Don’t let the name fool you; Miami Horror is anything but horrific. The Australian electro-pop band are musical risk takers, constantly questioning conventionalities and experimenting, a quality that lead-producer Benjamin Plant attributes to his love of “putting two people in a room that wouldn't normally work together and seeing what comes of it.”
The four-piece—Plant (production), Joshua Moriarty (vocals, guitar), Daniel Whitechurch (piano), and Kosta Theodosis (drums)—came to be in 2007, when Plant (who was also in film school at the time) began using the moniker to drop remixes online. Now, with two LPs and two EPs under their belt, the band has made waves on the Australian charts, and performed at festivals across the world, including Coachella and Electric Forest.
In June, the group released their latest single, “Restless”. Packing a punch with dreamlike funk guitars, light synths, and sultry vocals, the track blends into a chill, summertime staple. The new song is being described as their return to the more production-based sound of their earlier work.
Last week, Miami Horror announced their upcoming tour, which will be their first without Moriarty, who’s currently taking a break from touring. In his place will be vocalists Reva Devito and TC Milan, along with Queen Magic on guitar. The tour includes over 20 stops in cities including LA, Philly, and NYC.
We caught up with the band before tour gets underway to find out which songs they’ll be grooving to post-show. Check it out below, then track Miami Horror so you don’t miss them when they hit your city!
"Moon Safari, and in particular this song, started my obsession with synth generated spacey F and warm analog synths."
"Another classic by Jungle—Including this one in here because they’ve somehow managed to continue the disco, house and funk feels on this record without sounding dated."
"Been digging a lot of lo fi funk and soul the last few years. This is one of my favorites from last year."
"Some classic feel good 90s."
"Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas are two of the most underrated disco producers. They continue to fly under the radar in the US but this remix of theirs from a few years back is beautiful."
"I absolutely love this chorus, the harmonies and lushness. In some ways it feels ahead of its time. I first discovered this in high school when the Groove Finder remix came out."
"After the new Elton movie, it would be hard to not go back and admire his work with Bernie Taupin on lyrics. The chord movements, stories, and the drama are just not found in modern music."
"House classic that I love to listen to from time to time to remind me of where it all began."
"Another classic that I heard for the first time in a while today. I was blown away when I discovered this while in university. This is one of the first tracks to get be properly hooked on 80s bass."
"Not much to say on this one other than it will get you pumped up."