Beartooth, Piñata Protest & Vallejo takeover this weekend
Beartooth began as a way to blow off steam and add another dimension to frontman Caleb Shomo’s genre-hopping creative output. The metalcore band plays Thursday at House of Rock with Stray From the Path, My Ticket Home and Former. Doors are at 6 p.m. Beartooth began and in many ways continues to be such an artist, bubbling forth from the psyche, soul and complex emotions buried in multitalented instrumentalist and songwriter, Shomo. Beartooth shares equal inspiration with brutal metalcore as with old-school punk like The Ramones and the bombastic theatricality of Queen. The end result is a back-to-basics hardcore stomp that would get the crowd moving at a Hatebreed or Terror show, interspersed with a steadfast determination to give equal importance to anthemic choruses. The group’s followup album to 2014’s “Disgusting” is “Aggressive” and will be released in June.
Piñata Protest brings their festively-energetic Tex-Mex/punk mix to House of Rock on Friday. They’ll be joined by Another Punk Episode. Doors are at 8 p.m. The accordion-fronted punk rock band from San Antonio is an intoxicating border mash-up of The Ramones and Ramon Ayala. On the band’s EP, El Valiente, a joint release by Cosmica Records and Saustex Media, the band’s irreverently self-described “mojado punk” develops and explodes into a strong and cohesive mix of punk rock aggression, cheeky riffs on Mexican standards and original songs reflecting their lives, influences and desire for a mosh pit, Tejano style. The group now has its own beer brewed by Freetail Brewing Co. of San Antonio. Check out their website for available locations.
Vallejo brings its sonic melting pot of classic album rock mixed with contagious funky rhythms and Latin percussion to House of Rock on Saturday. They’ll be joined by Resz. Doors are at 8:30 p.m. Vallejo has become one of the most popular rock bands to hail from “The Live Music Capital of the World” Austin. Started by the three Vallejo brothers from El Campo – vocalist and lead guitarist AJ Vallejo, twin brother Alex Vallejo on drums and younger sibling Omar Vallejo on bass – along with high school friend Bruce Castleberry on guitar and percussionist Alex Geismar, Vallejo has toured all over the U.S. and Mexico tearing up stages with its fiery live performances. After over 15 years of being a band, with thousands of shows under their belts, numerous awards and a career spanning 11 album releases, Vallejo released “Brothers Brew” in 2015, recorded at their own VMG Studios in Austin.