he local fivesome the Mission Veo specializes in a dripping-black variety of dance-rock, shot through with tribal drumbeats, minor-key melodies, and darkwave keyboard stabs. And, sure, plenty of bands these days attempt this kind of dark dancefloor psychedelia, but the Mission Veo's got another serious weapon in its arsenal: frontman Jonny. The spiky-haired scarf-lover truly uses his voice as an instrument, taking it from deep, vibrating Peter Murphy-style incantations to high-end quavers and back. And with a glam, let's-put-on-a-show air, live he truly owns the stage, pacing, jumping, and fixing audience members with a piercing stare.
Yes, it's all a bit dramatic, but that's the point -- and the band has
got the musical chops to back it up. And the momentum is building. The
Mission Veo recently played the Florida Music Festival to great
reception, ensnaring a few A&R types into their web. They'll also
take the stage this summer at the local stop of the Warped Tour,
beating out dozens of other local hopefuls for the slot in a contest
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The Mission Veo, Friday, May 29. The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Doors open at 10 p.m., admission is $5 after midnight. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com