Miami, Florida-based indie surf-rockers Mustard Service release their newest single, “VCM” from their third album to date, Variety Pack (available now). The single includes a guest vocal performance by rapper ilikebloo.
“VCM” attains a vibe that hasn’t been achieved since, perhaps, 1969 with the release of Daydream by Wallace Collection.” After an assuredly daydreamy introduction the song transforms polyrhythmic dance, the underlying melody playfully shifting between instruments beneath the vocal performance.
“VCM is possibly the most collaborative song on the album. We’ve had our friend, ilikebloo, write a whole verse for himself. We told him, word for word, ‘it’s not even written yet man, say whatever you want and we’ll write around whatever you spit.’ We can’t speak for Numan (ilikebloo) when it comes to the theme of the song, but our interpretation had to do with the lack of authenticity in the Miami music scene and the frustration of having to deal with the people in it.
We’re sure most cities are like this, a handful of sycophants who used to trash talk you are now suddenly interested in being your friend once you’ve amassed some modicum of success…but we tried to express our own lived experiences in the scene, hence the name ‘VCM’ (Vice City Magic) acronymed as such because we thought the full name was a bit cheesy.” – Mustard Service
Sons of Latin immigrants, Mustard Service in 2015 and is held down by Marco Rivero
(lead vocals, guitar), Gabriel “Nuchi” Marinuchi (guitar), Augusto “Tuto” Di Catarina (bass,
vocals), Leo “Big Guy” Cattani (keys), and Adam Rhodes (drums).
Mustard Service is actively carving out a niche with their own brand of “zest pop,” appealing to fans of artists ranging from The Beach Boys, Mac DeMarco, and Charly García. Infused with elements of funk and jazz, the band’s complex and infectious grooves and thoughtful lyrics prove the band is unquestionably on course to be appealing to other musicians while still being thoroughly accessible to the average music fan.
Florida-based listeners and readers can enjoy the album launch party, Mustard Service Presents ‘Zest Fest,’ a new one-day music festival to support local Miami based artists: Donzii, Seafoam Walls, Better Than This. It’s not too late to get your tickets to this Aug 5 event via dice.fm.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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