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with Sons of Texas, Righteous Vendetta

June 13

8:00 pm

$25 ADV / $30 DOS

Doors at 7:00 PM | All Ages | Bar w/ID

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Every night is a Friday night for HELLYEAH and their fans. No matter what the situation, HELLYEAH’s mission is singular: to provide fans with good time, spirit-lifting hard rock. When you are at a HELLYEAH show or listening to their music, everything else takes a backseat to feeling good and focusing on living in the ‘here and now.’ Because that’s what real life is all about.

Frontman Chad Gray adds, “The band is called HELLYEAH, come on! It’s like ‘Hell yeah, let’s do it!'” The singer further admitted that he envisions the band as a salve that hard-hit American rock fans turn to in these rough economic times. While life may suck for the red-blooded, middle class American right now, art shouldn’t be a luxury they can’t afford and HELLYEAH’s goal is to bring their music to the people, like a port in the storm, the lifeline to save them from drowning in the harsh realities of life. And really, isn’t that why people turn to music in their bleakest hours, for something to connect with?”

Despite not-so-humble beginnings as an enjoyable side project for members of Pantera, Mudvayne and Nothingface, one thing is certain about HELLYEAH in 2010: this is a real band that speaks to real people with their new album, STAMPEDE. While the members may have built their individual reputations in mega-successful, household name metal and rock bands throughout the years, when you strip them down to their base parts, the members of HELLYEAH aren’t much different than normal, average Americans who love their music. And that’s just the way the band likes it.

“First and foremost, we said if we were going to do this, it’d be about having a good time, with kick ass music and drinks, not a big corporate fuckin’ supergroup bullshit deal,” legendary drummer Vinnie Paul said, without mincing a single syllable. “Before a year together on the road and finding ourselves completely with the first record, we were all new to each other. We just did what came off the top of our heads. Now, we have great chemistry and for this second record, we knew that we found ourselves as a live band. We wanted to translate what came off the stage into the studio, with that same power and energy. But it’s even more diverse and deeper. Obviously, our roots are metal, but we have ties with Southern rock, like Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Marshall Tucker Band, and we’re bringing that out more.”

HELLYEAH toured for only nine months behind their 2007-released, self-titled debut, and they managed to sell nearly 400,000 records in the process. They performed at Family Values with Korn and at the lone Ozzfest date in Dallas, Texas in 2008 before the members took time off to attend to other commitments. However, in that short time span, HELLYEAH formed an unbreakable bond with each other and their fans, one that will be further cemented through their second album. “It’s HELLYEAH, VERSION. 2.0: more beer, more weed, more rock, more riffs,” Paul said.

Guitarist Tom Maxwell believes that through their first album’s activities, HELLYEAH is now even stronger as a unit, and that bleeds into the music on STAMPEDE, saying “It’s a true brotherhood. It’s middle finger in the air, wave the flag and mow everyone over with who we are and what we are. Like Vinnie says, ‘Let the stampede begin.'” Maxwell adds, “Our first album was in the moment, with pure fire, piss and vinegar, but STAMPEDE is more song-oriented, with a lot of personality, and a lot of personal stuff, too.”

The power of the band’s music aside, HELLYEAH are also noteworthy because they’re the project that brought Vinnie Paul back to playing, after losing his brother and metal icon Dimebag Darrell to a tragic onstage shooting in 2004. “It was a humongous step in my life, for the longest period, I didn’t know if I wanted to do it again,” Paul said. “My brother meant the world to me and we did everything together. We were inseparable and it took me a year before I decided to do this. One thing that struck a chord was when Dave Grohl sent me an email, saying, ‘Bro, I went through something similar with Kurt Cobain. I never thought I’d play music again, but music will heal you eventually.’ That meant a lot to me and that allowed me to open my heart and realize it was worth taking a shot.” The drummer wasn’t well-acquainted with Gray or guitarist Greg Tribbett (also of Mudvayne) when the seeds of HELLYEAH were being sown, but they all hit it off and destiny took over.

