When it comes to music from South Florida, all of the big names are either Gloria Estefan or rappers. Who's got time for rock 'n' roll when you've got a region full of people constantly blasting the trap-rap bangers of Rick Ross, dancing in the street to the Latin-tinged hip-hop of Pitbull or jiggling their mammoth badonks to the booty bass of 2 Live Crew?
The answer to that question is Jacuzzi Boys, Miami's leading garage-pop trio. They've got nothing but time for rockin', rollin' and related activities. The Boys started generating momentum with an early flurry of seven-inch singles. But really, it was No Seasons, their debut full-length on Orlando garage-slash-punk label Florida's Dying, that catapulted them out of the swamp and into broader American consciousness. These days, the Boys have a new label (Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art) and a new LP (Glazin') and something tells us their consciousness expansion program is set to explode.
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But the Jacuzzi Boys won't really "melt your face off" or "blow your mind." Instead, their particular take on the garage template involves slightly surfy riffage, a danceable tempo and a slickly retro (though not gratuitously reverbed) tone.