The Expanders, Cowboys from Hell Paso and more
The Expanders have come to be known for their vintage “rockers” style of reggae, played in the tradition of classic 1970s Jamaican groups like The Ethiopians, Culture and The Mighty Diamonds. Experience it Friday at House of Rock along with Arcade Hustlers and Proof of Life. Doors are at 8 p.m. The Expanders’ music emphasizes three-part vocal harmonies and strong songwriting. In addition to performing their own original material and rare Jamaican scorchers since 2006, The Expanders have backed legendary Jamaican singers when they come to California such as Alton Ellis, The Maytones, The Ethiopians and The Wailing Souls. The group released “Hustling Culture” in 2015. “Hustling Culture” is the band’s third studio album, but for the band members feels like their first proper album as a cohesive unit. John Asher explains, “Our first album was a collection of music from good friends making a record together. Our second album was a great covers album, but “Hustling Culture” is the band coming into its own with our songwriting and musicianship.”
Cowboys from Hell Paso has a simple vision: recreate what it is like to be at a live Pantera show. Check out the results Saturday at House of Rock along with Numb to the Blow. Doors are at 9 p.m. The group was formed in late January of 2010 by Ed Razor, formally a national recording artist of the Pissing Razors and Ministry, as a tribute to his friends Vinnie Paul and the late Dime Bag Darrell. With a huge stage production, including Monster stage lighting and 28 cabinets, their shows channel the power and fury of Pantera. The group receives love and support from Rita “Lady Dime” and Vinnie Paul.
Ventura County hardcore/progressive metal band Bermuda brings its nationwide Marcho Man Tour to House of Rock on Monday. They’ll be joined by Dmolisher, Animals, Invoker, Heavyweight and Blood of Our Brothers. Doors are at 5 p.m. The group released “Use Your Burdens” on Dec. 25 on Mediaskare Records.