Mike Judy Presents
The Greenery, American Fangs, North To Alaska
3108 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO, 63103
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
Wilson is not a fucking "internet band". They’re five dudes in a van with beards and big dicks- working harder than your parents. But instead of giving their all as stockbrokers or auto-mechanics or assistant branch managers their job is to destroy your party. Forget debates about the music industry, about download analytics, mp3 singles, and the “charts”. Screw genres. All that has nothing to do with music. But when that Wilson van cruises into your town that shit is REAL. Real MUSIC. Real LIFE. Real LOUD. Real SWEATY. And real fucking FUN.
You know who is FUN? Matt Puhy defines fun. What’s more fun than a naught flirty blonde with washboard abs that knows how to handle his “stixxx”? That bangs it out harder every night than you did the first time you took E.
What about SWEATY? Yeah that’s right- Jason Spencer gets sweaty. That’s what happens when you treat a fret-board likes it’s a ninja war, and you relentlessly SHRED EVERYTHING IN YOUR PATH FOR AN HOUR. When the sweat drips all the way from his head down his well-muscled body down to his huge heavy balls- he’s just begun. Probably still warming up.
LOUD. Kyle Landry defies loud. His ice blue eyes are silent. He doesn’t small talk or “chit chat”. But when he could only get his amp to go to “11” he threw it in the fucking garbage. Then he built a new one out of raw iron, testosterone and grizzly bear semen. And all the unsaid things he hides behind those quiet blue eyes come out of that amp louder than Skrillex’s cries for help if his DJ hand got caught in a blender.
As for real MUSIC, James Lascu’s DNA coils into the shape of a bass clef. Don’t believe me? Ask a scientist, douche-bag or just get the wax out of your ears. Subwoofers tremble when he plugs in. Then he makes them sing like Maria Callas. #S&M Sadism and melody.
Real LIFE. Isn’t there a voice inside your head? That screams “BULLSHIT” all the time? That wants to tell the world how you feel? That voice is the CHAD NICEFIELD in you. The real life drilling its way to the surface. Telling the truths that you were afraid to. The moaning screams that you thought were all your own. Real words. Real thoughts. Real life. That’s all Chad knows. And he can see that all in you.
And that’s it. That’s Wilson. A band that has toured relentlessly since since 2010, through big cities and little podunks. A band that records its albums the ol’ fashioned way: with instruments. And analog gear. Fifth and sixth and twentieth takes. A band that brings that last Friday night on Earth mentality to the stage every night. Like P. Diddy once said “Can’t stop. Won’t stop.” And they’ll never quit on you. And that’s real talk. That’s #FUCKERY. And that’s WILSON.
Long Beach, CA-based miscreants, The Greenery. The band, whose brand of snotty, metallic hardcore punk rock has drawn comparisons to Every Time I Die, The Bronx, Discharge and the Stitches, are recorded their full-length debut at BuzzBomb Studio in Orange, CA now with Paul Minor (Terror, H2O, Death By Stereo); the band previously self released an EP.
American Fangs - This is not the story of a typical rock'n'roll band.
"In music, everybody wants to be part of something big," explains American Fangs frontman
Gabe Cavazos. "But sometimes we zig when others zag. We stick out like a sore thumb. And
that's ok. We create our own vibe."
That vibe — loud guitars, big hooks, punk rock attitude — has already won American Fangs a
fervent fanbase and a number of big-name (and wildly diverse) tours, ranging from Saul
Williams to the Deftones to Chevelle. And it's a vibe that's more than apparent on the band's
debut album, American Fangs, the first release under rock promoter/manager Bill McGathy's
new record label In De Goot Recordings.
Typical or not, that's a pretty strong start for any band, especially one hailing from the rather
atypical music Mecca of … Houston.
"It's not necessarily what people think of when they look for great music," admits Cavazos. "But
there's a lot of talent here."
At least enough talent to put together AF. "We all were in different groups, but we go together
because we realized we all had the same idea of what we wanted a band to be," says the
singer. "And that's grown into an amazing bond."
That idea was American Fangs, a name that struck a strong visual tone and, as Cavazos puts it,
exuded the right "who-gives-a-shit" attitude….something the band also brought to the stage.
"There was a lot more anarchy early on," Cavazos admits. "But it was exhausting, like musical
whiplash. In the end, we're a fan of songs. We want to share those, have people enjoy it, and
not necessarily have anything else overshadow the music."
One person who caught on early was Bill McGathy, a rock industry vet best known for his work
with Shinedown, Neon Trees, 3 Doors Down and Grammy-Award winning Halestorm. "He saw
us just as we started, and stuck by us from the get-go," says Cavazos. "Finally, one day he just
said, 'go record something. I wanna release this."
To capture the band's wild side on record, the band enlisted producer Mike Watts (As Tall as
Lions, The Dear Hunter, Brand New). "Mike's really cool," says Cavazos. "He saw us at a
showcase a long time back and he was the only person who came up and asked how we
thought we sounded. He saw our potential, but he doesn't spare us any feelings if we sound like
shit. So when it came time to do this record, we were like 'we want that guy."
The end result is an adrenalized blast of loud guitar rock, underlined with dynamic musicianship
and emotional honesty. First single "Pomona," named after "the goddess of fruitful abundance,"
is a revved-up radio anthem full of "whoa whoa whoa" chants. Meanwhile, other standouts like
"Riot Food" come off as cranked-up power pop, while "Apple of My Eye" recalls the best of 90s
But the band also shines during slower moments, like the ballad "Sorry" Says Cavazos: "That's
about the brief period of time when I was homeless as a kid. That song means a lot to me. Mike
pushed me to dig deep on that one."
With the record finished, the band is hitting the road with Hollywood Undead and Falling in
Reverse, and converting a whole new audience. "I'm psyched: people will see we've got an
energy when we play live," Cavazos says. "There's a rhythm there. You can tell we really
believe in what we're doing."
Just don't expect a typical rock'n'roll concert.
"That's true, though even I've had to tone it down a bit," says Cavazos, laughing. "I can't always
be in people's faces or climbing stuff during every song. But it's nice to go to a show and see
people cut loose, see girls having a blast. It's something that's been missing from music for a
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