It's not the last time he'll mention Cobain. Ghost moved to Miami from his native Manhattan in search of his estranged, country-hopping father about 14 years ago — "three days before Cobain died." The rest of his list of idols includes the tragic (INXS's Michael Hutchence) as well as the arrogant and/or flamboyant — Oasis's Liam Gallagher, Prince, The Cure's Robert Smith, and his beloved Brian Molko of Placebo. Plus, interestingly, a local guy — Anthony Fashion, of the now-defunct Fashionista. "He was just really, really arrogant and dressed really cool," Ghost recalls, "and the words he put out there were so nice."

But as Astari Nite continues to penetrate the local scene, the bandmates are already looking beyond it, if in a haphazard way. They've tried to branch out through South Florida, up to Palm Beach County. But also, strangely, they recently played a one-off gig in Tempe, Arizona, where Ghost's best friend lives. "It was a test," Ghost says, "to see what it was like to fly somewhere together to play." Never mind that even superestablished national bands still travel by bus. Astari Nite will fly to New York in January to play a couple of one-offs in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and is working on snagging an unofficial showcase slot at next year's SXSW. Closer to home, they're now beginning production on a video for their song "From Carving Lips" — oh, and they'll, you know, officially record some music, a four- or five-song EP slated for release after the new year.


Static Interference IV, featuring Astari Nite, The Monday Photo, the Microdots, and Airship Rocketship: Saturday, September 20. PS14, 28 NE 14th St., Miami. Doors open at 10 p.m.; tickets cost $10. Ages 18+ with ID. 305-358-3600;

Aiming big doesn't always make sense, it seems, but in rock and roll, making sense is not always the most important thing anyway. Having the right stuff, and knowing you have the right stuff, often are. Astari Nite is on the way to both.

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