Scout Bar presents
Adelitas Way - Notorious Tour 2018
Sons of Texas, Stone Broken, Taking Dawn
18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Houston, TX, 77058
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
On their upcoming third album, Adelitas Way intensify their brand of hard-edged rock with a tighter songwriting sensibility and more brutally raw energy than ever before. To create the album, the Las Vegas-based quartet joined forces with Nick Raskulinecz (a Grammy-winning producer who's previously worked with artists like Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age) and holed up for eight weeks of nonstop recording in a cabin deep in the woods outside Nashville. Featuring the brooding but fiery lead single "Dog on a Leash," the follow-up to 2011's Home School Valedictorian proves to be the most refined yet thrillingly gritty album that Adelitas Way has offered up so far.
With "Dog on a Leash"—a slow-burner that blends lead-heavy riffs, thunderous drums, haunting guitar tones, and stirring vocals—Adelitas Way has deepened their sound while staying true to the fierceness of spirit the band's embraced since their 2009 debut (a self-titled effort featuring the chart-topping single "Invincible," now the theme song for WWE Superstars). For singer/songwriter Rick DeJesus, guitarist Robert Zakaryan, bassist Andrew Cushing, and drummer Trevor Stafford, striking that balance began with devoting nearly two years to writing the songs that would eventually make up the album. "Coming up with the songs for this record, it was really important for us to take the time we needed to let everything come together naturally, and also to make sure the lyrics and melodies and music were the strongest we've ever done," says DeJesus.
Along with developing more powerful hooks and broader arrangements to shape each of the new songs in the band's arsenal, Adelitas Way allowed an urgent, gut-punching intensity to fuel every step of their songwriting process. "I wanted the emotion of each song to be so strong that you could feel it bleeding through the music, whether it's angst or heartbreak or loss, or even something from one of the more feel-good songs on the album," DeJesus points out. "To me songs that have that kind of raw feeling are the ones that really get through and change people."
While some of the songs saw their inception with a lyric or a melody from DeJesus, other tracks were born from riffs that the band generated during their many tireless jam sessions. "We spent weeks jamming and working on songs, which helped the final version to feel natural and real once we actually recorded," says DeJesus. That prep work turned out to be invaluable in readying the band to record with Raskulinecz, an experience that DeJesus likens to a musical boot camp. "Nick's not the kind of producer who'll tell you, 'Oh, we'll just edit it later,'" says DeJesus. "There was no cutting or pasting or computer magic—it was just like, 'You're gonna sing it and play it right all the way through, and that's what's gonna go on the record." Raskulinecz also helped Adelitas Way cultivate a more dynamic sound by working with the band to strengthen their arrangements and take their songs into directions they hadn't explored before. "It was a constant learning and growing process, and Nick really helped push us both mentally and physically," DeJesus notes.
When it came time to record, Adelitas Way and Raskulinecz spent ten hours a day working on songs in their cabin studio. "We were pretty secluded out there in the woods, which I think is better for making a record than being in a city like L.A. where you have so many distractions," says DeJesus. "There's a different level of focus in working like that, and all we had to think about all day long was building a connection with the people who were going to hear this album." Even after leaving the studio for the day, DeJesus continued to work on crafting the band's latest batch of songs. "I'd go back home and sit down and work on lyrics some more, making sure all of the songs were right and telling the story I needed and wanted to tell," he says.
Despite all that steadfast effort, the album emerges as a product of pure passion, nervy energy, and an irresistible simplicity that's evident in its bold and brash sound. "With this album it wasn't like, 'Let's try out all these new things'—it was more like we were trying out less things," says DeJesus. "We weren't saying, 'Let's try hiding the guitar tone, let's stack 50 guitars to make it sound huge, let's tune the vocals and add synth and beats and whatever else.' We just wanted to keep it stripped-down and make some really great music." Noting that his songwriting is largely influenced by the visceral, uncompromising alt-rock that bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden pioneered in the late-'80s and early-'90s, DeJesus adds that Adelitas Way was adamant about limiting the new album to live instrumentation (including a grand piano and string section along with the built-in lineup of guitar, bass, and drums). "When I was younger I watched Nirvana wipe out an entire generation of pop, which was something really inspiring to me in making an album at a time when rock's become sort of a black sheep in the music world," he says.
