By Hank Justice
Much has been written about TEEPEE, the eclectic and distinct musical brainchild of Miami’s Erix S. Laurent (born Eric Lopez-Zareño), a man who eats nothing but fruit and music.
But to try and accurately describe what TEEPEE sound musically (phonetically they sound like toilet paper or conical tent) is almost a clusterfck.
According to this Facebook invite for their upcoming Distant Love U.S. tour:
“Hypnotic psych/drone/experimental pop from Miami, FL.”
And according to their Facebook page:
“… billowing, Spaghetti Western-style goth rock’ – Dazed and Confused Magazine. See also: neu-göth, “gentle shoegaze,’ loud.”
But enough about musical labels. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty about TEEPEE. They are, like most bands with a new or newish record out and as mentioned above, touring to promote their 2012 LP titled Distant Love or: Time Never Meant Anything, and Never Will.
The LP, through outpourings of heavy synthesizers and impassive vocals, beautifully and strongly tells many of Laurent’s personal memories wayfaring through Miami as an adolescent.
It should be noted that there was a two-year gap between this record and 2009’s critically acclaimed Morals LP. And guess what? They’ve chosen none other than Bardot, Miami’s musically eclectic venue famous for its red carpet, to kick off their tour, which begins Thursday, March 28th here in Miami and ends on April 20th in Savannah, GA.
So, Miami, check out some of their latest tunes below and then head on down to Bardot tonight to help Laurent and his bandmates Andrew McLees (also their manager) and Dion Keith Kerr IV kick off TEEPEE’s tour of the U.S. in style on the red carpet. Doors open at 10:00 PM and there’s a $10 cover. Sounds will be provided by DJs Mikey Ramirez (Radio-Active Records) and Mr. Jolt (Jolt Radio).