Devalued is one of the newer, younger, and hardest-playing musical acts performing in South Florida. You probably saw Nico Suave singing and playing guitar, Matt Stoyka beating the shit out of the drums, and Conor Barbato breaking his bass at the County Grind showcase at Green Room
Fun to watch, these 20-year-olds are all based out of Pembroke Pines and Davie. The three left behind their sludge beginnings to regularly blast out more than one intense d-beat show a night. As drummer Matt puts it, "It all went downhill from there, and we got really crappy and ignorant." They may be young, but their self-deprecating humor, honesty about being fans of Jamiroquai, and generally fantastic stage presence make them a group worth following.
Their cassette-release party takes place next week at Fox's Sherron Inn in South Miami. We spoke to the Broward boys outside Churchill's Pub, and over the intense noise blaring from inside, we chatted about earplugs, Mariah Carey, and crying during sex.
New Times: [To Matt, drummer] You should wear earplugs.
Conor: I carry around a pill case on my key chain to keep earplugs in, and I constantly get stopped by police officers thinking it's drugs. I have to open it up, like, Dude, it's earplugs.
Matt: It's funny because me and Conor are straight-edge and Nico is impure.
It's good to be straight-edge when you're young, because you can always get fucked up for the rest of your old, sad adult life. You're all wearing band T-shirts. What are the bands and why are you wearing them?
Conor: I'm wearing a Buzzcocks shirt. I love this. It's actually falling apart and I refuse to get rid of it. It's a band I really like. We're all into really different music for the most part. They're just a classic punk band.
What kind of music are you into?
Conor: I'm really into techno rock.
Conor: No. I've seen Korn. Like, Does It Offend You, Yeah?; and Crystal Castles, Outkast, and the Gorillas. Stuff like I listen to all day, and they don't get it at all.
I thought you were going to say Mariah Carey.
Conor: No, not too into Mariah Carey. Celine Dion, not. Terrible.
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