The Jameses

The Jameses played a set at Miami's Endless Summer at Churchill's in June. True to form, Churchill's was behind schedule, and the younger kids had already filtered out. That's when the Jameses proceeded to unfairly upstage every preceding set and could have done so with their raw energy alone. This Friday, they promise to do it again, this time at the Vagabond.

The trio is a tight one: perfect distortion, undulating guitars, vocals that defy the aforementioned distortion to become loud and anthemic, and heavily interwoven synth. Then there's what New York-based magazine Impose refers to as "breezy garage pop," along with gravelly, punk-inspired wizardry.

The Lake Worth band is so good that, as local lore has it, upon realizing how amazing an act his friends were becoming, guitarist Jesse Bryan returned to Florida from NYC to round them out. The band just released its first seven-inch, "The Haunted Rider"/"Rat People," and they might be poised to become the next South Florida success story.

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