One great way to check out the local music scene is to hit local events at venues other than clubs and bars. On Friday August 9th the Fender Center in Corona, CA hosted a show that featured local bands that was put together by a former member of the Kids Rock Free program at Fender, Dillon Brown. For some it was their first show ever, for others they were doing what they do best, rocking whatever stage they hit.
I went to this show to support 2 bands: Kranken Welpen and Against the Ordinary. While at the show I saw a few other bands and have to give a mention to a young band, in experience and age, the Paralyzer's who put on a show beyond their years.
I will start with Against the Ordinary. Playing its first show ever this band is already on my list of must sees. My personal connection is that guitar player Dillon Brown is an alumni of the Kids Rock Free program, the same program my daughter is in. Now that he has graduated out of the program (he turned 18 recently) he is putting his love for music to use and he is doing it well. One thing I have noticed about Dillon is that he is in love with music. When he plays he goes to that place that is just him and the music. He is amazing on stage and off. He always has a great attitude on stage and off. Dillon is not a one man band so let me introduce you to the rest of the crue: Lead Vocals Marc Llana, the aforementioned Lead Guitarist Dillon Brown, Guitarist Grant Wolfe, Bassist Kyra Lesner, and Drummer Jacob Guzman. The band has a sound similar to and is influenced by Guns 'n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, and the Foo Fighters. This band really surprised me because they are all very young and they did a cover of Alice Cooper’s "18" that blew me away. I overheard members of the other bands giving props to how well they did this song and that means a lot more coming from a fellow musician and not just music fans.
Kranken Welpen...WOW sums it up. I've never danced a Polka to a Metal band that I could have moshed to, until I saw Kranken Welpen. Their sound is a mix of Polka Metal/Hungarian Gypsy/Kraut Rock. I confess the minute I played their music my mouth hit the table and I was a fan. I have never heard anything like them, ever. The talent this band has is amazing and it can be clearly seen when they created lyrics for a composition from the 19th Century Classical composer Brahms and put a Metal/Rock/Polka sound to it. Not only is the music captivating, the lyrics are smart, comical, and at times tongue and cheek. I have seen over 280 different bands to date (this year) and this band stuck out among them and will make our end of year "Best of 2013" issue for certain. If you are a music fan and want to see something new and different, this is your band. On stage they move, they dance, they Polka, and they melt faces.
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Written by: Melissa Anderson, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
Photo's by Rockwell Anderson Media, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com