After years of playing in Southern California punk bands,
It's something Winfrey says he failed to do with his old bands. Adult Books' first full-length album, Running From the Blows, is due out March 4, and Winfrey can rest easy knowing he did something right with this one. It's a laid-back, catchy affair, even if Winfrey says it was inspired by somber moods. "The music comes from a dark place. I'm not inspired when I'm happy. Some of the songs were written three years ago; others were written while we were recording. Most of it
But even though the songs drew upon dark inspiration, Winfrey sticks humor within the album's 11 tracks. "Silver Lake Goths" is about hanging out with fake goths in an L.A. hipster neighborhood. Humor was a tool he liked to use on the album to soften the darker tones.
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Though one of Adult Books' previous EPs had the same cover as Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Winfrey — an avid reader who counts J.D. Salinger, Virginia Woolf, W.H. Auden, and Kerouac as his favorite authors — says if there's any theme to their cover art, it's one of male bonding. "One had Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady; our other EP had guys mountain-climbing. This one has two '80s skinheads showing each other matching tattoos, sharing a bygone era of punk."
Adult Books' Tuesday appearance at Kill Your Idol will be the band's first South Florida show. "I went to Miami once for a cousin's wedding, but I don't know anything about the city's music scene," Winfrey says. "We'll try to bring lots of songs, lots of fun, and lots of energy."
Adult Books with The Gun Hoes, Dénudés, Johnny Mile & the Kilometers, and Period Bomb. 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-672-1852; sub-culture.org/kill-your-idol. Admission is free. Ages 21 and up.