Miami indie rock band REBEL is coming out of their pseudo hibernation for a series of highly anticipated release shows for their latest effort entitled Locations. The all-black clad trio, known for their high energy anthems and frenetic performances, has been busy polishing their sound at Powerplant Studios and teasing their fans with short Youtube snippets showcasing the new tunes. We can hardly wait to see the band’s fresh sound live and in-person; Luckily, we don’t need to wait very long because Green Room is the first date on their 4-stop release tour that traverses through South Florida and all the way to Tampa. To get a better feel about what to expect on the new release and their show at GR, we asked the guys a handful of questions…..
Describe the sound on Locations. How does it differ from INTRCPTR?
The sound differs in a variety of ways: “INTRCPTR” was driven mostly by guitars and drums, with the bass grounding most of it. The sound on “Locations” is a more mature note and we’d like to think it tells a message and continues the musical arc our band is taking. On “Locations” we have more power coming from the synth end, making the sound a much more majestic influence on the listener… not that it’s an electric EP. “Locations” shows growth, in music writing & composition. It shows broadening of our minds into a much more sober state, with our edge injected in it as well! Theres more thought provoking lyrics, as well & that’s left to interpretation, for the fan to decipher…I think the band has gone through a process of evolutionary growth.
What new dynamic does your new bassist Izzy bring to the table?
Izzy brings the experience and perspective from working on other projects from the Miami local scene. While still keeping true to the Rebel sound, having Izzy with the band has enhanced our creative output and given us a positive push towards new directions we where already looking to explore for quite sometime.
Your live show is always full of energy and wild, extended instrumentals. What kind of stage antics should the Green Room crowd expect for your release party?
We try and give the best performance possible, day in day out. It spawns naturally.. it’s a pretty simple formula: If it seems real and true to us, it isn’t going to be bullshit for you.
We miss drummer AJ’s signature red bandana from back in the day. Any plans on bringing it back?
We seem to get asked that a lot; it was part of the past, and it helped to put us on the map, so to speak, but we seem to be moving on with certain aspects, including wardrobe- no gimmicks just things to stand out enough, to not look cheesy, or tacky, we see that way too much!
REBEL w/ Boxwood, DJ Andie Sweetswirl & friends, The Reckless Dames burlesque troupe, 2-4-1s before midnight, surprise door prizes for the first 40 people, live art, no cover, doors at 10pm