VOYAGES OF RC! An Evening at Churchill’s Pub w/ Crocodiles, Jaill, The Jellyfish Brothers and Plastic Pinks (8/23/14)
On the evening of Saturday, August 23rd, Churchill’s Pub, a veritable bastion for raw music in South Florida and a place I like to refer to as home, hosted a splendid evening. Our friends at Strutter USA Productions put together a fabulous lineup that included local and not-so-local talent. The evening would kick off with some of Miami’s finest, Plastic Pinks and The Jellyfish Brothers, followed by Milwaukee’s Jaill and San Diego’s Crocodiles. We arrived just as Plastic Pinks were wrapping up their set. As would be expected, the crowd was a bit mellow, but the evening was just getting started.
Plastic Pinks include June Summer (lead vocals), Augie Pink (rhythm guitar), Luigi Toni La Rocca (lead guitar), Charlie De Jesus (bass) and Nicholas Ochoa (drums). What we did hear was some rather raw, yet ear-splitting garage rock. As they finished up with a request from the crowd of ‘Aaa-Oh-Aah,’ our only regret was that we hadn’t arrived sooner.
Next to arrive on the scene, The Jellyfish Brothers with brothers Alvarez – Gregorio (vocals/synth) and Eduardo (drums), as well as Kc Toimil (bass). Toimil arrived just in time for their set, after performing at Gramps w/ her other band, Snakehole. The set was short, but sweet, as Churchill’s continued filling up with a crowd eager for more. Gregorio took the bold move of replacing the guitar with his synthesizer, giving their set something more akin to Ultra than Churchills.
Third band in the lineup, Milwaukee natives, Jaill, were next up. Made up of Vincent Kircher (lead vocals/guitar), Johnathon Mayer (guitar), Michael Skorcz (synthesizer) and Josh Evert (drums), Jaill kicked some serious ass. With the exception of three tracks, ‘Waste a Lot of Things,’ ‘ Everyone’s Hip,’ and ‘The Stroller,’ the majority of their set included tracks from their most recently released album, spinning regularly in our spaces. We anticipated seeing them perform live and they were certainly a treat. Speaking of treats, a group of people closest to the bassist continue to offer him (and later, the guitarist from Crocodiles) a variety of things. The bassist politely declined most offers, but eventually gave in to accepting some clear liquids in an unmarked glass bottle. Everyone was so eager to hear more after allegedly completing their set, that they indulged the crowd and continued performing a few more songs.
Well after midnight and into the darkness, Crocodiles ascends upon the stage. Before starting the set, guitarist Charles Rowell takes his guitar, plucks a few strings and sets it in front of the amp to create a beautiful mélange of reverb. This tasty-taste of what’s to come intrigues me and, as a fan of theirs long before they arrived in Miami, I am looking forward to what else Rowell’s got up his proverbial sleeve. Crocodiles, comprised of founding members, Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell, return to officially begin their set and the mosh pit begins. Halfway through the set, Welchez and Rowell lock lips and fortunately for us, we have that image digitally preserved forever (see above). The set begins with their 2010 album release, Sleep Forever, they play ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Stoned to Death.’ Rowell accepts a beverage and creates a “beer bottle slide,” eventually chugging it and throwin’ it down. For sure, this was the prescription for all the week’s ills. We are eternally grateful to Strutter USA Productions, the bands and Rat Bastard for providing South Florida with evening filled with random dancing, good friends and great guitars.
Highlights: experiencing the beer bottle slide thrown atop my head and bearing witness to Rowell’s super-star guitar skills.
Tell Me Now
Livin’ On the Coast
The Jellyfish Brothers
Take Me On
I’m So Sad
I’m a Shadow
Pickin My Bones
Just a Lovely Day
Waste a lot of Things
Got an F
Chocolate Poison Time
Stoned to Death
Jet Boy Jet Girl (Elton Motello Cover)
Me and My Machine Gun
Gimme Some Annihilation
Marquise De Sade
I Wanna Kill