There's been a lot of excitement around New Times HQ in the lead up to the first edition of Crossfade presents The Local at The Stage scheduled for this Thursday, June 30 at 9 p.m..
We've spent countless hours picking the perfect party dress. We've blown our rent on "party favors." We've been practicing dance moves -- like the Forbidden Dingleberry -- and filling cue cards with party talk. And when the night comes, we'll be leaning over the bar, falling onto the stage, and passing out face down in the street. Just don't forget to BYOL -- the "L" stands for lamp shade.
Crossfade: Who, what, when, where, why is Furious Dudes?
Tom Dice: The Furious Dudes are John Vale (vocals), Matt Scally (guitarist), Ivan Medrano (bass), Tom Dice (guitar), and Mike Battle (drums). We are five dudes from Miami who like to party, get rowdy, and play rock 'n' roll music. For a more abrasive answer, we like to get fucked up and jam for anyone who asks us to play.
John Vale: Furious dude doesn't give a shit about any of that. We are the ultimate party band. We bring the party. So, we hope you're ready to...
Why does Florida suck? [In 2010, Livid Records released a Furious Dudes EP entitled, Florida Sucks].
Tom: Florida sucks in a sense, because we are so far south it takes hours and hours just to get anywhere else to play a show. Where, in the Northeast for example, four hours in any direction puts you in a major city in a different state. So that's a lot of major markets you could hit in any given weekend tour.
Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
Your Facebook profile describes you as "death-punk." Would you elaborate?
Tom: Well, honestly, we are just a rock band that's not limited to one type of style of music. If we wanna fuse death metal with punk rock, that's what we are going to do if that is what the song calls for. We write music that's stokes us out, not because we are trying to fit with a certain genre. So If people get "death punk" from listening to Furious Dudes, that's awesome and we take that as a compliment.
John: We picked death punk because awesome party band wasn't a category.
What's been the best show you've played thus far in 2011? And why?
Tom: Honestly, every show we play is our "best show." It's flattering enough to be asked to play in the first place, so if only one person shows up and is into it, we consider that a successful show.
John: Every Furious Dudes show is the best show ever.
Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
What's the worst show you've ever played? And why?
Tom: Other than technical difficulties, being too wasted to play our instruments, one of our guitar players accidentally breaking our drummer's ribs during the set, driving four hours to literally play just for the other band at the club ... We've never had a worst show.
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John: Every show is Furious Dudes' worst show.
Crossfade presents The Local at the Stage with Bulletproof Tiger, Furious Dudes, and Secret Arms. Thursday, June 30. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is free. Go RSVP for the Crossfade Music Series via Facebook and invite all your fucking friends, enemies, and ex-lovers. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.