If you can imagine combining all the cheesiest elements of Cocoa Beach, Panama City Beach and Key West - and sprinkled a little Venice Beach, California on top - you might get an idea of what a gross tourist trap Gold Coast, Australia is. If you can't quite picture this T shirt shop hell, Just spike Arizona the redneck riviera cocktail with Tempe, Arizona heat and make everything more expensive.
So it's no surprise that a musical misfit like The Death Set's Johnny Viera hated his native Gold Coast enough to drag his mate Beau Velasco to Baltimore (via Brooklyn) and made an american profession out of their aussie hobby of cranking out spastic hardcore punk with rabid chipmunk vocals over casio beats.
Velasco passed away in 2009, but Viera and the Death set continue to press on - making a name for themselves by cramming themselves into any DIY space they and their fans can fit into, and opening up for big electro acts like Girl Talk. Their new Lp, "Micheal Poiccard," just dropped and this is a rare treat to see a hip band on the upswing warm up for Austin's SXSW fest in Miami, instead of Birmingham, Alabama or Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Viera has been known to compare Miami to the Gold Coast in interviews, so in order to stop these odious comparisons it may be best to show up en masse to the Vagabond Friday night to convince him otherwise. If they insist on putting the gig outside, feel free to make the biggest patio mosh pit possible. Just do not offer Viera a Foster's Lager. No one drinks that swill down under.