With the release of their 2016 record Ping Pong, Jacuzzi Boys present an album which could easily be portrayed as Lo-Fi nutters chasing summer highs. It's a record all about distorted grooves, dreamy nostalgia and pop melodies. It's raw and that's the way we like it...
If a band name ever suggested a no-worries approach to life, like breeziness in the face of stifling convention, then you would call yourself Jacuzzi Boys. It's a denotation in keeping with their cheerfully mangled sound; a gloopy, sunshine distilled art of Shoegazing. But this is a kind of grunge interlaced with a pop approach. In other words, Jacuzzi Boys feels confident in their own skins. Ping Pong all but proves this.
There’s an irresistible spontaneity to Ping Pong that makes it hard to dislike. For example, Can't Fight Forever has a delicious sense of laziness about it, as if it was written perfectly in one take, no hassle, no fuss. Boys Like Blood feels exactly the same. Though the delivery is weaker, it's another example of how good punk rock should be executed. It's fast. It's compelling. That's the Ping Pong mentality; "we couldn’t care less about what people think, and we're having way too much fun that way".
With the release of Ping Pong Jacuzzi Boys might not be reinventing the punk wheel. But it's a crisper, radio-friendlier effort, that feels like a change may be coming for the traditionally hell-raising genre. Jacuzzi Boys are on the front foot of the change, so that's why we spoke to their main man from Miami, Jacuzzi Boys' very own Danny Gonzalez...
"Not sure who even comes close to Iggy.
An endorsement from Joey "Coco" Diaz would be cool I guess"
- Danny Gonzalez
Hi Danny Gonzalez. You released the much anticipated Ping Pong last year, how's it been since the release?
It's been fun. We went on our first full blown North American tour in quite some time so that was cool, and we have some other tours coming up for 2017 as well.
We love the old tradition of putting the best track on the album at the very end. We think you've done that with Tip Of My Tongue/Edge Of My Brain. Do you agree? Well it's hard for me to say it's the best, but I think we're all really happy with the way it turned out. It came from a jam that happened spontaneously while recording, so it's kinda special in that way too. We basically recorded it right away. It all felt really fresh.
You've been doing this now for 8 years! We're massive fans of No Seasons and the rougher garage approach. How have things changed from the times of Glazin, Jacuzzi Boys, and now Ping Pong? Yeah, time has gone by pretty quickly, it's crazy. I don't think much has changed though. We've pretty much approached each record the same. We've spent more time on some and less on others, but we've just done whatever has felt natural to us at that particular moment. No real game plan.
You famously got an Iggy Pop endorsement a few years back which helped kick start things. At this stage, who would you now want an endorsement from to reach the next level? Iggy has been very nice to us and continues to support us whenever he can. He asked us to open the Post Pop Depression tour date here in Miami, and routinely plays our tunes on his BBC show. It's a bit surreal when you step back from it for a moment. But anyway, not sure who even comes close to Iggy. An endorsement from Joey "Coco" Diaz would be cool I guess.