EVENT REVIEW: Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa Jumps the Shark?
I felt like an asshole last Saturday when I realized that I had missed the Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa/Cavity show in Miami the night before. Luckily for me KLS was playing two shows in South Florida: one at Churchill’s Pub on Friday in Miami and the second at Jump the Shark on Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale. I intended to go to the Miami show because the lineup was bitchin’ – Snakehole, Rat Bastard, Shark Valley Sisters and the reunion of a lifetime – Cavity. But no, I fucked up the days and had to go to the gig on Saturday at Jump the Shark. I had last seen KLS in 2001 before moving to Sarasota, Fl and it felt like a proper send-off at the time – KLS was moving to California and I was moving in with my then girlfriend to Sarasota; it was an epic night. Fast forward 14 years and I’m going to see a band whose last LP, Operation Spacetime Cynderblock- 4 Riddles Of The Spheres, was my pick for album of year in 2009.
I was accompanied by my good friend Los Skull (of Cutler Ridge’s infamous punk band Knumbskulls and a huge KLS fan) as we walked into Jump the Shark, Party Flag had three songs left and were ending their set. As far as new bands go, Party Flag are not to be missed. I also learned that I had missed Steven Toth’s group Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers. Goddamnit how could I fuck this night up any more?!? Mr. E is one of those bands that I always seem to miss live. I highly recommend their latest outing Socialismo Americano.
My night did manage to get worse however as Dooms de Pop picked up their instruments. They were mildly put, atrocious. I gave them the two song challenge, that’s something I do when I’m not quite sure if I like a live band and give them the benefit of the doubt by watching them perform two songs. Needless to say they failed the ol’ true and tried test and I had to go get a drink. As the sounds of seals dying waned on and on one drink turned to five and Dooms de Pop wouldn’t stop playing. Then it hit me – they reminded me of a really, really bad version of Polaris. For those uninitiated in ’90s pop culture Polaris were the band that did the theme song Hey Sandy for the Nickelodeon’s cult classic television hit Pete & Pete. Dooms de Pop are like Polaris if Polaris had no arms and banged their instruments with their foreheads at 20 beats per minute.
Finally Robert Price, Priya Ray and company took the stage (or floor as is the case at Jump the Shark.) KLS is undeniably one of the most seminal musical acts to have come out of South Florida. Their sheer live shows are things of legend. To see this band play to 15 people including a drunken old LSD tripping asshole ruining the show for everyone was demeaning not only to the band but the handful of fans. I’m not sure where the finger should be pointed, the venue? The lack of a relatively decent sound system? The drunk asshole prancing around? I don’t know. But a band of KLS’s statue, one who holds people like Thurston Moore as fans deserve better than what Jump the Shark was providing. As far as KLS’s set went the band managed to play an above average show with what they had. It was obvious that they took the lackluster opportunity to perform a lot of new material which gave great promise for what’s to come from the band. KLS was in full form with a tighter rhythm section than I last remember all those years ago. But I’m kicking myself for missing the real show, the one in Miami. The one where where none of this B.S. would be considered acceptable. Jump the Shark you can do better than this.
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