Anthony Ferreira gets in touch with his inner disco
AUDACIOUS: Ferreira in Spanish Dancer mode.
After debuting two years ago, Honeyhander made an immediate impact on the Providence rock scene with its dizzy brew of psychedelia and indie shoegazer. Frontman Anthony Ferreira served up powerful melodies and instantly represented tons of potential. But then disaster struck. Before they even gave themselves a chance to succeed, Honeyhander burst like a fat bug on a windshield. They didn’t even get their initial full-length out before all hell broke loose. Though we’re not sure what happened (and Ferreira isn’t forthcoming about it), at a CMJ show he appeared solo and explained that his band had been “killed in a freak gasoline fight accident.”
Well, after the smoke of that incident settled, Ferreira stood alone. But rather than reinvent the ill-fated Honeyhander, he redefined himself — not just his band, but his entire MO. Ferreira, 24, became Spanish Dancer, a greasy, disco-fied duck: Public Image Ltd. meets George Michael with a smattering of Superfly-era Curtis Mayfield . . . Or Marc Bolan as seen through the eyes of Robbie Williams. Indeed, his latest four-song EP as Spanish Dancer is a long way from the deep, dark indie rock of his past.
In fact, Spanish Dancer might be closer to who Ferreira really is. Born to an Italian mom and Dominican dad, both immigrants, he spent most of his life commuting between Miami and Providence. His first band, Trillion Barnacle Lapse, formed while he was still in high school, made an immediate impact, and proved that the frontman had celebrity blood coursing through his veins. Ferreira has freaked audiences out with his glittery audacity and brazen hodgepodge of dance chaos, go-go boots, and gold necklaces.
Late last year, after the dissolution of Honeyhander, Ferreira journeyed to NYC to see what he could find. What he found was himself, an unveiling of a disco boy buried beneath a hard indie-rocker shell. He introduced his new self and stole shows covering R. Kelly and filtering Madonna through a Suicide kaleidoscope. Spanish Dancer returned to Providence with new ideas and an executive producer, Tio Abbot, willing to preside over a self-released unofficial bootleg EP, Break Bread, Move Grams, Keep It Basic (Bermuda Triangle). Then Ferreira quickly hooked up with Nebraska madman the Show Is the Rainbow for a tour. A single, “Hustler,” will follow soon. Previewed on MySpace, the song reveals a dance-rock juggernaut coming out on glorious gold vinyl. Also in the works down the line is an expanded version of Break Bread, a full-length genre-bending groove machine based on the greatness of “Hustler.” We already have our chains picked out for the party.
Spanish Dancer + Marnie Stern + Barr + Misty Roses + Paperrad | March 23 | AS220, 115 Empire St, Providence | 401.831.9327
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