The Roxy Theatre Presents
Free Music Wednesday Feat. Before The Mourning Benefit Show
Conflict Of Interest, Vattica, EnRot, The Dark DJs
9009 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA, 90069
Watch & Listen
Before the Mourning
Before The Mourning signals a new dawn for heavy music. On its debut EP, Remembrance, the Los Angeles quartet—Adam Ryan [Vocals], Johnny Death (JD) [Guitar], Nikki Stringfield [Guitar], and Phil Gonyea [Drums]—siphons infectious, invasive melodies through destructive modern thrash. It's a corrosive concoction that's as catchy as it is deadly, and you'll remember it for a long time to come...
The group's genesis traces back to a longstanding friendship between the members. They've all been around the block in the close-knit Hollywood scene. Ryan and JD were in The Kill Corps, signed to Virgin Records, and Gonyea founded the fan favorite Instinct of Aggression. Naturally, they'd gigged together countless times, and there was a mutual respect in place. However, in December 2011, Gonyea approached JD about jamming for the hell of it. The sessions proved instantly explosive and the decision was made to go all out. After contacting Ryan about singing the trio
created their first track "Dismember" after meeting Stringfield at NAMM a month later, Before The Mourning was born, releasing "Remembrance" for free via Facebook in August 2012.
Merging the singer's honest lyrical approach with intricate technical metal, they carved out a niche of their own quickly. "This is breakup music for tough guys," jests JD. "Seriously, each word Adam says is true. There's nothing fake about it. It's personal and emotional, but it's also heavy." That's loud and clear on the first single "Dead To You". A chugging riff pummels in tandem with a tight groove as Ryan slips from a near whisper into an abrasive scream. About the song, JD explains, "It's about a relationship that can't work no matter how hard you try. Sometimes,
you have to let things be. Even though you want it to come together, it never will."
Aside from the vitriolic breakup anthem, the title track "Before The Mourning" boasts an uplifting plea, looking at loss from the other side of the coin. Tying into the band's name, the song stands emblematic of their dynamics. "We want to convey a positive message too. Remember what life was like before you lost someone? You have to enjoy those experiences and cherish them. That shit can really tear people up. We've all lost somebody, we don't want to focus on the fact they're gone. We want to focus on the good times, that's the double entendre within the band name."
That duality doesn't only permeate the band's sound, but the performances as well. In previous bands, they've shared the stage with everyone from Snot and DevilDriver to Trivium and Taking Dawn. As a result, their live show is a beast of its own. Ultimately, it's about a release for Before The Mourning and anyone who listens. "I could go to any metal show and have some guy scream at me about how pissed he is at the world," concludes JD. "The world is what you make it. We want people to have fun and release some of that tension because we do the same thing."
Conflict Of Interest
oin the conflict – Conflict of Interest, a Las Vegas-based hard rock/metal band, performs loudly, with passion for each audience. That musical passion led to COI’s winning the 2009 Diablo’s Cantina Rock the Roof battle of the bands’ $10,000 first prize. More importantly, that passion gave COI the opportunity to produce their second album, “The Takeover EP” produced by Boston’s David Adam Monroe and released in October 2010.
Members of COI began performing together in Las Vegas in 2003, continuing to build a steady fan base locally through live performances, and internationally through You-Tube. A self-titled debut album was released in June 2009 and COI has been featured in publications such as The Las Vegas City Life, Las Vegas Weekly, Vegas Seven, Modern Guitarist, Vegas Rocks, and Racer X illustrated. COI has also shared the stage with national acts including: Marilyn Manson,
Rob Zombie, Adelita's Way, Adema, Smile Empty Soul, In this Moment, Escape the Fate, The Exies, The Dreaming, The Genitortures, Snot, Hed pe, The Sick Puppies, Steel Panther, and Drowning Pool.
Erupting onto the L.A. rock scene in the Fall of 2012, VATTICA is a progressive and hard-hitting trio of organic indie-alternative rock. Infusing a fresh and unique sound into a widely accepted & sustainable genre of music, this powerful triumvirate instills a transcendent illumination of rock – incorporating striking and hook-driven guitar riffs, memorable vocal melodies and a commanding rhythm section of dynamic variety and complexity, solidifying the band as a dominant and arresting force.
Vattica is Alexander Millar (lead vocals / guitar), Joey Jane (bass, backing vocals) and Prentice Daggs (drums / percussion, backing vocals). Vattica’s debut EP, “The Assayer”, was recorded by Fred Archumbault (Avenged Sevenfold, Lost Prophets, Get Scared) and produced by Gus Cryns (Panic! At the Disco, Escape The Fate, Foxy Shazam, Dead Rabbits, The Academy Is) and was released worldwide in May 2012.
Vattica unrelentingly pushes themselves in a true DIY model, tackling all aspects of a calculated and aggressive working band – having entirely self-generated their emergent success. In addition to independently distributing the debut EP, “The Assayer”, Vattica maximizes all aspects of multi-media marketing, which includes adopting a cinematic element of ongoing promotional content and music videos. "Run Baby," the first single and video released from their upcoming debut album (Fall 2013), continues to embrace audiences, as the band's progressive and powerful music captures the presence and influence of a band with dominant sustainability.
The band has built a strong, diverse and dedicated fan base throughout Southern California, in addition to their expanded following in Nevada and Arizona. Assertively positioning themselves among the most promising up-and-coming national touring Artists and bands in their genre, Vattica tirelessly performs live in legendary venues including The Viper Room, Roxy Theatre, Canyon Club, The Troubadour and the Whisky a Go-Go.
The band’s drive to share their music and connect with fans frequently takes them out on the road… touring across the US and performing in festivals and celebrated venues. Vattica’s exposure has also crossed international waters, gaining popularity and an emerging fan base in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Engaged by the influences of Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars, Green Day, Our Lady Peace, U2 and The Clash, Vattica’s music incorporates a passionate and concentrated theme in its lyrics and tone – subjectively tackling the universal journey of contending-with-the-challenges and celebrating-the-conquests that test and continue to define one’s existence.
ENROT brings their breed of Groove-Oriented Thrash Metal blending an abrasive, unapologetic attitude & high-energy with straight ahead, relentless music that pulls no punches.
For fans of vintage Sepultura & Machine Head, the tried & true veteran sound of Testament, Pantera - & current abrasions like DevilDriver & Lamb of God.
The Music of ENROT provides an eloquent soundtrack to the macabre as they look to take you on a trip into the taboo & darkest corners of your subconscious with tails of horror, the undead, & the forever cursed. It is the plague that lives within Us all that will bring out your dead.
Led by the metal-infused veins of Russell Grell on Guitars, the pounding heartbeat of Francisco Zamudio on Drums, the backbone of Ruben Talamantes on Bass, rounded out by the vocal threat of Quentin Neace on the Mic - ENROT is a far cry from the stereotypical Hollywood trash that plagues radio, TV & the music scene. Hailing from Huntington Beach in Orange County California, a city typically known for Punk, ENROT is Pure Demon Driven Metal that brings a raw do-it-yourself attitude that is evident in their music & makes you change the way you see an Underground Metal band.
The Dark DJs
THE DARK SIDE OF HOLLYWOOD