For STAMPEDE, the members converged on Paul’s Texas abode, for a recording process draped in a relaxed, pressure-free atmosphere, surrounded by the obligatory cocktails, good eats and familial brotherhood. “We were doing it at my house solely. We ate, drank and BBQed together, which made the brotherhood that happened, come through in the music,” Paul said. The band members lived in bungalows on the grounds and turned Paul’s house into a studio. Drums were recorded downstairs and guitars were recorded upstairs, with video screens in each room so the members could see one another while tracking. The methods may have been unorthodox, but the result was nothing short of magical. “It’s a broad, diverse album that covers rock, heavy metal and Southern rock ground. That is the main thing that I like about it: it’s not so focused on one thing,” Paul said. The high ceilings at the Paul home allowed for the creation of a big, booming sound. They also were able to work at their own natural pace. “We slept there, so if one of us just came up with an idea, we could jump on it,” Maxwell said.

Gray revealed that HELLYEAH helped him to step outside of his comfort zone, normally a dark place, that he resides within in his other band. “This band has gone beyond, and has country songs and Southern rock songs, and songs about girls. I never thought about writing that shit before, and I was out of my element, but I’m making it work. In that sense, it is exciting and has allowed me to grow as a songwriter, having no boundaries.” Maxwell was also able to step up his game within the parameters of HELLYEAH, saying, “I was about to do things I have never done on another record, creating different layers using an EBO, which is a battery-powered magnet that resonates so it sounds like a cello or violin!”

STAMPEDE boasts an eclectic set of tunes, with the title track coming on like a battering ram that takes out anything in its way while the thunderous, anthemic “Cowboy Way” will get the blood coursing through your veins even if you’ve never roamed a range. It’s a powder keg waiting to go off, one that could ignite an arena as quickly as a parking lot. It’s a song destined to be a fan favorite! Tribbett and Maxwell’s relentless tandem of riffery could take out a village, while Gray flips the bird to all convention, belting out the heaviest chorus above and below the Mason-Dixon. The uber-infectious “Hell of a Time” speaks to the people, with Gray’s “Everyman” lyrical proclamations about “making it to Friday night” and about how the girl, family, friends and music are all you need in this life. The band shifts gears for the contemplative ballad “Better Man,” while “The Debt That All Men Pay” and the choppy homage to strippers, “Pole Rider,” jointly administer an industrial-sized can of whoop-ass. Of course, the entire album is anchored by Paul’s percussive presence, which is as formidable and ferocious it’s ever been, as Gray’s liquor-lubed vocals clamp down with razor-sharp teeth. The chemistry is tighter than a stripper’s g-string and the music will stun all your senses.

That’s “covers all ground” style and “writing without boundaries” technique is precisely why hard rock and metal fans react to and connect with HELLYEAH so fervently. Sure, they came to the HELLYEAH party based on curiosity and due to their fandom of the principals’ other bands, but the music HELLYEAH made and their genuine connection to the audience and their realities is what hooked them and kept them coming to the shows and buying the records. “We’re red state rock, man,” Gray admits with pride. “Greg and I are from Peoria, the heart of the Midwest, and from our earliest days of touring, we always had a kinship with Texas and I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I went down here with Vinnie and met his his friends and that was the thing I did not know I had. My connection is the people: the people are generally good people, down to earth and that is my roots. They believe in family and friends and will kill to protect that and I love that.”

American rock and metal fans are sure to connect to the people in this band and get caught under this STAMPEDE. Get on board and get run over with HELLYEAH.


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. ”


RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA is ready for battle, driven by the fire of the classic New Wave Of American Metalcore movement, with a fresh melodic bent. They are primed to decimate the airwaves and the stage, with a unifying message of hope and inspiration, all delivered with smoldering intensity.

Arising from humble small town origins, Righteous Vendetta offer positivity and encouragement against adversity, with a sound of defiance and power.

The band’s new album for Century Media Records, Cursed, arrives after a long season of writing, rewriting, honing, shaping and refining. It was a process that resulted in a definitive mission statement for the quintet, laying the blueprint for the band’s evolving creative identity. Cursed was produced and mixed by Mitch Marlow (In This Moment, Stitched Up Heart).

They effortlessly combine the diverse melodic Swedish death metal of vintage In Flames with the spirit-filled pop-melodicism of Anberlin, easily appealing to fans who grew up listening to albums like The End of Heartache by Killswitch Engage and Shadows Are Security by As I Lay Dying. There’s even a bit of the SoCal hardcore-meets-Pantera fury of Throwdown, not as much in overt sonic thunder as in energetic, steadfast perseverance.

This is a band that knows what it means to fight for everything they’ve got, to earn respect with integrity, to standup and be counted, to surpass and defy all expectations by delivering the goods on an awe-inspiring scale. This is metalcore for the underdog, a new collection of anthems for a generation hungry for music that’s authentic and pure. Righteous Vendetta is reverent to the greatest strengths of the scene’s past, yet equally forward-thinking.

Gestated in a small town in rural Wyoming (population: 3000), these five young men have beaten the odds against isolation, outside pressure, and the daily grind to conjure a ridiculously catchy and relentlessly fierce metalcore sound to rival the genre’s titans and light up the world’s stages.

“There was no music scene, really, which forced us to tour,” explains vocalist Ryan Hayes, who first formed Righteous Vendetta after discovering his college piano teacher could shred on guitar. “The closest ‘big’ market to us was Denver, which is about nine hours from where we live. By the time we were signed, we already had over a thousand tour dates under our belts. It really helped to shape us as musicians and who we are as a band.”

The lineup shifted a bit (“we’d have to find new members on YouTube or wherever else we could”) before it solidified as Hayes, guitarists Justin Olmstead and Carl Heiman, bassist Riley Haynie, and drummer Zack Goggins. After opening for Hatebreed, Righteous Vendetta caught the attention of Jamey Jasta, who encouraged them to explore more of the melodic side of their already crushingly heavy, breakdown-friendly music.

Songs like “The Fire Inside,” “With Love” and “What You’ve Done” helped grow the band’s fanbase, through hard-touring, social media, online videos, and a series of independent releases and material issued by Red Cord Records, with the 2014 Defiance EP cementing the group as a rising force.

The two years Righteous Vendetta spent crafting Cursed was time well spent. “We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to write ‘hits’ at one point,” the band’s frontman confesses. “If you get too much into that mentality, you can start to lose yourself. So as we made Cursed, we focused on what we were when we started: a metal band. And we wrote a metal album.”

Which isn’t to say the album is without hooks. “Doomed” is the heaviest song on the record (inspired by the classic video game, Doom), yet its chorus is unabashedly melodic. “The video game is about killing demons and ripping their faces off,” notes Hayes, with a laugh. “It’s a super metal game.” Lead single “Weight of the World” is a radio-ready banger, co-written by the group with Atreyu drummer/melodic vocalist Brandon Saller.

The band poured their frustrations into both “Weight of the World” and the album’s crushing title track, “Cursed,” taking the uncertainty and struggle of the long album making process and putting it to good use in an empowering way. There is plenty of darkness to be found all over Cursed, but it’s designed to work less as a burning poison and more as healing oil.

Cursed is the soundtrack to Righteous Vendetta’s overall mission statement. “We’ve always wanted to have a positive influence on people’s lives, but in a real way,” Hayes explains. “We want to connect with people, find common ground, and develop real relationships that aren’t superficial.

“There are some bands that are very manufactured. Everyone in our band is fully invested in our music,” he adds. “That passion comes out onstage and on the record. It’s something we strive to put across every single day.”

(VIP1) The “Unden!able” Gold VIP Experience includes:
– One (1) General Admission Ticket
– Meet & Greet w/ members of HELLYEAH
– Individual Photo Opportunity w/ HELLYEAH
– One Signed 8×10
– One Pair of Hellion Dice w/ an Exclusive Pouch
– Early Entry
– Priority Merch Shipping
– One Exclusive Merch Item
– One Commemorative VIP Laminate

(VIP2) The “Unden!able” Silver VIP Experience includes:
– One (1) General Admission Ticket
– Meet & Greet w/ members of HELLYEAH
– Individual Photo Opportunity w/ HELLYEAH
– One Pair of Hellion Dice w/ an Exclusive Pouch
– Early Entry
– Priority Merch Shopping
– One Commemorative VIP Laminate

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