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REBEL

Miami, Florida, United States | SELF

Miami, Florida, United States | SELF
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"Get A Taste Of South Florida’s Local Rock Scene: REBEL"

Being in a band myself in my local area, you tend to run into a lot of bands that you get booked with these days. For many years before even joining a serious band I had been to a considerable amount of shows ranging from the days Nonpoint where merely just another band from Ft. Lauderdale. While years pass by you’ll see the rise and fall of many of your favorite bands out there. Some will have a totally changed sound that’s controlled by major record labels or some of them go back to paper pushing, car washing, or simply just unemployed. Now being in my 20s and being completely picky about the sound these bands these days have to offer us, I can’t always sit through an entire show and lie to myself about loving someone’s music. This is one thing I can’t say about today’s article representing the band REBEL... - AntiSTEEZ


"REBEL Invades Digital Love"

Back in June, REBEL headlined our official launch party Under The Hood with a raucous performance. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to witness the band’s kinetic live performances multiple times at various venues from Palm Beach to Dade (most recently their epic show at The Vagabond for their INTRCPTR EP release party). With a new energetic bassist, a commitment to playing shows all over South Florida, and the September release of their hook laden EP, this Miami rock trio seems to get better with every gig . After listening to a handful of their catch anthems (start with Stampede or Warning Sirens), it begs the question — how the hell are they not signed already.

Come watch one of South Florida’s best unsigned talents this Thursday at The Green Room in Revolution for the weekly indie music event Digital Love. As usual, no cover, $2 PBRs/$5 Jack Daniels shots, and 3 DJs spinning indie/electro/new wave. Stream some of their songs below or go to their website to stream the new EP in it’s entirety. - FTLCollective


"Local Guys Rebel Play Topnotch Brit Rock"

The best way to tell if a song's got what it takes to be a hit is to see how quickly and indelibly it sticks in your head. A song doesn't need that annoying kind of stickiness found in pre-fab pop but rather the kind that makes you hum after the song has stopped. And such is the case with the standout track by local guys Rebel. A driving, dizzying trip of a tune that brings to mind maybe Muse after a long night out in Madchester, "Stampede" is not generally the kinda song one equates with sing-alongs. Still, it's got a hook that just won't let go.
Of course, before a song can truly be all that, it's got to be heard by more than the faithful who frequent the six-odd rock clubs in our neck of the nation. And therein lies the rub with Rebel and some of our other finer local rock acts: They're geographically strapped to a town with little pity for guys and gals with guitars.

If Rebel had come up in Leeds or Sheffield or Liverpool or some other midsized Northern England city and they mustered enough moxie to hit London, they'd undoubtedly end up like the Kaiser Chiefs or Arctic Monkeys. But doing what they do in a city such as ours means they're almost delegated to a scene constantly in search of itself. And that, perhaps above all else, makes Rebel's perseverance something to be reckoned with.

Rebel traces its roots back to the Dominican Republic, home country of singer/guitarist/keyboardist Migue Fernandez and bassist Carlos Jorge. The year was '99, and Rebel was the toast of its high school party circuit. Upon graduation, both Fernandez and Jorge relocated to the States, but the band was put on the back burner so the two could pursue some more schooling.

After graduating from MIU, Fernandez got the urge to re-form Rebel, this time for real. Jorge was game, and the two set out seeking like-minded musicians to flesh out the sound they envisioned. A succession of players paraded through four months of auditions, and with the addition of Javier Morales on guitar and keyboards and Carlos Sanchez on drums, Rebel had what they thought was the perfect lineup. For two years, the unit held, and in 2007, the band booked time in Powerplant Studio and commenced to putting it all to tape.

The result was Televisible, a six-song set that begins with rock en español ("Criminal") and ends on meaty emo ("Devil in Me"). It's an admirable EP, but it shows a band still somewhat in search of a signature sound. Actually, it also hints at a group whose members may have been at odds with one another.

And thus, by the time Televisible hit stores, the foursome was no more. Still, they managed to gig in support of the release, with the help of drummer Enrique Larreal. But the lineup turmoil also meant that Fernandez was no longer free to roam about the stage as a singer and instead got saddled strumming guitar and kicking in the occasional keyboard sequence. That's hardly the most opportune position for someone so free-spirited.

Before long, Larreal too would leave and Rebel would enlist the talents of a drummer known simply as A.J., but not before Morales briefly rejoined the band. That lineup played one show, at Tobacco Road, and Morales quit yet again. Nobody was surprised.

"The trouble was brewing for some time," says Fernandez, and the addition of A.J. was the final straw. "I believe more in the chemistry than the talent," he says. "I don't consider myself particularly talented. It might sound a little corny to say so, but I knew right away that this was it."

Still, A.J. entertains the idea of adding a designated keyboard player, and Fernandez would still love to find a guitarist so he can concentrate on the vocals. "But until we get someone with the same kind of magic," Fernandez says, "Rebel stands as it is."

And Rebel seems to stand anywhere there's a stage. In just about any given week, the band's got at least one show somewhere, be it at Tobacco Road (where they particularly "dig the history") or Churchill's (where they've "played so many times the soundman has [them] down pat"). And, clichés be damned, it's onstage that Rebel truly springs to life.

Take the passion with which Rebel delivers the aforementioned "Stampede." Fernandez, who never let a guitar keep him from leaping off the kick drum, lets loose the roar of a chorus as if every backroom was the arena he's destined to play. Mop-topped and adamant, one can't help thinking that he and his mates could very well open for Oasis should the latter reform. Failing that, they'll surely tour with Doves in no time.

Jorge, who holds down the low end like some Latin John Entwistle, actually says he sees Rebel trading headlining slots with Kasabian. And the determination with which he pumps blood into an anthem leaves one no choice but to agree. Then there's A.J., new to the band but old of soul, pounding out the war cry as if the bandmates have played together their entire lives.

So head on out and hear for yourself what brews beneath the surface. There's real talent lurking about; all you've gotta do is seek and ye shall find. - New Times Broward-Palm Beach


Discography

Televisible EP (2007)

• Rise

INTRCPTR EP (2010)

• Stampede

• Warning Sirens

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Rebel is an alternative rock band from Miami, Florida that was formed in 2007. The band is currently comprised by guitarist and vocalist Micke Fedez, bassist Izzy Silva, and drummer AJ. They've released two ep albums - Televisible (2007) and INTRCPTR (2010).

Their debut ep "Televisible" was released in October 23, 2007, with then bassist Carlos Jorge. The EP was sold exclusively at all their shows and on iTunes receiving promising reviews and high praises for the band's future. The first single "Rise", which was written in the early stages of the the band's formation, went on to enjoy critical success in the local newspapers and internet blogs.

In 2009, the band traveled to New York and the Dominican Republic as part of their Televisble promo tour making their mission to expand their audience.

The band spent most of the early period of 2010 refining and composing new material to create what is now know as "INTRCPTR". The EP itself was unveiled on September 1, 2010. "Stampede" was released as the opening single, and also served for the the band's first promo video.

The future for Rebel will keep them occupied as they will indeed prepare to play in several areas around their native Florida; in addition to the Northeast trek planned for later this year. They plan to convey their energetic live shows throughout 2012 while finishing the new material.