Decades Records Showcase Brings the Cool Back to Clematis
Supporting local music comes in many forms: going to shows, buying merch, and even sharing a music video on your Facebook page. Passing out fliers was simply not enough support for one local crew. The need to provide a platform for South Florida's glorious strangeness is what inspired the creation of Decades Records. The West Palm Beach label, part of the Frenchkiss Group, is on a distinct mission to find and promote the area's most original music.
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With club owner and coffee aficionado Rodney Mayo backing the label, it's no surprise that the inaugural Decades Records Showcase will be shining its light in one of his own venues, Respectable Street, this week. But it's not just the reputation of the bar that will no doubt transform this six-band assault into memorable performances. With two stages available and plenty of talent, each band is almost guaranteed to deliver big on sound and stage presence.
Take the fiercely original Astrea Corporation. This psychedelic, trip-hop act describes its existence as "an entity that not only involves a band of musicians but a full live visual show featuring real-time projections and manipulation." With its new album, Paradise Oscine, dropping just four days before the official label showcase, Astrea fans will be clamoring for a live show, or what they refer to as "a full immersive experience."
Turn the dial 180 degrees and you might just land on fellow Decades band the Gravel Kings. Even though this indie folk act's sound is worlds away from Astrea Corp's, lead singer Zach Jones told us that signing with Decades Records "feels like home." The band will release an LP in August. "With Decades, we know we can be comfortable in the studio and on the road," Jones says. "They're here to listen and guide us in the direction we want to go."