Next time your landlord gives you shit about few nails in the wall or a chip in the paint, you should take them over to Bruiser's pad. The local experimental trio turned their house in Miami's historic Buena Vista neighborhood into, essentially, a very hardcore Airbnb. “The landlord didn't like the footprints on the ceiling,” guitarist Malcolm Lauredo says. “He was like, 'How did these get here?'"
“Two-and-a-half years ago, we all moved into this house,” drummer Anthony Alvarez recalls as he sits on the upstairs balcony of the band's digs. “We all lived downstairs, so we got acquainted quickly, and in our free time we started jamming.” Colloquially known as Grown-Up House, the tenants have hosted many shows and offered a couch to crash for countless touring bands through the years. However, their era of raucous parties is, sadly, coming to an end. “We're still going to have shows, but it has to be much more chill,”
But fear not, this isn't the end of the band altogether. Comprised of guitarist Malcolm
The earliest incarnation of Bruiser didn't look much like it does today.
"I got Anthony and Bogdan, and our band was called Catholic High School,"
"'The most aggressive chill band,'" Alvarez chimes in, igniting laughter among the band. “But Bogdan is a unique part of the scene,"
Catholic High School didn't last, but the band's relationships endured. Soon, Di Lorenzo, a resident of Grown-Up House, joined the group simply out of convenience. “I don't think we would ever schedule practice if we didn't live together,” he says. He describes Bruiser's writing style as sporadic and fragmented. The band usually starts writing music individually or in pairs, but they all unite once the noise travels throughout the house like the smell of pizza baking in an oven. “The writing process is split evenly because we're all very stubborn,” Di Lorenzo admits. “The trio dynamic is good, because if two people disagree we have a third opinion that overrides it,”
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After playing local gigs about six times a month for the last year, Bruiser is taking a small breather at the moment, enjoying a rare few weeks of silence. The band's next scheduled show is in Tallahassee on September 4, and Bruiser will be back at Churchill's with Brazilian group O Inimigo on October 16.
The next Bruiser release, a split tape with local surf-tinged act Booty and the Browns, is shaping up quite differently from the band's early recordings. “We've been embracing experimentation in the studio a lot,” says
The trio never wants to stop trying new things, and lately has been trying to improvise more when playing live. Asked whether they prefer the comfort of pre-written material or the thrill of not knowing what will happen next, Di Lorenzo says: “I like both, but the experimentation can sometimes go awry. It can be exciting,
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