Eyehategod: With Heroindod, Shitstorm, and Orbweaver. 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Tickets cost $20 at the door. Ages 21 and up.
Over the course of two decades, though, the Eyehategod guys have dominated way more territory than just the southeastern United States. They've played every backwater punk dive from Cleveland to Finland. And along the way, they've been beaten up and locked down. But they've always triumphed and risen above, maintaining a positive mental attitude. But most important of all, they've never given up playing. "We do get recognized as a kind of cult influence. And that's fine with me," he says. "Now somebody pay me for somethin'."
But Mike's band wouldn't exist if it was really all about the money. Eyehategod is a tribute to finding your own sound, rocking mercilessly, and sharing that riffage with all the world's headbangers regardless of whether they like it or not. And Miami will love that about them.