South Florida’s very own alternative/garage rock duo Deaf Poets, made up of Sean Wouters (guitars/vocal) and Nico Espinosa (vocals/percussion), just wrapped up their three-week West Coast tour in promotion of their sophomore album Lost in Magic City, and now they are returning back home to Florida to rock the east coast too. The group is hitting the road alongside fellow Miami-based group Peyote Coyote for the Florida tour titled “Poets On Peyote.”
The two groups are hitting 11 cities throughout Florida, and they are visiting Jacksonville for the first time next week. See the show at Nighthawks on Wednesday, August 30 at 8 p.m.
We had the chance to speak with the guys from Deaf Poets, and get a feel for exactly what’s different about this album and tour, and what different types of sounds to expect from them and Peyote Coyote.
What’s different about this album (Lost in Magic City) compared to your first record?
Deaf Poets: Our first record was 4150, and the main difference between these two records is mostly the instrumentation. We decided to change our sound for the second record and solidify the direction we really wanted to go. The instrumentation for this record Lost in Magic City is only vocals, guitar and drums, with maybe some electrical tambourine here and there, possibly some keyboard. There are songs from the first record like “Degenerate Mind” and the other fast songs from that record.
We decided that was our feel instead of the slower material with more instruments. This really translated during our live sets, as well. We stripped down for this record, and just did a live record that has imperfections and that’s just loud.
So tell me about the three-week tour you guys just wrapped up on the West Coast?
Starting May 5, we went all the way to Seattle and back. This was the first time we ever hit the West Coast, and there was a lot of driving and a lot of cities we’d never seen before. Not only have we not played in the majority of the states we were in, we’ve also never visited them. It was both a crazy amazing musical experience, as well a cool vacation to see cities you don’t see that often, you know?
What’s the difference between performing in your home state of Florida compared to other places in general?
It’s always changing honestly. In Florida, we do sort of have an established name, so we all know each other and play music together, it’s just a good vibe. To me, when you go out to places you’ve never played before, that’s what I enjoy the most. I like playing to a crowd I’ve never seen before and just seeing their reaction. I feel like that’s how you get better. Getting fresh fans and seeing how new people react to the music is always a great experience.
Looking back to where you started and to where you are now, what are the plans for music in the future?
Sean: One thing that’s for sure is that Nico and I love music. We’ve been doing this for a very long time, and we actually met and started our first bands together. It’s been a constant growth of us as people to being musicians to becoming songwriters to becoming say “lead men” of the band.
One thing I can say in terms of “message” is that we are really inspired and love ’60s rock and roll or anything from that era, and we’re kind of trying to do our own version of that throwback and that revival. It’s what we’re most comfortable with and what we love, and that’s how we started bonding as friends, vibing to bands such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and so on. That’s the flare that we’re bringing. We’re super excited about Lost in Magic City being on vinyl.