1. All Aboard!

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Last weekend, a dozen of the hottest names in garage rock, including Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits (above), Ty Segall, Strange Boys, and Thee Oh Sees, headed down to Miami to board the 2,500-person Carnival Imagination cruise ship bound for the Bahamas. Over the next three days, the boat was thoroughly rocked -- at one point, the Lips' Jared Swilley even threw his bass overboard.

Some 400 concertgoers invaded the ship (along with some unsuspecting retirees) for the inaugural "Bruise Cruise." SPIN contributing photographer Ian Witlen was on board to capture all the action -- and he lived to tell the tale (and send us his pics).

"It was absolutely crazy," Witlen tells SPIN. "The alcohol flowed, the music was awesome, and by the end of the cruise everyone was family." Start the gallery to see more photos and read Witlen's account of the Bruise Cruise.

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2. All Aboard!

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Last weekend, a dozen of the hottest names in garage rock, including Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits (above), Ty Segall, Strange Boys, and Thee Oh Sees, headed down to Miami to board the 2,500-person Carnival Imagination cruise ship bound for the Bahamas. Over the next three days, the boat was thoroughly rocked -- at one point, the Lips' Jared Swilley even threw his bass overboard.

Some 400 concertgoers invaded the ship (along with some unsuspecting retirees) for the inaugural "Bruise Cruise." SPIN contributing photographer Ian Witlen was on board to capture all the action -- and he lived to tell the tale (and send us his pics).

"It was absolutely crazy," Witlen tells SPIN. "The alcohol flowed, the music was awesome, and by the end of the cruise everyone was family." Start the gallery to see more photos and read Witlen's account of the Bruise Cruise.

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3. Black Lips

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"The Bruise Cruise wasn't like every other festival," says Witlen. "You're not running back and forth to see five or six bands that are all playing at the same time. It was a laid back atmosphere with only one band playing at a time, so people were able to cut loose and relax."

(Above: Black Lips bassist Jared Swilley, right, and guitarist Ian St. Pe, left)

4. Vivian Girls

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"No one knew what to expect," explains Witlen. "We weren't sure if the bands were going to interact with the fans. But band members and fans hung out together, drank beers together, went swimming together. Everyone was in it together."

(Above: Vivian Girls pose with sun-deprived superfan)

5. Ty Segall

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"On Friday, the music started around 5 P.M., but on Saturday and Sunday, it started around noon, so fans got a full day or awesome live bands," says Witlen.

(Above: San Francisco garage rockers Ty Segall)

6. Pool Party

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"The party around the pool was non-stop," says Witlen. "Member of bands chatted with curious, non-Bruise Cruisers, and bands hung out and drank together. Later at night, it got wild. Wine bottles were thrown into the pool. I think a lot of people have a story about puking overboard or somewhere on the ship."

(Above: Members of Black Lips and Vivian Girls hang poolside)

7. Dance Off

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Bruise Cruisers competed in a late-night dance off. The prize? $100 cold hard cash.

8. Wet and Wild

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"On the boat there was tons of fun to be had," says Witlen. "Especially the water slides. A bunch of little kids were standing around with their parents watching the bands slide down."

(Above: Surfer Blood prepare for the water slides)

9. Thee Oh Sees

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"The last night became a huge drinkathon," says Witlen. "There was an open bar before Thee Oh Sees show. People were taking as many drinks as possible. It was a booze free-for-all and everyone was really drunk when the band went on."(Above: Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer)

10. Master of Ceremonies

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Ian Svenonius (pictured), a D.C. indie rock vet known for fronting Nation of Ulysses, the Make-Up, Weird War, and, most recently, Chain and the Gang, hosted the event in style.

11. Surfer Blood

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The Floridian alt-rockers perform on the Carnival Imagination.

12. Strange Boys

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The Austin, TX, garage rockers in action.

13. Jacuzzi Boys

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Miami's hottest new garage rockers -- and one of SPIN's faves -- rip it up on the Bruise Cruise.

14. I'm on a Boat!

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Yar! She's seaworthy! The Carnival Imagination back in port.