Fans of '80s New Wave and Goth can solemnly rejoice as two of the Southeast's finest tribute bands come together for a welcome reprieve from the St. Patrick's Day kickoff madness with a Friday the 13th split bill at local boozery and music cavern The Jinx.
Florida's Ordinary Boys, a Smiths and Morrissey Tribute band will be joining forces with The Hostess City's own The Love Cats a tribute to the music of The Cure.
“The band was formed, truly, as a one-off type of project,” said AJ Navarrete of Ordinary Boys. “It started in December 2010, with some local musicians, for a one-off show at Churchill's, in Little Haiti (Miami). Other venues started to become interested in the show and being as there was a demand for it that no one else was filling, it spun off.”
While The Smith's front-man Morrissey has a famed and often polarizing love/hate relationship with the general public, Ordinary Boys are strictly here for a good time.
“We in the band, look at the music further foremost, we all have somewhat similar views, and there are some polar opposites as well, but the love and the fun we have on stage with these songs seems to outweigh 95 percent of whatever is said,” Navarrete said. “The people in the crowd, all seem to feel the same. We've been approached about it, and they put most of that division aside to come sing and dance to songs that shaped or inspired them in their youth in one way or another.”
Navarrete said the band is looking forward to making another return to Savannah as well as expanding their territory over the next year.
“This is our fifth stint in Savannah,” said Navarrete. “Apart from the view of downtown, the people, and the food, playing at The Jinx is truly the icing on the cake. What the venue has done for us in taking the chance two years ago, has become a great relationship since... no question! This year we're trying a lot harder to push past mid-Georgia, with our first show in Raleigh, N.C. We still want to push beyond that as well, as this incarnation of the band has more initiative to make us the go-to for this type of music."
When asked about their Savannah specific plans, Navarrete says the boys are most looking forward to soaking up some of the local sights, as well as some of our notable cuisine.
"We always make sure to have some great Crispy Succulent Pig & Ramen at the Flying Monk Noodle Bar. That's a given, all the time, "said Navarrete. "This time around, since we have a little more time on our hands, we might venture and walk a bit more, and see more of the downtown sights, maybe ice cream?“
While their name may belie their normality, Ordinary Boys assure us they're up for the challenge of opening a Savannah St Patrick's Festival date.
“We haven't attended a Savannah St. Patrick's yet. In Miami, there a few block parties, but Savannah is the second largest in the nation. We're very excited for this to be one of the biggest shows we play so far this year and it's on a Friday the 13th, in Savannah, where there are supposed to be spooky and haunted places afoot... bring the night on!”