We are less than a week away from the inaugural Crossfade-sponsored The Local at the Stage concert series, and New Times HQ is buzzing with preparation.
To prepare, we figured it would be a good idea to give you, faithful Crossfade readers and The Local attendees, a preview of the evening's entertainment, beginning with a Q&A featuring Miami posthardcore unit Bulletproof Tiger.
Crossfade: Who, what, when, where, why is Bulletproof Tiger?
Crossfade Presents The Local at the StageWith Bulletproof Tiger, Furious Dudes, and Secret Arms. 9 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Admission is free.
Miguel Alicea: It began a little over a year ago. Kris and I started playing together when I joined his band Fooseball Death Squad. From the moment we had our first practice, we knew we were onto something good. We wrote and recorded the Starving Hearts EP and had an amazing East Coast tour. As for the why aspect of the question, we do it for titties.
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Is Bulletproof Tiger a punk band?
Jared Berg: The short answer is no. I feel we all have at least some foundation in punk music or the punk scene, and that will always mean a lot to us as individuals. Musically, however, we listen to many different genres of music (indie, metal, electronic, industrial), and we have no problem welcoming this when it comes to our own songs.
Though the lyrics are often unintelligible, the band places an emphasis on vocals. What are you singing about?
Kris Huseby: I sing about life. It's a cliché answer, but it's true. The EP deals with a lot of what was going on in my life at the time — insurmountable relationship problems, working like an animal at a restaurant, making shit money, the cause and effect of restaurant work, and substance abuse. Lately, death and impermanence have been themes. When friends or people I care about die, it's something that I feel I have to put into words.