Jacuzzi Boys is a three-piece rock band from Miami. By phone in the tour van, bassist Danny Gonzalez discussed the new album Glazin’, the weirdness of Miami, and the best part about coming home after a tour.
How does the new album differ from stuff you’ve recorded before?
Sonically, there is more going on. We had a little more time in the studio so there is more sound, more overdubs and stuff like that. The songs have more of a pop feel. It’s a little poppier than No Seasons.
Did you like having more time in the studio?
It wasn’t that much more time. No Seasons was done in seven days. We did this one in 12 days. For sure, we enjoyed the extra days. I wouldn’t want to be in the studio for six months or a year, but the extra time was nice. We had to work very quickly.
Do you find that helps if you have to work quickly?
Yeah. It kind of keeps the spirit of the songs alive instead of nitpicking every little thing that may be wrong with the song, or you have 17 mixes. That doesn’t do you any favors. It’s nice to bang it out and get it out of the way.
How does Miami shape your sound?
It’s kind of a tricky thing to answer. It’s the landscape and environment and the 24-hour party aspect of Miami. Bars are already closed, you can get a drink anytime. It’s a very carefree city. We have a lot of references to animals and climate in general. That has a lot to do with where we’re at.
Is living in Florida as weird as Carl Hiaasen makes it sound in his books?
Florida’s pretty weird in general. Miami is pretty damn weird. It’s not like any other city in the country that I’ve visited.
What’s the best part about touring?
Just going out and meeting people, seeing old friends. It’s fun especially when you get a good response. It makes it all worthwhile when people appreciate it and you receive some energy back. It’s one thing if you get a good review. That’s just words on a paper. But if you see kids at a show jumping around, it has a more real effect on you as a person.
What’s the first thing you do when you get back home?
The last two tours, the first thing I’ve done is go to the beach. Living in Miami, you can go to the beach year-round. The last two tours it’s just wake up and go to the beach, sit in the sand.
We can go to the beach year-round too although your water is warmer than ours is.
That’s what I was going to say. Unlike you guys, we got the Atlantic Ocean.
What would you be doing if you weren’t making music?
If I wasn’t making music, I’d be trying to make music. If not that, I’d probably be taking more pictures.
What do you like to photograph?
Just random stuff I happen to come across. No real specific subject matter I look for.
Jacuzzi Boys play:
- The Continental Room in Fullerton on Thursday 29 September
- Til-Two Club in San Diego on Friday 30 September
- Blue Star Bar in LA on Saturday 1 October.