Deaf Poets are an American garage/alternative rock duo formed in Miami Beach, FL. The band consists of Sean Wouters (Lead Vocals/Guitar) and Nico Espinosa (Vocals/Percussion). Their music is the embodiment of hard-hitting drums with distortion-soaked guitars.
Wouters' childhood influences, such as Jimmy Page and Kurt Cobain, led the duo to combine elements of 70s rock, with the aggressiveness of 80's punk, and an added aspect of 90s grunge to define their sound. The duo met in elementary school; and during their high school years, they went through a long process of musical experimentation, which ultimately led to the founding of Deaf Poets.
The duo cemented their place in the South Florida indie scene by performing at numerous music venues across the city such as, Churchill's, Bardot, Gramps and Grand Central ultimately earning the title, “Best Band of Miami” in 2014 as well as being apart of the, “20 Most Influential People of Miami” award in 2015, by The Miami New Times.
Their single, “Degenerate Mind”, from their debut album “4150” was selected to be a part of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 video game soundtrack and was also featured in Classic Rock Magazine's compilation CD in 2014.
Deaf Poets have become regulars at iiiPoints music festival, performing for four years in a row, alongside acts like Mac Demarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Diiv and Thievery Corporation. In 2015, Deaf Poets supported the indie dance duo, Matt and Kim, throughout their Florida tour dates. They have also shared the stage with Best Coast, The Naked and Famous, Andy Rourke, The Ettes, Pujol, Jennie Vee (Courtney Love and Eagles Of Death Metal), Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, The Peach Kings and The Psychedelic Furs.
"When these guys perform live, they create a wall of sound so massive that it's hard to believe they're only a two-piece." -- Guitar World
"Brimming with lush vocals and addictively warped instrumentals, the track packs it on heavy in the best way possible." -- Bandsintown
"Whether it’s the breakneck riffage of Dio-era Black Sabbath in Wouters’ fuzzed-out shredding, the Layne Staley-qualities to Wouters’ Voice, or the precise, monstrous drumming that sounds like Ozzy-era Sabbath in E.P.’s drumming, the classic rock aficionado can find plenty to love in this band." -- Atwood Magazine
"“Cigarette” has a good mix of Jesus & Mary Chain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and A Place To Bury Strangers all rolled into one pulsing dark track with some stand out guitar riffs." -- The Fire Note
"Deaf Poets, the Brooklyn band by way of Miami, brings an incredible mix of heavy old school rock (à la Black Sabbath) with a contemporary edge (à la Nirvana) that you can’t help but want to jam along with. It’s loud, it’s sweaty, and with two guys they somehow create a wall of sound that completely engulfs the listener." -- Jukely
"...the EP’s latest single “Cigarette,” features a moody and expansive alternating quiet, loud, quiet song structure centered around effortless time signature changes, tribal-influenced drumming and some impressive and forceful guitar pyrotechnics, revealing an ambitious band experimenting with both their sound and songwriting." -- The Joy of Violent Movement
"The guitar chords are wide and explosive — reaching beyond the confines of sonic space. The drums pierce through the mix with dynamic bliss." -- Sound Renaissance
"Brooklyn by Miami duo Sean Wouters and Nico E.P. provide a three part mammoth jam that has the attitude & electric cadences that you crave relentlessly." -- Impose Magazine
"This Brooklyn-via-Miami Beach duo rocks it out of the park just as you’d expect from a dead-pan, graphic novel of your life that you’d never had – but wanted." -- Come Here Floyd
"The new EP is a blend of alt-rock that features distorted guitars and thunderous drums to create a sound that is only their own." -- ThatMag