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No one gets a record deal slugging Tecates in a beach chair, although the Jacuzzi Boys might have you believe differently.
On "Vizcaya," a track from the Boys' new candy-coated LP, Glazin', singer-guitarist Gabriel Alcala proclaims: "There's no place in the world that I'd rather be than right here with my friends hanging here in the heat." And for the past four years, the scrappy Miami garage-punk trio has undoubtedly preached the virtues of sand, sun, and "raspberry feelings" for the opposite sex. But the band members' rigorous touring schedule proves they're working hard, not just lazing around South Florida.
Alcala, bassist Danny Gonzalez, drummer Diego Monasterios, and their manager, Rydel Baluja, wrap a 35-date North American tour when the Boys hit Respectable Street in West Palm Beach this Friday. The sweaty trek included the three bandmates' first appearance at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, which had a bit to do with their signing to Sub Pop subsidiary label Hardly Art earlier this year.
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That partnership got the wheels spinning on Glazin', which was recorded at Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in the dead of winter. "It was superfreezing. It wasn't snowing, but there was snow on the ground," Alcala recalls. "We wrote the songs in Miami. I think we felt comfortable, and the spirit of Miami came through in writing the songs."
On several of the tracks, Alcala's vocals have been tripled, which makes them glimmer so bright you'd think he swallowed a Miami Subs sign. With the surf rock of "Cool Vapors" and a stripped-down White Stripes vibe on "Zeppelin," the Boys show off a newfound heaviness. And beyond lyrics referencing "melons on my mind," it's an instrumentally sexy record too.
Recent plaudits for Glazin' from Spin and other national publications have been nice. But aside from scoring an appearance on MTV Canada, Gabriel, Danny, and Diego haven't let success go to their heads. Asked if they're planning a relocation for the sake of their burgeoning rock 'n' roll careers, the Boys just laugh.
"We love Miami; we hate Miami," Alcala says. "We don't want to leave at all. That's our home."