Student band Peyote Coyote hosts EP release show

With the support of local bands, commercial music students threw an off-campus release party to promote their first album.


Peyote Coyote perform during their EP release party at Vintage Tap in Delray Beach Saturday. Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor


bove the door of a small blue building on Atlantic Avenue hangs a sign that reads: “Vintage Tap Juke Joint.” On it is a sticker: “The best damn joint on the Ave.”

On Saturday, April 30, Florida Atlantic commercial music students’ band Peyote Coyote released their self-titled EP and hosted a concert at Vintage Tap in downtown Delray Beach. They recorded the album in their living room last semester between August and December, according to the band’s frontman Ryan Huseman.

Ryan McCauly of Smith Sundy plays the drums during the final set of the night. Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor
Ryan McCauly of Smith Sundy plays the drums during the final set of the night. Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor

Describing themselves as “psychedelic garage bop,” according to their Facebook, the three-piece band is made up of Huseman, drummer Carissa Giard and bass player Jake Stuart.

Three other bands played in support of the EP release: Great Aunts, Similar Prisoners and Smith Sundy. According to Huseman, each supporting band has done a video with The Infinite Channel — a music collective started by Peyote Coyote and other local groups to provide a platform for South Florida bands “to present and preserve real music,” according to its YouTube channel.

“It’s a bunch of friends who play music in different projects,” said the senior commercial music major, who’s also the lead vocalist and guitarist of Peyote Coyote. “We needed something to house all our projects to put names to all the faces.”

Huseman said he wants his lyrics to be open to interpretation. The songs are inspired by people they know and what he claimed is “just all around living.”

Similar Prisoners performed during the second set of the night. Photo by Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor
Similar Prisoners performed during the second set of the night. Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor

“I wrote the record about my dad and people who are close to me,” Huseman said. “It’s abstract in a way, it’s all about my life I guess.”

Smith Sundy, the band following Peyote Coyote’s set, featured guitarist Rawlin Zybach, keyboardist Michael Basso and drummer Ryan McCauly. The majority of their songs were instrumental, but on occasion, Basso and Zybach sang along.

“We do instrumental music mainly because we’re terrible singers,” Basso said, laughing. “We do write lyrics and try to add vocals, but I’ve noticed the more I sing the less I can play keyboard.”

“We’ve been friends with Ryan and other Peyote members,” said Basso while dissembling his equipment at the end of their set. “We’ve recorded and played shows with them, we’re all one big family with The Infinite Channel.”

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Jake Stuart looks into the crowd while performing with Peyote Coyote Sunday night. Ryan Lynch | Multimedia Editor

Nathaniel Spiner, a commercial music alumnus, came to The Vintage Tap to see Peyote Coyote play. “Dude, Peyote is sick, they’re a great band. Ryan from Peyote just recorded slide guitar on my band Del Pelson’s new track ‘Hold Me.’”

Huseman said, “We’re all friends, we love these guys.”

“We picked Vintage Tap for the party, because the owner Ryan O’Riordan has been so nice to us and has let us play here a few times. He’s all about original music.”

He added: “The dynamic we struck up with the three of us really works, We’ve thought of adding extra instruments … but if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, if we can be creative with three people we’ll keep doing it.”

Peyote Coyote drummer Carissa Giard is a copy desk chief for the University Press.

Joe Pye is a staff writer for the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @Jpeg3189.