Here’s the story of cult punk foursome Pool Party as they — and their small, but rabid circle of longtime fans — would have you believe. The members first met some 10 years ago when they bumped into each other while searching for drugs on the bathroom floor of the long-defunct South Miami club 5922. They hailed from far-flung parts of the globe: Dick Dumb from Cleveland, Creep Guirdo from Hialeah via Germany, “Inner” Toobs Molloy also from Miami, and Hand Gloveless from, well, that remains a mystery.
The story behind their first song and band name is just about as purposefully dumb as all of that. “The day we formed the band, we were going to have an actual pool party and write a song about it,” says bassist Guirdo, who refuses to give out his real name, or rather, insists that is his real name. “It was 40 degrees, and we couldn’t stand the icy water for more than 10 seconds, so, the only lyrics we could come up with were, ‘Pool party yeah!’ ”
Given the tongue-in-cheek nature of the band’s entire lyrical oeuvre, that last part might be true. As for the first part of all that, well, longtime regulars of places like Churchill’s will notice that the members certainly look a whole lot like members of the Getback, the Crumbs, Stay Hitt, the Knockouts, and even Miami Bass Warriors. (“Some people say that,” says Guirdo, “but those people are wrong or lying.”)
Whatever — many elements of Pool Party certainly sound like various bits of those bands (except, perhaps, the electronic Miami Bass Warriors). That’s a good thing. Pool Party specializes in uptempo rock and roll that’s got one foot in ’70s punk and the other in, uh, ’90s punk. And, well, probably some ’80s punk while they’re at it.
The point is the songs are loud and fast but super-catchy, a feat that all of the member’s (possible) old bands achieved with finesse. Given Pool Party’s ludicrous back story, though, don’t expect any of these songs to be serious. “Raised By Wolves,” for instance, the group’s new digital single, hinges on a chorus of barked, wolf-style “ahhh-oooohs.” Silly, yes, and yet, listen to it once, and it’ll still be there, rattling around in your brain, an hour later. “People laugh a lot when we play,” says Guirdo. “If I was more sensitive it would hurt my feelings, but we are numb as fuck.”
Pseudonyms and murky origins aside, the other impotant part about Pool Party’s story is that their cult status elevated in local circles over the years because of the band’s insane infrequency of live shows. Over the band’s first decade of existence, the group averaged about one show per year, until a renewed flurry of activity in recent months, which included a brief Florida tour. “We never broke up or reunited,” says Guirdo. “We didn’t play so often because we didn’t want to. Now we want to.”
This Saturday, the group plays Sweatstock on the Beached Miami stage inside Churchill’s, and besides “Raised By Wolves,” fans can expect to hear a decent chunk of new material. A new Pool Party 7-inch EP, dubbed Teenage Weirdo, is due out in June on Chicago-based Mooster Records, with a new full-length expected some time before Christmas. “The Teenage Weirdo seven-inch covers all kinds of topics: not crying, underwear, smelling hair, sacrilege and blasphemy,” says Guirdo. “The full-length expands upon that subject matter, with thongs, pop shove-its, sperm banks, disco dancing, voyeurism, and face punching.” All of that — even maybe the sperm banks — is probably also a safe bet for Saturday’s show.
Salty Eggs is proud to bring you the world premiere for the “Raised By Wolves” video, directed by Julian Yuri Rodriguez, below. Check out cameos by CVS and Palacio de los Jugos: