The Supervillains and Nina Diaz
Florida-bred The Supervillains have been bending genres, partying hard, touring the world and leaving tales of joy and destruction in their wake. The swamp rockers return to House of Rock on Friday with Crucial Riddim and Flatbroke. Doors are at 7 p.m. Founded by high-school buddies and co-lead vocalists Dominic Maresco (drums) and Scott “Skart” Suldo (guitars), The Supervillains’ patented harmonies and hooks have permeated through many scenes while managing to stay true to their collective roots. Huge, ground-moving bass lines provided by Daniel Grundorf with multi-instrumental solos and melodies from Tom “T-Rex” Moulton complement the combo’s penchant for formulating unique arrangements, drawing from a wide range of influences. Southern vocal harmonies accompany undeniable reggae beats, tasty ska rhythms and all-out punk rock insanity from a band that truly resembles the cultural melting pot of their home state. The group released “Where is My Mind” in 2013.
Nina Diaz doesn’t have anywhere to hide — not that she’s looking to as the front woman and sole writer of music in her solo project. Diaz returns to House of Rock on Sunday. Doors are at 7 p.m. “I’m putting myself out there in a different way. My usual thing is to hide, but now I can’t,” Diaz told San Antonio Magazine in 2015. With Girl In a Coma, Diaz and her bandmates embraced traditional rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, delicate indie-pop and devastating post-punk. Everything they tried they did as a band. So when Diaz came to the group with songs they feel didn’t fit the trio, it was suggested she try a solo record. “It’s kind of an inevitable thing for the singer in bands to go solo. We’re still performing together and getting ready to work on new stuff, but I was trying to write some stuff where I was writing the guitar, the bass and the drums and was really on top of every inch of the song. It just didn’t feel like a band thing anymore, so we decided maybe I should try this record solo.” One thing she pays even more attention to is her writing. “My writing has grown a lot. I started when I was 13. When you first write as a young girl, for me anyways, you write about things you don’t understand yet. I was a dreamer in a lot of ways. Over the years, the writing has become more about my own life story, more realistic. Now that I’ve lived longer, I write about things that I’ve survived and faced. The main thing I try to remember now is to write for me.”