(photo: mindy hertzon)
The 20th anniversary original lineup reunion of South Florida post-punk royals The Holy Terrors may be billed as the "Interpol after party" on Churchill's website, but The Terrors famous ex-drummer's early-night gig at the Fillmore is the musical afterthought to a celebration of all that does not suck in South Florida Rock.
Some 20 years ago, Rob Elba and Dan Hosker came back to South Florida from Boston and started a racket that never ceased. The rhythm section first changed in 1993 when bassist Frank Labrador split. Then in 1996, Fogarino left South Florida for Chicago, taking the roundabout way to fame and fortune with the nattily attired Interpol, whom he joined up with in 2000. While Fogarino has sat in with the band a handful of times since then, most recently being in January, 2009 - this is Labrador's first appearance with the band since 1993. While many prefer thump of Will Trev, the bassist who took Labrador's place back in the first Clinton administration - the novelty of having the original band back together is enough to pack out Churchill's. Which is pretty amusing, seeing how they were lucky to have 80 people see them in their prime.
Describing the Pixies-meets-H.L. Mencken style of The Holy Terrors almost seems silly seeing how the group has played at least 400 local shows in their 20 years. If you like rock and roll and live in the tri-county area, you should know if you dig the Terrors or not. But for those who are recent arrivals to the magic city, or have recently been released from an institutional learning facility - it's well worth the $10 at the door to see the Terrors. And compared to $33 + ticketmaster fees for Interpol tonight, it's a bargain.