Indie garage rockers Deaf Poets may have been born in Miami Beach, but the noise this sonic duo creates is anything but tropical.
Featuring bombastic guitar strums and blaring snare-drum smashes, this powerful, bluesy two-piece emits sounds more fitting for a grimy hole in the wall in Memphis.
Lots of White Stripes comparisons come the Deaf Poets' way, but that's a lazy assessment. Composed of lead singer-guitarist Sean Wouters and drummer Nicolas Espinosa, the Deaf Poets deliver a brash hodgepodge of sounds that pays homage to raucous '90s grunge heavyweights with a wallop of minimalist, Sonic Youth-like no-wave.
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Now, after a two-year recording process, the band is finally ready to release its debut full-length, 4150, and subsequently, to peddle the album with a ten-date East Coast swing.
"We are very excited to see how the rest of the country reacts to the album," the Poets' Espinosa says. "This record represents our diversity and range. It's something Sean and I are really proud of."
Deaf Poets' 4150 Spring Tour Dates
Thursday, May 8 Respectable Street, West Palm Beach, FL
Saturday, May 10 Peacock Room, Orlando, FL
Sunday, May 11 Attic Records, St. Petersburg, FL
Tuesday, May 13 Soul Bar, Augusta, GA
Thursday, May 15 Fond Object (In-Store Show), Nashville, TN
Thursday, May 15 Little Bohemia, Nashville, TN
Friday, May 16 Lizards Pub & Eatery, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, May 17 Buzzbin Art & Music Shop, Canton, OH
Friday, May 23 The Garage, Winston-Salem, NC
Recorded mostly in an empty, rundown house on Miami Beach that belongs to Wouters' parents (street number 4150, of course), the album certainly has a DIY flair to it.
Don't get us wrong: The effort is gritty and primitive in all the right places, but overall, the outcome is top-shelf.
One listen to the blazing, punch-in-the-gut distortion on "Can't Breathe," for instance, in which Wouters demonstrates an epic Kurt Cobain-like catharsis, and listeners will get the gist: Deaf Poets mean business.
-- Alex Rendon
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Deaf Poets. With Froth. Thursday, May 8. Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. The show starts at 10 p.m. and admission is free. Call 561-832-9999 or visit respectablestreet.com.