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Artist of the day: Alias Punch




You want warped this weekend? That is, the true meaning of warped, as in twisted and out of the ordinary.

Then forgo the sweaty teen scene at Vinoy Park and catch Orlando’s Alias Punch at Brokenmold’s Anti-Warpt Festival of concerts in downtown St. Petersburg.

One of the best acts among the several hard-working, mainstream-busting acts in the showcase, Alias Punch performs music with, yes, punch, and a style that perfectly captures the term "weird in a good way."

The trio serves up a sweet and salty concoction of ’60s psychedelia, garage rock, early ’80s post-punk and dance rock. If you miss early Talking Heads, Television and Syd Barrett, you’ll get some fond reminders of the weird-cool acts of way back when – but with a fresh melodic twist that keeps it all from sounding too retro and derivative.

Word is the band delivers a live show that’s not to miss, full of primal, madcap energy. Singer, lyricist and bassist Dusty Mondy tells strange tales and sings about familiar, odd situations, from friend requests on social networking sites and dead-end jobs to director Pedro Almodovar and psychiatric problems. Mondy’s songs are quirky but entertainingly so, not cloying and at the expense of being catchy. Arkie "Slave to Rhythm" Jay lays down visceral, dance-y beats and guitarist Jasper Bleu contributes spooky and sweet counterpoints via his swirly and jangly guitar.

Visit the band's MySpace page to read their entertainingly well-written bio and sample some tunes.

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:20pm]


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