Jacuzzi Boys frontman talks about being a rock band in Miami


Elizabeth Williams

Jacuzzi Boys have been banging out sunny, beach party rock since 2007. The trio’s latest EP, released September 2013, is a self-titled album that tones down their signature fuzz and drives listeners on a night ride with the top down. The Daily Texan spoke with Jacuzzi Boys frontman Gabriel Alcala to discuss their current tour with Wavves and King Tuff and the rock scene in Miami. 


The Daily Texan: How’s the tour going?

Gabriel Alcala: It’s been a blast so far. It’s been really fun. We really dig both bands and everybody’s super cool. We’re feeling pretty good. Last night the sleeping arrangements weren’t the best, but it’s been fun.


DT: What are three words that would describe a typical Jacuzzi Boys show?

GA: Wild, smoke and sex.


DT: How do you guys pass time on tour?

GA: Every trip is basically our driver playing gangster rap. We’re looking for funny stuff on our phones a lot, just basically trying to make each other crack up and reading the news. That’s it, basically. Or sleeping.


DT: What’s it like being a rock band in Miami?

GA: It’s sort of weird. There’re a lot of kids that are into rock and roll, but there’s definitely not a lot of bands. Bands come and go. Bands don’t usually tour much. There’s a handful of them that tour. But we love Miami, it’s pretty awesome.


DT: It really doesn’t seem like a rock town to me.

GA: Yeah, it’s not. There’s only one venue that’s a sort of rock and roll venue and the rest are clubs. And without that venue — they’re called Churchill’s — there would be close to nothing as far as rock and roll or our music.


DT: What would you say are the best and the worst things about being in Miami?

GA: The best and the worst … there’s a couple bests. The food, the Cuban food is really great. The girls are pretty amazing looking. Overall the culture and vibe are sort of Hispanic with some spookiness to it. The beaches are awesome to have. As far as worst, there’s a cheesiness to Miami, but I don’t think we mind it at all. I can’t tell you the worst thing about living in Miami, I don’t know. I guess the lack of variety, as far as doing stuff. There’s only a handful of places that we go to.


DT: Your last record definitely gave out a more psychedelic vibe and less fuzzy sound than the last two, Glazin’ and No Seasons. What was your process going in to record this album?

GA: On our last record we had a longer time to make it. We went in there with a batch of songs but we also had some songs that changed completely in the studio and we just let them. We just experimented more. We wrote some songs in the studio, and I think this record is sort of glossier. It has a nighttime vibe instead of a daytime thing going on.