If you are a loyal County Grind reader, you've witnessed the meteoric rise of indie-rock starlets Surfer Blood. Starting out as most local bands do, begging promoters for a shot and hustling for gigs, the sonic quartet rode a lightning bolt of success that ultimately landed them on Universal Records.
Surfer Blood isn't the only area success story. Broward and Palm Beach counties can lay claim to the shock rock of Marilyn Manson (Fort Lauderdale), the emo-punk splendor of New Found Glory (Coral Springs), and the even more emotive rock of Dashboard Confessional (Boca Raton). Also count Fort Lauderdale nu-metal act Nonpoint and the tender melodies of Lake Worth's John Ralston.
What are all these acts' recipes for success? Fuck if we know. A bit of luck and hard work are a good start. What we can attest to is that this is a veritable breeding ground for talent. Behind every Surfer Blood and Dashboard Confessional success story lie three or four local acts just as worthy of major-label glory.More »