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Local Spotlight: Askultura

September 14th, 2011 -


Jennifer Pierre, singer & kazoo
Mathieu Bernard, bass
Sergio Gato, guitar
Johnny Colorado, drums
Jason Rodriguez, percussion
Eddie Gonzalez, trombone & trumpet
Andrew Chisena, guitar & singing

What’s the origin of your band name?

Andrew: “ascolta la cultura” in  Italian means listen to culture
There are other interpretations, but we’re not a metal band from Brazil with similar name.

Jason: We are a diverse group of individuals from all sorts of ethnic, musical and social backgrounds.

Tell us the brief history of your band.

Andrew: We’ve been around for two years. It took a while, and a lot of members to find the right crew. Sergio is the latest addition, back from the old days of Bad Emma. Some of us work hard, others freeload but it all works out cause we play our shows, get our recordings done, and speak our minds.

Jason: It just happened! I still don’t know how!

How do you describe your music to people?

Andrew: I just tell people, “Yeah, it’s fun.” That seems to cover my emotion as far as I’m willing to go. Genre-wise it’s based in punk ethos and sound, & throw in ska, reggae, klezmer, Italian, gypsy inspired melodies, Cuban roots, gypsy thumb string work, and country.

Matt: Manu Chao + a bottle of jack… somewhat rowdier.

There’s a tremendous amount of energy on stage during your live shows, explain to someone who has never seen you live what to expect musically and visually.

Andrew: The energy comes from the crowd. It’s a physics and chemistry thing. When it’s right then you have a relentless machine of a show.

What’s your favorite song to play live?

Andrew: Usually the newest one, whatever that might be.

Matt: “305″- I think that song describe us and our sound the best.

Jason: “Gutter Queen,” because it shows all of our different styles in one song. It goes from punk,reggae, ska, to Latin funk jam.

Where is your favorite venue to play in South Florida

Andrew: Churchill’s Pub

Matt: Churchill’ s Pub because that’s where the punks are. Also, Culture Room because of their stage and sound.

Jason: Churchill’s Pub is like home, but Culture was an amazing experience. Hundreds of kids circle pitting to our music.

Finish this sentence. Support local music because ___________.

Andrew: …if you don’t then it’s all going to come from one place of shit with no heart, no ties to local lore, no nothing. you’ll be sad when then happens. It’s like Eugene (from Gogol Bordello) says “think locally, fuck globally.” sage words.

Matt: …I need to pay my rent.

Jason …it’s real

Upcoming Shows

9/16 Churchill’s Pub

9/24 Monterey Club

9/30 Rackem Billards

10/8 Monterey Club






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