Alien Ant Farm, Powerflo, Fire From The Gods
10261 Technology Blvd E
Dallas, TX, 75220
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
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Nu-Metal (Modern Rock) band from San Diego, California (USA).
P.O.D. (fully known as ''Payable On Death'') was formed in 1992.
Guitar: Marcos Curial (1992-2003, 2006-present)
Bass : Mark "Traa" Daniels (1994-present)
Drums : Noah "Wuv" Bernardo Jr. (1992-present)
Vocals: Paul "Sonny" Sandoval (1992-present)
2003-2006: Jason Truby - guitar
1992-1993: Gabe Portillo - bass guitar
Alien Ant Farm
Since the formation of Alien Ant Farm in 1995, the quartet has enjoyed worldwide success. Over the course of their four studio albums, cumulative sales surpass five million units a Grammy nomination and 4 top 10 singles. The band built a massive following on the road early in their career via high profile 2001 runs with Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Warped, and as the headliner on an MTV presented Fall Tour. In 2002, fame spread across the world, bringing Alien Ant Farm to the major European festivals, Australia's Big Day Out and a headline run in Japan. The following year they returned to Europe with Metallica, and to this day the band has steadily delivered audiences in territories across the globe.
From the beginning, the clever humor of vocalist Dryden Mitchell and guitarist Terry Corso has delivered visual imagery that made the band vanguards in the realm of music video. All of the singles released received heavy rotation on MTV and MTV2, with "Smooth Criminal" was voted the #2 video of 2001 on MTV's countdown. They appeared on the channel's programs Celebrity Dismissed, MTV Cribbs, and hosted House of Style. Alongside the massive support from cable, Alien Ant Farm were darlings of broadcast television with multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and support from Carson Daly, Extra, CNN, Access Hollywood and Mad-TV amongst many more. With all the notoriety also came a 2001 Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2001.
The early history of the band began when the name came from a daydream Terry Corso had while employed at a day job. The concept revolves around the human species being cultivated by alien intelligence, and the colony forming much like it does in a traditional children's toy. In 1999, Alien Ant Farm self-released their debut titled Greatest Hits, which went on to win Best Independent Album at the L.A. Music Awards. In 2000, they signed to DreamWorks SKG, and went on to release Anthology. The following year, a cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" became a massive hit overseas, rising to #1 in Australia and New Zealand, and on the U.S. Modern Rock charts. It also rose to #3 in the U.K. To set the record straight on the inspiration behind choosing this song amongst the millions of copyrights, Corso shares, "When we were a young local band in SoCal, we'd play a different cover song by a different artist every show we would do. Wild unexpected stuff and sometimes not even songs we were that into. Just whatever was going on around us on the radio or whatever fit in with our inside jokes at that minute, from Ileah to Gary Glitter to The Police, we had a lot of fun with it. One week we had been throwing the idea of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" around the jam room, I believe someone had just watched Moonwalker again. The very next show we played, we hadn't learned the whole song yet but decided to klunk the main riff out for fun, the crowd loved it and went a little crazy. After that we learned the entire song and super charged it. The rest is pretty much history." To this day, the cover is a crowd pleaser. This past October 8th, the band was asked to appear alongside Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson Family at the Michael Jackson Forever Tribute Concert in Cardiff, Wales.
In 2003, the Alien Ant Farm entered the studio with Stone Temple Pilots' Robert and Dean DeLeo and cut Truant. Unfortunately, they ran in to unforeseen adversity with the closure of their record label, offering an insurmountable obstacle to continue building on the band's successes. Still under contract to Universal, Geffen green-lit the opportunity for Alien Ant Farm to return to the studio. In 2005, they recorded with Jim Wirt, but that album was not released as scheduled. Alien Ant Farm chose to share it with with fans via a bootlegged version, which has affectionately been re-named 3rd Draft by the public. Looking back on the adversity the band went through, alongside the massive fame Mitchell reflects, "This Alien Ant Farm 'Wave' is a bigger, longer wave than I could have hoped for. All these years later, we are still intact. From friends to foes to friends again, this band is something special, and nothing short of tight and explosive."
The next year in 2006 Up In The Attic was issued, and for the next several years the members went their separate ways reconvening in 2009 for performances in Kansas City, the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, UK and at the WARPED Tour in memory of Michael Jackson. They were back, and come 2010 began to rebuild a legacy that grows with each passing month. The band staged a very successful tour over the Summer and Fall, where they road tested new material in front of the live audience. In the New Year, they'll release the new recordings. Mitchell shares, "The First batch of these new songs are pretty to the point and pissed. Angry, but not negative. That is possible in this non tangible, musical and lyrical world. Unfortunately not possible in the real world, and that's why I love music. I can get this all out without hurting anyone."
Come 2014 Alien Ant Farm are back, and the path for the future will unfold one day at a time. As their career approaches two decades, Dryden offers, “Its hard to believe we have been doing this as long as we have, I don’t think any of us thought when we started out that our career would go onto do what it has, or that we would face some of the hurdles and losses that we have but here we stand ready to give our fans and the world another piece of Alien Ant Farm, we honestly have the best fans in the business, not only have they stuck with us through all of the personal up’s and down’s but they have never given up on our music and how we create and deliver what we feel is real and pure. We are ready to head down this path again and could not be happier with our new partners at The End Records, there’s nothing like having a team of believers around you that support your visions.”
