Alabama surf-rock firestarter Daikaiju is ready to kiss Tampa on the mouth again

The band plays Hooch and Hive on Monday.

click to enlarge Daikaiju plays New World Brewery in Ybor City, Florida on July 7, 2012. - Photo by Nicole Kibert/
Photo by Nicole Kibert/
Daikaiju plays New World Brewery in Ybor City, Florida on July 7, 2012.
Prince Midnight might meet his match in Daikaiju, which plays Tampa's Hooch and Hive on Monday, Oct. 24.

Both acts play masked, but Midnight’s folklore and eccentric metal show play off the mythology of a mysterious “Skelecaster” guitar allegedly made from his uncle’s bones (he also makes rock and roll toilets).

Daikaiju for its part is beloved in the Bay area thanks to legendary sets on the patio at New World Brewery’s shuttered Ybor City location (yes, fire was involved). More than 20 years after its inception, the kaiju-themed surf-rock band is still one of Alabama’s finest exports.

Prescribed Fire, one of Tampa’s best instrumental rock acts, rounds out the killer bill.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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