Danny and Alex are self-producing a special brand of geeky, charming pop right here in St. Petersburg

Creative Loafing Tampa’s Music Issue 2018 reeks of ‘70s funk and ‘80s pop thanks to these two.

Danny and Alex’s musical partnership began at St. Petersburg’s John Hopkins Middle School, where their peers were busy drenching themselves in Axe body spray while they basked in the glow of '70s funk and '80s jams from Steely Dan, Prince, Beatles and Hall & Oates. What followed was nearly a decade of disappointment and burned bridges, with small successes (anyone remember Sound Parlor?) sprinkled throughout. 

“A great deal was lost, and a great deal was learned,” the 22-year-olds told CL. A bad producer moved the duo away from its sound, so the boys started self-producing their own music, which now reeks of an irresistible, geeky, and incredibly catchy charm.

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Material from the pair’s forthcoming debut album has consisted of singles that are upbeat explorations about coming of age. Songs like “Mrs. Mashay” paint a picture of a teacher-student romance while “Who’s Been Smoking You Out?” tells the well-known tale of love, parties, ganja and jealousy. “Man with a Minivan” is the official theme song for freshly licensed drivers driving shaggin’ wagons. You can listen to the the turtleneck rock via Soundcloud, and read CL contributor Madison Dudley’s extended profile of the band here.

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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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