Krisp at Vagabond October 21
Wynwood-based synthpop quartet Krisp has emerged from the Miami music-and-arts ether to gig around town like an old-school classic-rock workhorse.
Of course, the band has done its requisite time at Little Haiti's portal to seedy England and Miami's widest open door for booking, Churchill's Pub. It's braved Beach clubs, including Kill Your Idol and Jazid. And it's also made a splash on the downtown, midtown, and Design District scenes, performing featured sets at just about every mainland nightlife staple: the Stage, Electric Pickle, Grand Central, Bardot, and the list goes on. This Friday, however, will be Krisp's first time taking the stage at the Vagabond. And as synth player Alex Lopez says, the experience will be nothing short of an aural orgasm.
Krisp's mission statement is to rev spectators up enough to "keep them dancing the night away" long after the band has finished. This crew sandwiches together time-tested indie genres to inspire maximum movement among listeners. High-energy postpunk clangers such as "When You Coming Home" recall the club-friendly, Gang of Four-inspired ensembles of the early '00s with a little less gloom, while "Jump Off" lands listeners smack-dab in the middle of 2011's much-blogged laptops-at-the-beach music, chillwave.
As part of Fridays at the Vagabond. 10 p.m. Friday, October 21, at the Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com. Admission is free until 11 p.m.
Whatever the character of its momentary assault, though, Krisp is always striving to make people feel good enough to dance.