For Adelitas Way, one of the most crucial benefits to keeping their sound rough and rugged is clearing a more direct pathway to connection with the listener. "A song like 'Dog on a Leash'—that's about feeling like you need to ask permission to do what you want, like you're under the mercy of someone else, whether it's your boss or an overbearing girlfriend or boyfriend or whoever, which is something I've seen happen so many times to people in my life," DeJesus explains. By drawing out those pained and primal emotions in their music, Adelitas Way aim to ultimately empower their listeners with a sense of release. "Hearing a song that's about something you're dealing with and realizing you're not alone is so important for getting through things," says DeJesus. "That's what I want our songs to help people to do. And when someone connects with a song so much that they think we wrote it specifically about them, that's when I know we've gotten the job done."
Sons of Texas
There is nothing subtle about Texas. There is a reason why we use the term “Texas-sized” to describe anything in life that’s exaggeratedly large, from posteriors, to bong hits, to jugs of beer. This boldness, naturally, extends to the Lone Star’s musical exports, loud n’ proud legendary artists like ZZ Top, Pantera, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among many others. Now, firmly in that cocksure lineage, is a mighty bluesy metal band from McAllen, Texas aptly named, Sons Of Texas.
The young quintet’s debut, Baptized In The Rio Grande—produced by the iconic Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Crowbar, Chiodos, Hatebreed)—is a Texas-sized portion of power metal grooves, dazzling guitar solos, strip joint/tailgate sing-along choruses, and soulfully charred vocal melodies. It took Wilbur 20 seconds of a YouTube clip to recognize this young band truly inherited the gonads of its Lone Star forefathers and sign on to work with the quintet.
“We’re proud of being a Texas hard rock band, that’s everything to us,” affirmsrhythm guitarist Jon Olivarez. “Texas is the biggest state, has a great history of football teams, and an astounding music legacy.”
Sons Of Texas was spawned in McAllen, Texas, a valley town without the music legacy of Austin or Arlington. The scene vibes “music for music’s sake” with metalcore bands, blues-rock bands, and straight up rock n’ roll bands swapping members and sharing bills. Sons Of Texas solidified in 2013 around a lineup of local all stars. The group is Mark Morales, vocals, Mike Villarreal, drums, Nick Villarreal, bass, Jon Olivarez, rhythm guitar, and Jes De Hoyos, lead guitar.
Despite being just in their mid 20s, never having recorded an album, and having only existed for about a year, the guys play with seasoned authenticity and fiery brilliance. The guitar duo of Jon Olivarez and Jes De Hoyos boastthat classic rhythm and lead division of labor of Metallica’s Hetfield and Hammett, Testament’s Alex Sklonick and Eric Peterson, and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman. Sons Of Texas has that rare gift of having a rhythm section of brothers—Nick and Mike Villarreal—so the grooves are telepathic and deeply in the pocket. And vocalist Mark Morales has a blood raw expressiveness evoking Phil Anselmo, Chris Cornell, and Zakk Wylde.
Baptized In The Rio Grande is an album for raising hell and enduring hard times. The record spans good old bad boy anthems like “Texas Trim” and “Baptized In The Rio Grande,” the stately ballad territory of the haunting “September,” and the dead end job-frustration of “Pull It And Fire.” The standout “Blameshift” showcases the guys have modern rock radio potential without sacrificing heft for hooks.
The past year has been a blessing for the Sons Of Texas. Inking a record deal and working with a producer of Wilbur’s caliber doesn’t happen for bands in the Rio Grande region of McAllen, Texas. Olivarez explains: “People always told us to move to Austin, but we stuck with our hometown and made something of ourselves. We take a lot of pride in being one of the first Valley bands to get these opportunities. “
Stone Broken are a 4-piece hard rock band from Walsall, UK.
Rich Moss - Guitar & Vocals
Kieron Conroy - Bass Guitar & Vocals
Chris Davis - Guitar & Vocals
Robyn Haycock - Drums & Vocals
Formed in late 2013 from the fragments of 2 local bands, Rich, Kieron, Chris & Robyn, have formed a dynamic outfit that delivers a BIG chunky rock sound with huge choruses.
They self-released their debut EP – The Crow Flies – in 2014, with the video for Let Me Go achieving cult status in the UK with over 14,000 plays.
Stone Broken signed a management deal with Peter Keevil of TMR Band Management in October 2015.
And just a month later announced that their debut album, All In Time, released worldwide on Friday 29th January 2016.
American hard rock/heavy metal band based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chris Babbit - vocals, guitar
Mikey Cross - guitar, backing vocals
Alan Doucette - drums, backing vocals
Andrew Cushing - bass, backing vocals