Distilling hip-hop, heavy metal, punk, and rock into a potent sonic strain, POWERFLO lives up to its name. The vision of GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Cypress Hill spitter Sen Dog, downset. guitarist Rogelio “Roy” Lozano, Biohazard vocalist and guitarist Billy Graziadei, Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, and Worst drummer Fernando Schaefer, the band draws on this powerhouse pedigree to collectively smash boundaries with the 2017 full-length debut, Powerflo [New Damage Records].
That moniker couldn’t be more appropriate.
“When Roy and I started jamming, he would call my rap style to heavy music POWERFLO,” exclaims Sen. “We were trying to incorporate everything that inspired us. In the process, we came across a sound we love.”
“POWERFLO is a word that describes the style,” Roy continues. “It’s when you’re spitting verses over something super heavy. It’s the only way to say it.”
Sen can actually trace the band’s genesis back 25 years ago. In 1992, Cypress Hill were on the second Lollapalooza festival, sharing a legendary bill with numerous rock luminaries and gaining inspiration along the way.
“I was watching Soundgarden on the side of the stage one day, and I thought, ‘I can do this shit!’,” he recalls. “I just had this feeling. Heavy metal touched me as a kid, but it wasn’t easily accessible. Our parents couldn’t afford to get us guitars and drums, so we rapped. All we needed was a pen, a pad of paper, and a cheap microphone. Getting older, traveling the world, and hearing a lot of music, I realized I’m much more of a metal head than anything else. Knowing this, the guys wrote music that would fuel me.”
“Sen’s musical history has been in my record collection since Cypress Hill started,” exclaims Billy. “I had no idea how much of a metal fan he was until we started working on POWERFLO, which rocks!!”
Over the years, the members of POWERFLO would collaborate on numerous occasions. In addition to both Cypress Hill and Biohazard appearing on the landmark platinum-selling Judgment Night Soundtrack, Sen delivered a classic cameo on Biohazard’s seminal State of the World Address during 1993, while Christian both guested on Cypress Hill’s chart-topping 2000 double-album Skull & Bones, which Roy also guested on, and 2001’s Stone Raiders in addition to performing with the group countless times. In 2015, longtime friend Roy played demos for Sen on a ride to the airport, and the music immediately spoke to the rapper.
“When I got home, I went in the studio with the intention of just doing a song, but it came out so good that we kept writing,” Sen goes on.
Sen and Roy began reaching out to friends, and the band took shape with the addition of Christian, Billy, and Brazilian drum virtuoso Fernando. Throughout 2016, they recorded what would become their first offering in Los Angeles.
“We have a really great vibe due to the nature of our friendships and how far they go back,” Sen says. “Instantly, it just clicked. We have a mutual respect as far as what we do. Everyone was eager and believed in the idea. We’re all about the team and want to see each other succeed.”
“It’s an honor to play with all of these guys,” agrees Fernando. “It’s a dream team.”
“There’s no fear, expectations or any strings holding us back as a band,” adds Billy. “Everyone is down for doing something different. The energy and passion is top level!”
“The first single ’Where I Stay’ is about the area of Los Angeles that I grew up in.” Sen explains, “It speaks of the mentality that it takes to survive and persistence it takes to be your own person in a city of so many people. The music bed for this song is a mix of metal, punk and thrash riffs with a pounding drum attack perfect for dropping some aggressive vocals. The tempo changes right at the perfect moments. I expect this song to get a way cool re action when played live it encompasses my love of heavy music from beginning to end.”
Meanwhile, “Finish The Game” builds off a line from the eighties classic Young Guns before delivering a “Mike Tyson punch,” as Sen likes to call it. The heavy and hypnotic “Victim of Circumstance” weaves together a cinematic narrative of life on the streets, and “Up and Out of Me,” the first song the boys recorded, unleashes a focused fire. “Resistance” begins as a slow burn before snapping into a militant chant, and “Less than a Human” trudges ahead on a potent and punishing groove as Sen screams, “Shut that shit down!” Airy siren-style guitars resound on “The Grind,” which serves as something of a call-to-arms.
“We dropped a lyric video for Resistance first since it basically sums up how we all roll. Living life on our terms, our lives, our way! Rising up against any force that stands against us”, says Billy.
“We all like to write riffs,” grins Christian. “We didn’t treat Sen like he was an MC; we treated him like a metal singer. I always knew he liked heavy shit. It came naturally for him to write over heavier music.”
“These guys brought something different out of me,” Sen smiles. “It was only a matter of time for that to happen.”
Now, POWERFLO represents a pronounced evolution for not only its members but heavy music at large.
“At the end of the day, we’re all family and friends,” concludes Christian. “When you put all us together, it’s a killer recipe. We all have history, and it’s a new thing. It was just fun to do.”
“We’re here to make honest music,” Sen leaves off. “It’s not about pleasing anybody or conforming to anything. We’re creating from a pure place. We worked our asses off. It’s not a one-time thing. It’s just the first POWERFLO album. There’s much more to come.”
Fire From The Gods
Heavy music deserves a heavier message.
That’s what Fire From The Gods deliver on their Rise Records debut, Narrative.
Speaking from a platform cast in heavy metal power, hip-hop consciousness, and even a little reggae spirit, the Austin, TX quintet—AJ Channer [vocals], Jameson Teat [guitar], Drew Walker [guitar], Bonner Baker [bass], and Richard Wicander [drums]—urge for change through conveying a story that’s both personal and universal.
That story stems directly from AJ’s life. Born in the Bronx to a single mother of Jamaican descent, he spent his childhood moving between London, New York City, Los Angeles, Norfolk, and even Ghana where he attended middle school. Drawing from this diverse experience, he speaks with unmitigated honesty about the state of the world.
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