Give or take a handful of recycled Bruno Mars tracks, Top 40 Radio would lead you to believe that there are only two songs this summer: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
Sure, those pop ditties are as infectious as a $40 prostitute's condom-less blowjob. But you won't catch anything nasty in Gringo Star's 15-passenger van, because those songs are never played. In fact, the Atlanta garage rock quartet's CD player has been shot for a year, and rather than listening to Robin Thicke on repeat, the guys score their own road trip.
"Usually we just bring guitars, play around the van and shoot the shit," says Gringo Star axe man Nicholas Furgiuele.
The guitarist is en route to Miami, where the band will slap Bardot's Friday-night crowd across the face with overdriven guitar licks, tambourines, and timeless rock harmonies on July 19.
"We've played Bardot a few times," Furgiuele says. "It's an interesting place. We've had some pretty cool shows there. It's this kinda weird, swanky bar that seems to be an under-the-table kind of place."
In fact, Gringo Star's had a lot of cool shows in South Florida. And Furgiuele remembers a gig during Art Basel 2011 being particularly fun.
While it seems that some crowds simply want to talk over the music, he jokes, the band still manages to have a good time.
"I like playing the swanky bars like Bardot, where there's no stage and you're playing on the floor. We have a pretty good time no matter what."
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Gringo Star. With Nick Daniels and Artime. Friday, July 19. Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. Call 305-576-7750 or visit bardotmiami.com.