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The Scurvy

By Julie Garisto

Scurvy rascals: Brandon Fergus, vocals; Green Willy, guitar; Jesse Robinson, guitar; Steve Marks, drums; and Los 13, bass.

Formed: 2005 in Pinellas County, with several lineup changes.

Oi, mateys: Invaded by pirate ghosts of punk and metal past, Scurvy pumps out harmonies, tough lead vocals, guitars deftly playing off each other and bouncy bass leads.

CD in the works: Banned from the Bay, due to be released July 4. The title pokes fun at the band's status with certain bars and bands in the St. Pete scene.

Why the beef in St. Pete? A major part of it involves an altercation after a Rancid concert at the State Theater last June, which the band describes as an unfortunate finale to a memorable and well-attended show. Fergus says the band got praise from Rancid's Matt Freeman but won't divulge what happened afterward. "I plead the fifth," he says.

Lucky hideout: The guys' headquarters is the home of a friend who chooses to identify himself solely by the name "Lucky." Lucky's house is in Central Pinellas and has a large autograph wall, school bus in the back and other oddities. It's become for Pinellas what the Punk House is to Hillsborough, but is kept even more secret. "We pick and choose who comes," says Willy. "It sucks, but we have to do that. By doing that, we've had no problems." Also the band's practice and recording space, Lucky's house is an around-the-clock hangout. Gigs have drawn crowds of 100-plus with national and regional touring bands co-headlining. People bring food, parents drop in. "It's all about homeboys, friends and family," Willy says proudly.

Beer and more beer: The guys pass around a skull-shaped beer bong at their shows, named after mock-legendary pirate Jim McGee. Fergus also penned a song dedicated to that thirsty feeling after a bad day at work, called Road Beer.

Shenanigans: The boys find themselves in amusing predicaments, like playing Stairway to Heaven for a Fort Lauderdale cop to get out a ticket. At a Bourbon Street show during the band's Murphy's Law tour, Robinson tried to relive a head-butting victory on the punching game but wound up breaking his leg. "So here we are, 15 minutes left to open for Murphy's Law, and he is laid out on a couch in the bar," Fergus recalls. "We ended up saying, 'F--- it. Let's put the couch on the stage.' We had Jimmy G. from Murphy's Law on the couch, as well as our buddy Neil and Jessie's girlfriend, Kylie, while we were playing and they were all singing with us! Good show!"

Hear them: Saturday at 11:30 p.m. before a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Beach Theater, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. $5.

The Scurvy 02/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 19, 2009 3:42pm]
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