY spirit will reign over South Florida for a long time to come.

The Kreamies departing on yet another noisy road trip
SASHA LERNER
The Kreamies departing on yet another noisy road trip

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