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Dark Sonic Rituals

Posted in flyers, Mala Suerte, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by backstabbath

It has been a while since we’ve ventured outside of Austin for any live performances so next weekend we’ll be headed South for a two-day excursion. On Friday, March 30th we’ll be playing at Nightrocker Live in San Antonio with fellow Austin bands Ancient VVisdom, Watching The Moon, and Curse The Heavens along with Venomous Maximus from Houston, TX. San Antonio has always been somewhat hit or miss for us as far as live shows are concerned so if you live in the area please help us spread the word. This should ultimately prove to be an interesting show as all the bands on the bill have quite varied styles and will provide their own separate take on the dark sonic arts.The following day on Saturday, March 31st we’ll be joining Curse The Heavens for our first ever gig in Corpus Christi, TX. at TFC Rehearsal Studios. Also on the line-up are locals, Bertha and Prison Moon from ATX. We are really looking forward to playing for and meeting a lot of new people on this jaunt, so as I stated before please help us spread the word. We’ll see you all next weekend!


Posted in flyers, Mala Suerte on January 7, 2012 by backstabbath

The ever-evolving world of Mala Suerte.

Posted in Mala Suerte with tags , , on January 5, 2012 by backstabbath

What can I say? At this point, I might as well proclaim that this band has become somewhat like Spinal Tap with regards to line-up shifts. It has been almost two years since my last post and a lot has changed here at the MS camp, for sure. After the departure of founding guitarist, David Guerrero, and the recruitment of new axe-man, Jeff Nettles, we got busy with the seemingly difficult work of writing new material. We did manage to actually write one entire new song before things came to a head, or hit a wall, and after a gig with Eyehategod in San Antonio in December of 2010 we parted ways with long-time drummer and friend, John Petri. Incidentally, for those of you who are interested, John is doing well and keeping busy with one of Austin’s finest metal acts, The Blood Royale. Do yourself a favor and check them out here in town, as they play locally quite often.

Not long after John’s departure I remember calling Dave up to see how he was doing and to catch up a bit. Upon mentioning the current state of band affairs I remember him saying something like, “So, do you want me to write some riffs, or what?”

Soon after, I met up with Dave at a local watering hole and he gave me a CD with several new tracks that he’d been working on. Upon leaving, I popped it into the CD player of my truck and almost immediately after hearing the very first track of dark, acoustic, psych/folk I was almost brought to tears. This piece basically summed up all the negativity and sadness that had been consuming me and was exactly where my mind was at musically and emotionally. That pretty much sealed the deal and Dave was back in the band. Much excitement and creativity quickly ensued and writing music with two guitarists for the first time proved to be very exciting and fruitful, and allowed us to reinforce our sonic arsenal. Before we were even ready to start playing live again we were asked to play the opening slot for Saint Vitus here in Austin at Red 7 on Dec. 11th 2011. We didn’t have a drummer at this point but I damn sure didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity of opening up for one of my all-time favorite bands. After asking everyone that I thought would be a suitable fit, to no avail, I had almost given up hope. Then at the last-minute, one of my old friends, Tony Brownlow, offered his services and as it turned out ended being the perfect addition to the band. After intensive rehearsals we had a sufficient set complete with mostly new material which we even complemented with one of our old thrash blasts that we hadn’t played live in several years. The show with Vitus was a resounding success, yet before the night was over, Jeff informed me that he was going to be taking a sabbatical in Mississippi for an undetermined amount of time, and so, once again, after only one show, we were left as a four piece unit.

We were determined to keep going and we really liked the sound of the two guitar format but didn’t have anyone in mind as a replacement for Jeff. Not long after, on a drunken night, one of my oldest and dearest friends, Vincent Pina, offered to step in on rhythm guitar until Jeff’s return. I didn’t really put much weight in his offer, as is so often the case with inebriated conversations at 4 AM, I figured it may have been just the alcohol talking, but he mentioned it to me again soon after and the all-crushing boulder of doom was rolling once again. Vincent hadn’t played guitar for quite a number of years (local heshers may recall his contributions in local bands, Evilution and Debauchery) but it didn’t take him long to get his chops back. His groovier rhythmic style of writing was quickly put to use in one of our newest songs which runs the gamut stylistically, incorporating everything from doom, psych, thrash and death. Currently, we are hard at work on a variety of new material and hope to have a new EP out in the very near future. In the meantime, you can catch the latest incarnation of Mala Suerte live at The Dirty Dog here in Austin on January 21st.

The end of an era.

Posted in Mala Suerte on January 30, 2010 by backstabbath

For those of you who are privy to Mala Suerte’s inner circle and for many of the people involved in the local underground music scene this will probably be old news, so this is basically for everyone else. Several months ago, co-founding member and guitarist David Guerrero decided it was time for him to graciously make his exit from the band to concentrate on other areas of his life and to pursue other musical interests. I’m sure it was a difficult decision for him to make as this band was a big part of his life for over a decade, but this was something that had been brewing for quite some time. We certainly hated to see him go and I can assure you that there are no hard feelings between Dave and the rest of the band. He will always be our brother.

I must admit that even though I knew that his departure was an eventuality, I was still somewhat shocked. I think the idea that this band was going to come to an end was a bit more than I wanted to face, but I had always said that if either Dave or I were to quit, that would be the end of Mala Suerte. And so that was it. I toyed around with different scenarios about new projects and thought about just focusing on my visual art for a brief period but I never really came to a concrete decision.  Since I was now the only original member of the band remaining, Mike and John left the matter of whether or not the band would continue solely up to me. After discussing the matter with many close friends and after much encouragement from many individuals whose opinions I respect, I decided that my work with Mala Suerte was not yet done and that the band was to continue on. Just so we’re clear, I didn’t arrive at this conclusion very easily, as Dave’s distinct guitar sound and style was a key part of what made Mala Suerte the band that it is today, but it is our intention to continue to make music that honors the work and creativity that he has put into the band over the last decade and to build and expand upon the sound that we have thus far developed.

Although Dave’s departure from the band came months ago, I was hesitant to post any news about it until we had an idea about what we were going to do. We put the word out to our fellow musicians that we were in need of a new guitarist and talked to many people involved in the local underground scene and we had many people offer to fill in, but ultimately no one really felt right. Finally, a friend and guitarist from other area bands, Jeff Nettles, offered his services and after a couple of rehearsals we quickly realized that he was the man for the job. In addition to already being a fan of the band and being capable of playing  the doom-laden riff he is also very proficient at many other styles and I think he’ll bring a possibly even more metallic approach to the band.  Jeff’s also a pretty cool and easy going guy so we hope that everyone welcomes him with open arms.

That being said, David’s chapter of the band is not yet closed. In addition to an upcoming split 7″ record which will feature his songwriting and guitar playing contributions, we will also be recording a cover song of an obscure 90’s era Austin band called Butterscotch Tuna. Look for both of those to be out sometime this year on our own label, Illwill Recordings…and if we can ultimately coerce him to do more, you may not have heard the last of him yet. Those releases aside, we’ve got plans for more splits and exciting musical collaborations in the coming months, so now is an exciting time for growth and creativity here at the Mala Suerte camp. Stay tuned.