Burger Records’ Burger Revolution is back this month for the fourth year since its conception. Every March, the California-based independent record label has dedicated a day to local musicians, encouraging cities all over the world to put on live shows and listening parties.
The series is returning to Miami for the second year in a row under the organization of Cheap Miami’s Patrick Garcia. This year, it's all about the locals with Deaf Poets, Dénudés, Long Shore Drift, and Grey 8s taking the stage on Saturday. We sat down with Garcia to talk about the event, two special tape releases that will be debuted at the show, and what more to expect this year.
New Times: The March series is a very inclusive event, with shows being put on all over the world. It seems to be an overall celebration of live shows and local musicians. How significant do you think this is both in terms of the bigger picture as well as for Miami?
Patrick Garcia: To me, Burger Revolution is a celebration of everyone's local music scene under the flag and support of Burger Records. I feel it’s a good opportunity for all of us in every city to showcase what we've got going on. As far as the bigger picture is concerned, I feel it’s a way of a bigger label to give back to show organizers and smaller labels by allowing us to "borrow" the Burger name and use it to do something special. With Miami, especially at this turning point with so many of our bands getting national recognition, I feel this is a good opportunity to further South Florida's scene to the next level.
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Are you doing anything different this year?
Last year we were lucky enough to have an actual Burger Records band come down and headline the festival. This year, I toned it down a bit and stuck to four strong locals.
Saturday’s show will also act as the official debut of two tape releases for local acts Veiny Hands and Dénudés under Cheap Miami and Melochromania Records, respectively. Tell us a bit about the releases.
This release is something I'm really excited to be a part of. Veiny Hands completely blew me away and Dénudés is honestly some of the best music I've heard come out of Miami — they've grown a lot in the small amount of time they've been together. For this release, Cheap Miami and Melochromania teamed with HVY BLK (a boutique clothing line) to do the album artwork.
Anything else you want to say about this event?
Just happy to be throwing this event for everyone in Miami. I wanna thank Gramps, Radio-Active, Melochromania, and everyone that supports Cheap Miami and our music scene.
Cheap Miami Records, Gramps and Radio-Active Records present Burger Revolution 4 with Deaf Poets, Dénudés, Long Shore Drift, and Grey 8s. 9p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is $5. Ages 21 and up.