The West Palm Beach-based Band In Heaven — veritable local darlings — recently released a video for their song “High Low” to much web acclaim. (They count Vice and Brooklyn Vegan as fans.) The video features a couple eating magic mushrooms and driving around Miami, taking in the now-hazy, purple-tinged sights. It’s an appropriate set of visuals for a band that kind of sounds like a psychedelically enhanced trip through sweaty, neon-lit locales. That’s exactly how they make listeners feel, too, with their fuzz-heavy, shoe-gazey dreaminess: real heady and gritty at the same time.
I interviewed the Band In Heaven in 2010, after feeling moved by one of their performances. There was something cinematic about the music, all the build-ups and lush moodiness. I asked frontman Ates Isildak what films influenced their sound, if any; he mentioned quite a few, William Klein’s Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo? and Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ among them. “All these films are confusing and beautiful and shot in black-and-white,” he said. “I wanted to make music that sounded black-and-white to me. Stark but still emotional.” Close your eyes next time you see them live; you’ll likely see film noir visions and feel just like the couple in their video does.”
This coming Friday, you’ll find them in the video’s setting — Miami — to help celebrate artist/Holly Hunt drummer/Salty Eggs favorite Beatriz Monteavaro’s birthday. In keeping with the spirit of Betty’s art and music — dynamic and banging and a bit otherworldly — the lineup celebrating her seeming command of both the astral and earthly planes will be equally magical: Fourier (which will be doubling up their usual two-person act with Ricardo Guerrero of This Heart Electric and Monteavaro’s partner, Gavin Perry), New Coke, Jellyfish Brothers, Self and Other, and Haochi Waves (just added to the line-up and featuring members of Prettie Pleeze).
Where: Churchill’s Pub (5501 N.E. Second Ave., Miami)
Date/Time: 9 p.m. Friday, March 23