Dead Cross @ Marquee Theatre

Three bands and a (punk) baby

I dig Mike Patton’s work ethic. He’s been in like 100 bands, but people mainly know him from his work in Faith No More, since it’s the project that sold the most records, got air time on MTV and sounds radio-friendly (some of the time). But he never stopped making the rounds.

When I heard he was doing a hardcore punk thing Dave Lombardo from Slayer and a couple of maniacs from The Locust (a band known to perform in nothing but diapers and gas masks) and Retox (which rose from the ashes of The Locust), I was more than intrigued. I pre-ordered the album without even thinking about it. And, then, when I heard they were coming to Tempe, I bought tickets just as fast. Continue reading

Feels over reals

The gut-puncher theory of music

People are often surprised to learn that I love death metal. They shouldn’t be: when my average commute to work is 40 minutes, it’s 100 degrees at 8AM and I just got done listening to the Frozen soundtrack because I had to take my daughter to school (and that’s what she wanted to listen to), some face-melting metal is good for the soul.

It’s also good music. You feel it, deep down in your plums, in your clenched fists or your eyes, when you inexplicably get specks of dust lodged in both of them and no, damn it, I am not crying. Continue reading