Haute Tension is a band from Miami, Florida that brings high energy to their live and studio performances. Formed by guitarist, Alexandre Merbouti and bassist, Monica McGivern, what began as a surf duo under the name Mo’Booty, has been shaped into something entirely new. Playing a genre-bending mix that ranges from smooth, dark, surf tones that could score a Quentin Tarantino film, escalating to hard hitting punk, this band believes in taking the listener on a sonic journey. Their music dances and entrances between Monica’s driving basslines and Alexandre’s deep baritone voice, only to hit you with a crushing wall of sound that dissipates just as quickly as it came. Haute Tension enjoys straying from the confines of the traditional venue setting adapting their performances to alternative spaces such as galleries, art museums, empty malls, and warehouses, often including homemade visuals to create an engaging experience to any audience. In the two short years as a band, they have been across the US and Europe playing venues large and small with the likes of Yonatan Gat, Thee Oh Sees, Kikagaku Moyo, Ezra Furman, Boytoy, The Nude Party, and L.A. Witch. They will be releasing their debut full length LP in August featuring local drummer Cody Mentelos, who recently won a city-wide drum competition, with Florida labels, Viva La Records (St Pete) and Sweat Records Records (Miami).
“It’s like Nick Cave hit the beach and decided to have a drink with Paul Walker and William S. Burroughs at a bar run by the grim reaper himself.” -Dennis Hudson, Sound Artist, Detroit, Michigan