Bero Bero and Street Clothes reunited at the Wormhole
There are people who understand things like what a Roland Juno 6 and a Korg digital delay are, and there are people who understand what good dance music sounds like. I am the latter.
When we learned that Street Clothes and Bero Bero were coming back together for a full reunion show, we had to tell you all about it. I turned to the people who started it all to talk about the upcoming gig and how one band became two.
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“In 2014 I responded to an ad on Craigslist. Andy’s post on Craigslist said he was looking for a keyboardist and I met the band for an audition. I was brand new to Savannah at the time. and I was looking for musicians to play with,” said Veronica Garcia-Melendez of Bero Bero.
“We went through a bunch of songs and then headed to the open mic, like it was routine. Street Clothes was formed in 2014, and after the band practiced on Monday nights, we would go to The Wormhole to play the original songs on the open mic. So the first time I got on stage in Savannah was with Andy at The Wormhole – the very first night I met him. David joined the band a few months later and the three of us became the core of Street Clothes for a while. We played The Wormhole a lot when the band started. That’s why we call it a “Reunion Show” because we are back to where we all started in Savannah, playing together and being friends, after moving here from different places.
“I am thrilled to perform with Bero Bero for the very first time – an event that has been in the works for three years,” added Andy Sutphen of Street Clothes.
As with many musical groups, members and lineups are a constant stream of change, especially in Savannah. Members within a group will leave to create new works and new projects and this was the case with Street Clothes.
“David and I parted ways with Street Clothes in 2018 to focus on Bero Bero,” Garcia-Melendez said. “There may have been a bit of drama at one point, but what can you expect from a group of musicians – we have so many emotions. Everything is copacetic now and this is the first time that we we’ve all shared the stage for years.”
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“Which makes everything sweeter because now we have three pretty incredible bands at the top of their live game performing that night. If you want to dance your butt to 80s-inspired synth-pop, this will be the show,” Sutphen added. “I’m expecting a lot of dancing, especially when Nicholas Mallis and his band join us that night on stage. Nicholas Mallis is always an amazing sight. We are in good company for this concert.
Garcia adds: “We are delighted to have Nicholas Mallis and his group from Athens to fill the bill. His music is indie pop with 70s glam elements, Bowie meets B-52.
“Mallis’ stage persona is super fun to watch – he rips the guitar, sings and dances with extreme focus, all while finding ways to make you laugh with goofy stunts between songs.”
“I’m also excited to share some of the new unreleased songs from Street Clothes. To play them live for the very first time,” Sutphen added.
Street Clothes’ new song, “Only Lovers,” got a few staffers’ heads bobbing as they worked.
“Without sounding too mushy, I wrote ‘Only Lovers’ for my girlfriend, Lydia. I didn’t even intend for him to do our next album, but of course now it will most likely be our first single. It’s a pure love song. It’s about wanting to have kids with someone even if you think it’s a crazy thing to do considering how messed up the world is. is about letting love and emotions take over you beyond your best judgment.And of course it’s a Street Clothes song so we tried to make it as danceable as possible.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO
What: Street Clothes and Bero Bero with special guest Nicholas Mallis
When: Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.