Whether or not on a file participant or onstage, the Miami-based band opens the door inside every of us that holds again each our darkish facet and a deep yearning for bodily enjoyable. Donzii provides audiences an emotional expertise that displays our inside life as we trudge by way of disaster after disaster, however with dancing, music, and a few critical sexual vitality. Its potential to faucet into these emotions landed it on the indie label Gray Market Information and in prime spots at music festivals like III Factors, Okeechobee Music & Arts Pageant, and South by Southwest.
Entrance-person, efficiency artist, and activist Jenna Balfe makes use of intelligent, typically humorous lyrics, fabulous fashions, and her genuine dynamism to attract in crowds. In the meantime, the band creates a fascinating ambiance, with Balfe’s husband, Dennis Fuller, on bass and drums, Danny Heinze on guitar, and Violet de la Guardia and Mauricio Abascal on keys and backup vocals.
Neighborhood is an enormous a part of what makes Donzii greater than a band. Buddies are sometimes essential to the band’s performances and movies, sharing concepts and contributing choreography, dance, units, costumes, and physique portray.
“Having folks be a part of the Donzii narrative, folks that I care about, or folks that I meet by way of the expertise of this undertaking, creating that neighborhood, makes the music alive and palpable for me,” Balfe says. “It turns into this particular universe that I am feeling and seeing and interacting with.”
The band’s music may be very a lot a mirrored image of the Miami surroundings — the glittering Magic Metropolis that is additionally a slowly sinking goal of local weather change-fueled superstorms.
“Rising up right here, it is this stunning place, and there is refined, stunning nature,” Balfe provides, “however there’s one thing that may actually pull you in, one thing magical, swampy, and really grounded.”
Balfe remembers commonly operating away from house when she was youthful and being part of this “darkish thriller, these timber, the swamp, the air, the bizarre dilapidated buildings.” The extra sinister facet of the tropical city and the threats of local weather change, she believes, “places us all on this default aggression.” And all of that’s represented in Donzii’s songs.
The dive can be profound for Fuller, a classically skilled percussionist, and movie scorer.
“I really feel like our music is anti-development,” he says. “It is about, in essentially the most reactionary sense, the constructing and building and including shit on high of shit.” And that is mirrored within the choice to conflict with classical musical constructions. “Thematically and empirically, we’re extra dissonant, and the music enhances that sentiment of anti-development.” They use audio results you may hear in Halloween music to invoke the sensation: “Why do I really feel overestimated however unsettled on the similar time?” Fuller says. “And that is the type of world we reside in.”
However it’s not all critical. The music is “additionally infused with some factor of pleasure. That is type of the place my melodies sit on this construction. We love taking part in with that,” Balfe explains. Her phrases, tone, and facial expressions spotlight the comedic irony of those occasions and this metropolis. “Sure, there’s a variety of tragedy and ache that I personally as an activist work to vary, however there needs to be some extent for my very own psychological well being that I snigger.”
Donzii simply launched its newest single, “Grave.” It is Balfe’s favourite music from the band’s upcoming debut album, Fishbowl, set for launch on December 1. Fuller says the album, written and recorded in 2020 in San Francisco with Tender Kill bassist Shaun Durkan, has a extra complicated sound than earlier releases. “A whole lot of the stuff we have executed has been actually stripped down, post-punk stuff, Fuller explains. “This one has synthesizers and a few strings.”
Balfe says Fishbowl is “like a spread pack of musical kinds. It is such as you went to the shop and stated, ‘I need considered one of each style you might have at Spec’s’ or no matter. We have been feeling actually rebellious.” That blend of kinds was executed purposefully. “It simply frustrates me to really feel like I’ve to be a model,” she laments. “The frustration of ‘I’ve to be a marketable factor.’ The algorithm for the market economic system. Having all of those totally different genres and kinds is like, ‘Do not pin me down!’ Take a look at who I’m wholly; take a look at this whole undertaking; take a look at all of those folks. It isn’t about promoting this factor; it is about experiencing this factor and opening your thoughts past having a closet of 12 constant items by all the best designers. We’re larger than this.”
Fuller agrees: “You go to a developed neighborhood, and each eff’ing home is similar factor. This album is like going by way of one million totally different neighborhoods.”
Haunted Home Occasion Livestream. With Donzii, Mixx Piggy, Angelfire, Nicholas G. Padilla, Membership Amnesia, Stranger Cat. 10 p.m. Friday, October 28, by way of instagram.com/_donzii.