Miami's Ten Best Uncategorizable Bands of All Time

Rat Bastard: Totally uncategorizable.
Rat Bastard: Totally uncategorizable.
Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

South Florida has long been a creative refuge for varied musical genres that have grown with little outside influence and a decidedly Floridian twist. This can be seen in our punk rock, metal, rap, and jazz.

Another of the better aspects of Miami's music scene has always been the relative freedom with which musicians of different genres will share a bill. Anyone remember that time the Crumbs split a night with drum 'n' bass artist Egg Foo Young?

If this town had the nation's ear like New York City or Los Angeles, these ten best uncategorizable bands would've been household names by now.

See also: Miami's Five Best Punk Record Labels of All Time

10. Recluse DNA

At the height of the power violence/sludge/hardcore punk days of the mid to late '90s, Recluse DNA was a band comprised of a revolving door of musicians like Henry Rajan, Paul Lewin, Dan Norris and Jorge Alvarez among others. These guys should've been bigger because their mesmerizing, articulate and cosmically symbolic numbers managed to grab the attention of punks and jazz lovers alike. Wouldn't you just love to have this party raging in your hi-fi at home? Did we mention that they were the first and quite possibly only band ever to use a didgeridoo onstage at Churchill's?

9. Scraping Teeth

Call it confrontational all you want but when you set out to recreate the painful misery of a full-throttle experience on your dentist's SY3086 and Spin Magazine votes you the "Worst Band in America," the time for jokes is clearly over. Aside from giving Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra a platform to annihilate common decency with, they also inspired the following gems of poesy from this publication's music editor Sean Pajot back in 2012: "Some sucked. Others really sucked. But only Scraping Teeth sucked so bad that it was like giving head to a dude who's stuck on the shitter with diarrhea." Rat Bastard for ever.

See also: Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time



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