Media in Jacksonville and Florida in general are a sleepy bunch, especially when it comes to the arts. One major accomplishment has apparently escaped media attention. Jacksonville Beach recording group The Gunboat Diplomats’ song “Crazy About You” is included in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Glass. I had to laugh after an email exchange with one of the Diplomats because he shared that news with me as an afterthought.
I’m a sucker for lyrics, courtesy of my being a sucker for poetry. That’s one reason, I guess, the latest recording from Gunboat Diplomats, “Original Sin”, is still stuck in my head. GD, as I wrote in an earlier article, aren’t your typical gig group. They focus on recording, although members of the group do gigs on their own. When I tag one of them, it’s always first name ‘Gunboat’ followed by the musician’s real last name. “Original Sin” is part of their forthcoming album Manifest Destiny. You’re probably wondering why their latest lyrics stuck in my head.
Most musicians rely on gigs to survive a tough market, but one band is charting a different path in order to get their music out. The Gunboat Diplomats band based in Jacksonville Beach, FL, has embraced the tech model, foregoing gigging to focus solely on recording. Targeting radio stations at home and abroad, the band is made up of individuals who, according to spokesperson ‘Gunboat Smith’, “met through the music” and ended up becoming friends. An air of mystery surrounds the band, complete with retro graphics and a name suggesting the group is determined to break the hold prefab pop