Krisp Taking Six Months off from Live Shows to Record "Badass Jams"
Deciphering which band to catch between the multitudes of acts performing at this weekend's inaugural Block x Blog festival is one a tall order. With three stages and a tally of 30 odd bands on the bill, you could really use a personal assistant to help maximize the experience.
County Grind is here to help though, if you are a fan of the hook-heavy synth pop sounds of bands like Depeche Mode and the Junior Boys, circle one band on the list that you must see: Krisp. Based out of Miami's artistic hub, Wynwood, this four-piece's glimmering electronic indie rock has garnered a sizable following in the Magic City.
Although currently residing in Miami-Dade County, most of the quartet is familiar with gigging in Broward. Previously, three of the four that make up Krisp played in a Pompano Beach group, under the moniker Prospect Road.
According to Krisp bassist Alex Lopez, Prospect Road was more of a straightforward rock troupe and the transformation into the breathy synthesizer-propelled sounds that make up Krisp was completely unintentional. Lopez
New Times: Your Facebook states you make music good vibes for Mr. T please explain?
Lopez: Who doesn't like Mr. T? I'm talking about the original Mr. T, not the UFC guy. That guy is fucking badass.
What are your feelings on the Block x Blog festival?
Dude, we couldn't be more psyched. We love Holy Ghost, and think a lot of the other acts are really awesome. And then there's the Jacuzzi Boys, I've never seen them live, so I'm stoked.
What do you guys make of the scene in Broward County? Do you notice a difference in the crowd?
We have played Green Room twice, but never played the Revolution stage. I can't say I notice a difference in the crowd. The only real difference is people in Miami seem to know us more than up in Broward. So we get a better crowd in Miami. But don't get me wrong, when we played the Green Room we had tons of friends come out and support us. I used to live in Deerfield Beach so I have lots of friends there.
So you have Broward roots?
We used to practice in a warehouse space in Pompano Beach. Charlie, Jason, and I all lived in Broward a few years back, and played in a group called Prospect Road. Krisp kind of came out of that.
How did you guys become Krisp then?
Well back then, Charlie Woods was our singer, he left, but came back to perform every now and then as our keyboard player. He added a really cool synth part to one of our Prospect Road songs called "Purple." Sure enough, we dug the vibe and little by little began going more in that direction. Charlie and I always liked bands like the Chemical Brothers and MGMT. We never thought we'd end up making music of the same sort.