Six Questions With the Dyslexic Postcards' Joshua Xmas

The Dyslexic Postcards have been around in one way, shape, or form for a long time now. And their particular breed of rock 'n' roll via the acid wash of alt-psych, punk, blues, and New Wave inflections are the makings of a love-'em-or-hate-'em type of band.

Regardless of which, the love out-crowds the hate. They're still around and they're poised to unleash their first effort, an EP titled Spare the Altar, on the unsuspecting masses of Florida and beyond.

Ringleader and bon vivant Joshua Xmas recently answered some of our queries.

Crossfade: First off, who are you? Where do you come from? And what titty bar best describes South Florida for you and why?

Joshua Xmas: We collectively and conceptually are Dyslexic Postcards. And we come from all over, man. There is no limit to our survival. As far as titties go ... I'm not sure. We usually have 'em come back to the house -- or move in. There is a rich and volatile history with DP and the ladies of the sex industry. Generous as they may be, entertainment is a lifestyle. And when you're around the Postcards, it's always entertaining. I can take great pride in providing that service. I don't feel comfortable describing South Florida. But titties I'm okay with.

You've been around for a long time now. And many players have come and gone, who's in the current lineup and what can we expect from the band after this tour and CD?

The current lineup is singer-songwriter and guitar player Joshua Xmas. Also on guitar is Luciano Guidini. Eddy Gatoe is on Bass guitar. On keyboards, we have Johann Murillo. And on drums, it's Joesmooth. This lineup has been together for a little over two years now, with the exception of Luciano. He joined DP sometime last year. Don't know the exact date ... We don't think he knows either.

These guys have stuck it out now for quite some time and it's great. All of us are seasoned, veteran musicians who have seen the Miami music scene thrive in the early '90s, eventually die out to almost nothing, and then see it again come to life the last few years with more and more kids taking a hands-on approach in putting shows together. Now as far as the Tour is concerned, we've kindly dubbed it the Might As Well Get It On Tour 2011. We're traveling up the East Coast for two and a half weeks. 

We'll hit up North Carolina then New York for three days, Cleveland, Detroit, Kentucky, Nashville, Georgia and finally Tampa: strip club capital of the United States of America. After the tour we are going back to the studio to record a 7". The shit that we're playing live needs to be recorded and exorcised.

The first time I saw you guys play was at Cheers and you had some kind of Mr. Magoo bedsheet thing hanging on the stage that along with the sound made me wish I had imbibed more booze. There's clearly something visual about the band. Could you describe for us how it goes hand-in-hand with the music?

I don't know how clear it comes off. But we're just having fun with it. Anything can happen at a DP show and it usually does. I refuse to apologize for wanting to entertain our audience. This is rock n' roll at its sleaziest. So you might come to a show and see dancing girls, lights, bells, whistles, projections, Joesmooth naked, anything goes.

I used to work with your brother and he was an awesome kid. How has your attitude towards music changed since his passing? What can you tell us about the music he was working on? Will it ever be available?

Wow! Look at you coming up with the hard hitting questions, like Mike Wallace and/or Rachel Ray. OK, well this isn't easy for me, but my brother is dead. He hasn't passed or crossed over to the other side. He's gone and I'm not letting that fucking go. It keeps me sharp and determined. Has it changed my attitude towards music? Not really. I still have a bad attitude. I still think we're the best band, period. I just want him here with us.

Not in the spirit but in the flesh.

On our EP Spare the Altar, he has a song titled "Santa Doesn't Exist." It's really raw. I love it. You feel like you're right in the room with him. He was working with Johann Murillo, our keyboard player and they recorded a few songs together. Eventually we'll release those songs. But for now, we're focusing on this EP and kicking ass!

Other than this CD, are there other DP recordings out there that we could get our hands on?

The short answer is no. But I do have a lot of songs and ideas that I haven't put out there. You can always find some crazy shit we're doing on the internet, just Google, YouTube, or MySpace our asses. The EP is something we've been working on for a while now. That's why we're going on tour. I want to get this act out to the people. And guess what? We can pull it off live too. What a concept!

In closing, I believe this is the first time that you venture out on the road for an extended period of time. What can the unguessing masses expect when DP rolls into town?

Yes, this is the first time we're going out on the road with this line-up. Anyone who knows us fears for us. It's going to be a great time had by all. As long as nobody goes to jail, I think we'll be fine. We just want to thrash about and have a party when we come to your town, like a baby Godzilla. So be ready, all.

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