Brownie Points / Murphy's Kids / Stuck Lucky

Brownie Points/Murphy's Kids/Stuck Lucky: live in Deland, FLlive in Deland, FL (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 5

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It isn't often when you go out to a local show that you actually enjoy all of the bands playing. Unfortunately, I must admit, I did miss one of the bands on tonight's bill. So, I will be reviewing the other 4 bands that I was able to catch: Las Cabriolas, Stuck Lucky, Murphy's Kids, and Brownie Poin.

It isn't often when you go out to a local show that you actually enjoy all of the bands playing. Unfortunately, I must admit, I did miss one of the bands on tonight's bill. So, I will be reviewing the other 4 bands that I was able to catch: Las Cabriolas, Stuck Lucky, Murphy's Kids, and Brownie Points. All of these bands, except for Brownie Points are on tour currently for the Southern Ska Tour. This was also the only show on the tour featuring all 3 of the bands that were on the tour.

First and foremost, credit for this show needs to be given where it is deserved. If it weren't for clubs such as Happy Daze, in Deland, Florida, this show might now have been possible. The people at the venue are always willing to book up and coming bands, and give them a stage to cut their teeth on. For this, I have to take my hat off to Kathy, and Bonnie, the proprietors of this fine establishment. And for those who think it is just a place for 30 year olds to start a pit with a bunch of kids, you are sadly mistaken.

When I arrived at the venue early, the first of the bands were just starting to get into town and get their gear set up. This gave me a chance to sit down and talk with a few of the guys from the first band of the night, Las Cabriolas . They were some of the most genuine guys I have met in a while. Hailing from Boone, North Carolina, this was the bands first tour. Now these guys set sounded great. With the use of old school organ and keyboard sounds, they really started to get the early crowd going with songs such as, "Mi Ma Mi Ma", "Leaving Town," and a cover of the Special's "Nite Klub". If you get a chance to see these guys on a bill, go check them out.

The next band of the night was Stuck Lucky, a 5 piece ska band from Tennessee. To me these guys sounded a lot like Operation Ivy when I first started listening. A lot of their songs were fast to mid speed punks songs, some of which their rhythm guitar player, Christian, put down his guitar and picked up his trumpet. This was the only reason I think they are labeled as a ska band, but a good band none the less. Their last song of the night, a cover of Operation Ivy's "Unity", really started to get the small crowd of about 50 people on their feet, dancing around.

Third to take the stage this night would be Murphy's Kids, a 7 piece ska band from Richmond, Virginia. Of all of the bands on tour tonight they were my favorite. Their lead singer reminded me a lot of Spring Heeled Jack. The bands tight rhythm section and a blaring horn line, consisting of 2 trombones, and a trumpet, left the crowd wanting some more at the end of their set. Not to mention that their bass player was a tree with feet, this guy all of 6'10", I shit you not. To end the night they played a cover from one of my favorite bands of all time, The Pietaster's "Up All Night". If you are in the Richmond area, take advantage of it, and check these guys out.

Now on to our last band, the headliner of the night, and one of my favorite local bands, Brownie Points. This was about the 6th time that I have been able to catch these guys act live, and they always put on a rocking show. Anyone who hasn't heard of them, they are a 5 piece rock w/ horns outfit from Daytona Beach, Florida. This was also the first night that their saxophone/vocalist Danny Ferri had played the bass guitar in front of a crowd, and he did a great job. Every song had a great musical lines, and heart-felt vocals. The crowd at the show was just able to feed of the energy of everyone is the band. Just one glance up at the stage and you could see that, from Nathan the drummer's heavy kicks, and yelling every lyric out, to Josh and Doug, the horn section, dancing around and having a good time. Jim, the guitar player, also had a great feel with the crowd, joking between songs, and really getting the crowd into the show. Uncle T, a local musical conesour was even quoted after the show as saying, "You're the baddest mother fuckas I've ever heard."

All and all, it was a good night, of great music, good drinks, and of course cool people.


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Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

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Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit is a kick ass Ska musician. The next LB record will be a departure from RapMetal and be more about third wave SKA. Ska Rules!

inagreendase (July 4, 2003)

in truth, asob is punkskaemohardcore

Anonymous (July 3, 2003)

For some reason, I am on the Brownie Points mailing list and have been for about a year. I've never bothered checking them out, though.

Anonymous (July 2, 2003)

"wow, who plays ska? i thought we were on to emo now."

This comment would be funny if a)it wasn't used so much and b)if ska didn't suck just as much.

RyanTMurphy (July 2, 2003)

How are Brownie Points any more hard working than any other bands? The difference is, other bands do scene supporting things like, say, play an awards show entirely dedicated to the local punk scene instead of playing some useless show at Will's on the same night. Everyone I know who's met Brownie Points say they are assholes and regardless of that, their music is terrible.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

I personally think that Ryan Murphy is a cock sucker who does more damage to the local scene by talking shit about hard working bands...

funkisdead (July 1, 2003)

wow, who plays ska? i thought we were on to emo now.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

you want good local ska, check out ASOB (see mp3.com for..yeah...i'm lazy)


TJmoney (July 1, 2003)

the ataris played at happy daze once...sometimes I go to happy daze and it's cool, other times it sucks...this time probably woulda been pretty cool but I didn't go cuz I had to work so it sucked.

RyanTMurphy (July 1, 2003)

You like Brownie Points? I personally hate their music because their songs are boring and drab and the horns are completely excessive, but they're also assholes who do more damage to the local scene than good. And I don't know what you're saying about it not being a place for 30 year old punks to screw around with the kids, the last time I went there it WAS the 30 year old punks in the pit while all the kids were sitting down on the couches. Was the stoned guy with dreads there trying to do his rap?

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