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You didn’t miss your only chance to party with garage-rockers on the high seas: The Bruise Cruise—-that debauched gathering of bands and their fans aboard a Carnival cruise ship—-will be back next winter for a second go-round. The talent includes King Khan & the Shrines, The Soft Pack, The Dirtbombs, comedian Neil Hamburger, and returning talent Thee Oh Sees, DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin, and Quintron & Miss Pussycat (plus more to be announced, I’m sure). The boat sets sail from Miami to Nassau on Feb. 10, 2012.
Check out the press release (pasted below), which reveals that Bruise Cruise II will be a little bit larger—-500 guests, up from 380. The release also quotes from the boatloads (ahem) of positive press the nautical extravaganza garnered—-although it appears to have omitted any mention of my Bruise Cruise cover story. Fair enough! The music was a fine time, the people were fun—-but ultimately, neither was enough to stave off the existential despair that was my reaction to the experience of being trapped on a massive, floating temple of gaudy hedonism. Relive the memories here.
Side note: Thee Oh Sees have a new album coming out—-more warped psych-pop than garage rock, really—-and it’s fucking awesome.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery
BRUISE CRUISE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS SECOND YEAR! FEBRUARY 10-13, 2012 TICKETS ON SALE NOW! THREE DAY TROPICAL ROCK ’N’ ROLL CRUISE VACATION SAILING FROM MIAMI TO THE BAHAMAS AND BACK
FEATURING KING KHAN & THE SHRINES, THE SOFT PACK, THE DIRTBOMBS, THEE OH SEES, QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT, NEIL HAMBURGER AND DJ MR. JONATHAN TOUBIN WITH MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
After a successful first year, Bruise Cruise Festival is back for round two. This year’s lineup will feature an even crazier spectacle of today’s best rock ’n’ roll talent, including King Khan & The Shrines, The Soft Pack, The Dirtbombs, and America’s funnyman Neil Hamburger. Coming back for another blast of sun-soaked fun will be Bruise Cruise favorites Thee Oh Sees, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and New York’s infamous soul DJ, Mr. Jonathan Toubin.
Bruise Cruise offers true music fans a chance to witness their favorite bands in a unique, intimate, rock festival atmosphere while being whisked away to exotic locales on board a cruise ship for three days of tropical mayhem. Only 500 guests will be able to attend BC2. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.bruisecruisefestival.com for more information.
Amazing goings-on from the first cruise include: one bass guitar being launched into the Atlantic, one successful marriage proposal during a Ty Segall set, one couple meeting, falling in love, and getting engaged, one Black Lips video being made, and two documentaries being filmed.
Last year’s crew of “Bruisers” featured an interesting array of top music fans, including John Norris (MTV/Noisevox), Terre T (WFMU), Pro-Surfers Alek Parker & Dylan Graves, and Ben Blackwell & Ko Melina of The Dirtbombs.
New York Magazine, NME, Spin, Filter, VBS.tv, Noisevox, Huffington Post, Brooklyn Vegan, Broward Palm Beach New Times, Jalouse (France), Flavorpill, and Grooveshark were all on board to witness the inaugural high-seas spectacle.
Bruise Cruise 2 will include multiple concerts at sea, a party in Nassau, Bahamas, open-bar cocktail hours, a soul dance-off with cash prizes, comedy shows, lectures, workshops, and a puppetry breakfast hour with Miss Pussycat. Amenities featured on board include: A casino, resort-style pools, hot tubs, miniature golf, water parks, fine dining, all-you-can-eat buffets, and more. The price of one ticket will cover all entertainment, lodging, meals, limited-edition vinyl, Bruiser gift bags, and even some drinks.
Here’s what people are saying about Bruise Cruise 2011:
“I went on the Bruise Cruise and it blew my mind.” – Kim Drezdon, 2011 Bruiser
“I went on the Bruise Cruise and fell in love with rock and roll all over again.” – John Reed, 2011 Bruiser
“The Bruise Cruise wasn’t like every other festival. No one knew what to expect. It was absolutely crazy. The alcohol flowed, the music was awesome, and by the end of the cruise everyone was family.” – Ian Witlen, Spin Magazine
“Everyone who’s asked, rocker and civilian alike, gives the Bruise Cruise a positive review.” – Amos Barshad, New York Magazine
“It exceeded my expectations a millionfold.” – Ryan Sambol, The Strange Boys
“I wish this wouldn’t end. It’s indie rock summer camp. No one wants to say goodbye. We’re toasting marshmallows. Except instead of toasting marshmallows, we’re drinking Crown Royal out of a bottle. Nothing will quite compare to this first time. Everyone will remember this festival as our Woodstock.” – Broward Palm Beach New Times
“I will definitely be here next year. If we don’t play, I’m paying. I’m coming.” – Katy Goodman, Vivian Girls
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! www.bruisecruisefestival.com