Palomino Blond

Wed, Mar 20 at 8pm

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Carli Acosta – Guitar, Vocals
Peter Allen – Guitar, Bass, BG Vocals
Emma Arevalo – Drums, BG Vocals

Palomino Blond originated in 2018 and immediately developed a reputation as one of the hardest-
working bands in Florida, packing house shows and converted warehouses with only a handful of

demos to their name. From their humble beginnings in Kendall [a SW Miami suburb's] long tradition of
DIY all-ages shows to getting recognized by Iggy Pop as "one of Miami’s brightest lights," Palomino
Blond has consistently grown its audience through a music-first approach with raucous live shows and
an infectious, ever-evolving sound that is as inviting as it is intense in its mood shifts. The Miami New
Times called "Supergalore" from their 5-Song Demos EP a "propulsive bummer anthem, buoyed by
floating vocals and brutal riffs built in to three musical acts," also naming it one of the "Best Songs of
2018." The band's carefully crafted guitar-based songs sound as relevant now as they would have been
in the 90's, with roots in Grunge, Gothic Rock, Pop-Punk, and Shoegaze.
Early 2019 saw the release of the single and striking video for "Creature Natural" (Directed by
Michael Cuartas and Jonathan Cuartas – Director sof the 2020 Patrick Fugit-starring film, My
Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To), with the Miami New Times going as far to say that "Palomino
Blond is taking Miami by Storm," and calling it one of "The 20 Best Miami Songs of 2019." This
organically led to Southeast US supporting shows and tours with Black Lips, Laura Jane Grace,
MUNA, Of Montreal, Last Dinosaurs, Chastity Belt, Spirit of the Beehive, A Place to Bury Strangers,
The Casket Lottery, Born Ruffians, Unwed Sailor, Ceramic Animal, They Hate Change, Thelma and
the Sleaze, and Spendtime Palace, along with appearances at The Fest (18, 19 and 20), iii Points
(‘21,’22 & '23), Sing Out Loud [x2], Pulp Fest [x2], Fox Fest, New Colossus Festival, Springadelia,
Bumblefest, and MadSoul [x2] amongst others. The band’s fiery live shows regularly garner glowing
comparisons to such luminaries as The Smashing Pumpkins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth,
and The Breeders.
The coronavirus pandemic hit Florida in March 2020, just as the band’s 12" Split EP with Las Nubes
on BuFu Records was to be released. During the resulting quarantine, original members Raven Nieto
(bass) and Jake Karner (drums) exited the band, with close friends Peter Allen (Bass/Vocals) and
Acosta's cousin, Emma Arevalo (Drums/Vocals) now in the fold as permanent members and key
contributors. Summer 2021 saw the release of the forward-thinking, self-recorded and produced "Dead
Hand"/"Lo Siento" double-single, two radically different offerings to tide fans over until the release of
their debut 7-song Mini-LP, ontheinside, which was released on November 19th, 2021 by Palomino
Blond and Limited Fanfare (The Sh-Booms, Astronautalis, Ex Norwegian, Heavy Drag.) with Vinyl,
Cassette and CD arriving February 25st, 2022.
Recording of the album began in late 2019 with the lead single and fan-favorite, "Phoebe."
"...”Phoebe” was the first 'new song' we started playing live after we released our initial batch of
demos. It's a favorite of ours and has been in our set for over 2 years by this point, but wasn't finished
until 2021 due to the pandemic," says guitarist and vocalist Kyle Fink, (who wants everyone to know
that the song is NOT about indie songstress Phoebe Bridgers). ontheinside was Produced and Mixed
by Palomino Blond and Jonathan Nuñez (of Miami heavy legends Torche) and Mastered by Brad
Boatright (The Armed, WRONG, Stranger Things Soundtracks) at Audiosiege in Portland, OR.

Acosta points out about Nuñez, "Working with Jon [again] was cool because we got to play guitar
through his massive [Nuñez Amplification] amps on a lot of the tracks. He's definitely just as focused
as we were on achieving that loud, bass-that-shakes-your-rear-view-mirror type of sound." Other
standout tunes on oti include "Stone," which was mixed by Grammy-nominated
Producer/Engineer/Editor Alan Armitage (Ginuwine, Boyz II Men, N'Sync.) Carli notes that "Stone
came together in the studio for the most part. It had a post-punk feel at rehearsals, and then it evolved
into this big blossoming neo-psych vibe in the studio. It even feels a little country at some points." The
dark and building "Lovely," "Is almost through-composed, with very few repeating melodies save for
the reprise of the first verse at the end. To me, it’s like our Bohemian Rhapsody if Bohemian Rhapsody
were 3 minutes long." For the title track, "ontheinside" is the result of the bandmates trusting each
other’s judgment and building on each other’s ideas. Carli re-worked a demo that Kyle wrote and added
a new structure and lyrics. Emmy built their drum tracks on the fly during the session, with Peter
helping to layer the drums and synths, which resulted in a propulsive and hypnotic sound that anchors
the album and exceeded all of the band members’ expectations.
The band self-released the heavy-building 5 1⁄2 minute“Machine” digitally on June 16th, 2023. It was
was again Produced by the band and Jonathan Nuñez and Mixed by veteran Engineer/Producer Steve
Evetts (The Cure, Poison The Well, Saves The Day) and Mastered by Dan Coutant (Jawbox, The
Sword, A Giant Dog).
Palomino Blond recently signed to the Brooklyn, NY-based independent label Kanine Records (Surfer
Blood, Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, Hockey Dad) and will release their 2nd LP in early Summer 2024.

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