Fresh Tracks, Toga Parties, Blowfly and More Fucked Up News From the Bruise Cruise



Cream Captain D. Patrick Rodgers, who will also attend the Bruise Cruise Festival, is portrayed in the above photo by his hair doppelganger Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Cream Captain D. Patrick Rodgers, who will also attend the Bruise Cruise, is portrayed in the above photo by his hair doppelganger, Leo.
Hey, guess who’s going on The Bruise Cruise when it sets sail this coming February! This guy. So stoked. (See the photo at right.) Making its second annual voyage from Miami to the Bahamas and back and featuring three days of performances from awe-striking acts like The Dirtbombs, Fucked Up, King Khan and the Shrines, Thee Oh Sees, Neil Hamburger and more, the on-board-Carnival Cruise, nautical garage-rock festival goes adrift from Feb. 10-13. If you’re looking to get your stoke on as well, word on the sea is that some ship cabins are still available. Surf on over to the cruise’s official site to shore up your reservations.

Cruise Cap’n Jonas Stein has announced that ever-boisterous and ebullient Fucked Up singer Damian Abraham — who once gave yours truly the biggest, sweatiest, most unsolicited bear hug in bear hug history — as the 2012’s Official Festival Cruise Director. Abraham — who is, like, Canada’s indie-rock Adam Curry as host of MuchMusic’s The Wedge, on which stuff like this happens — will master on-board ceremonies and special events such as concerts and workshops. So says a press release Stein sent to the Scene, proclaiming anticipatory pride in showering audiences with the “’Fucked Up at sea experience’ as they charter into international waters together this winter.”

And that’s a good thing, because those pop-tinged Canadian hardcore punkers in Fucked Up hate summer — thus noted in their little number “I Hate Summer.” Heretofore unreleased, the song will appear on a forthcoming split 7-inch with fellow sea-bound, booked-on-Bruise Cruise rockers, Detroit’s legendary The Dirt Bombs. That hot wax is slated to drop on Bruise Cruise Records as part of the label’s limited-edish vinyl series. The release's Rob Corradetti artwork kind rules. See?

So, would you just love to hear “I Hate Summer” right here and right now? Yeah, I thought so. Here you go:

If for some inexplicable reason you're reading this post from Miami, and that also doubles as the city you call home, but cruisin’ ain’t in your budge, you still have an opportunity to see the BC bands, or at least most of them — in edition to Vice City locals Blowfly, Deaf Poets and others — at one, or both, of two Miami kick-off parties the cruise is throwing at a haunt called The Stage. Non-cruisers can buy two-day passes to that double-shot shindig here.

Also, the Blowfly below? Really?! Really.

Anywho, purchasing those two-day passes is far from a bad call for you Miami indwellers out there. I mean, coastlines aside, it must really be nice to live in a city that unequivocally kick-ass garage-psych troupe de force Thee Oh Sees are coming to. I mean, for real, why in Skip Spence's name has this band still slept on making their Nashville debut? I call bullshit.

I mean, really, what city (music or otherwise) wouldn't wanna host this band?

Moving on.

In other BC news, The Togas — a garage-rock cover band boasting a super grouping of names the likes of Ty Segall, Shannon and the Clams’ Shannon Shaw, The Strange Boys’ Philip Sambol and Reigning Sound’s Lance Wille, who will make its debut on the cruise — have announced that its repertoire will include songs voted on by Bruise Cruise ticket holders. That repertoire will also include classic cuts by The Temptations, Buddy Holly, The Eisley Brothers (sic), Velvet Underground and Red Kross, among others. Videographer Claire Vogel made a little promo teaser for the band. Check it out:

With the maritime festival falling on Valentine’s Day weekend — Feb. 10-13 — willing and lucky lovelorn cruisers can expect to see themselves becoming contestants on the cruise’s Bruiser Dating Game show. One can only surmise that Damian Abraham will play the role of Chuck Woolery, right?

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