Meet The Local Bands of Las Rageous – Code Red Riot, A Friend A Foe, NΛTIONS, and We Gave It Hell

Meet The Local Bands of Las Rageous – Code Red Riot, A Friend A Foe, NΛTIONS, and We Gave It Hell

Las Rageous is just days away from heating up Downtown Las Vegas, featuring national acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Anthrax, and Breaking Benjamin all ready and willing to set Sin City into sonic overdrive.

Be sure to arrive early to catch up with some of the terrific local talent Las Vegas has to offer, as bands such as Code Red Riot, A Friend A Foe, NΛTIONS, and We Gave It Hell are sure to rock and rage early on.

We caught up with all four opening acts to find out more about their thoughts on the local Las Vegas music scene and what to expect from their upcoming Las Rageous performances.

And now it’s time to meet the local bands of the almighty Las Rageous! Read on…

Code Red Riot

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in your band and how long you have been together.
My name is Corky Gainsford. I was the drummer and co-songwriter in Otherwise (Century Media / Sony Records) from 2011-2015. A little over a year ago, I left the band to pursue different creative outlets, and one of them became this band. I’m now the singer and songwriter for Code Red Riot, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Sully Erna (Godsmack), transitioning from the role of drummer to lead-singer.

After I left Otherwise, I started writing and recording demos, with no real plan or agenda. When I finished the first batch of tunes, I started sending those early demos around to some industry friends. I kept getting consistently positive responses, followed up with the question, “Who is in your band?” to which I replied, “just me!” At that point, I realized I better start finding some like-minded musicians… So I searched, and thankfully, found some really great guys to join me on this journey.

When we released our first lyric video for “Living Low” a few months ago, things exploded pretty quickly. The song got picked up by Sirius/XM Octane and a number of terrestrial radio stations throughout the country in Texas, Washington, Illinois, Idaho, Wisconsin, and Iowa. It all happened really fast, and it was a total surprise since the song was recorded in my home studio with zero budget and zero industry help. As a result, some great business opportunities have been happening behind the scenes, and we should be announcing some cool news very soon! Stay tuned…

What are you looking forward to the most about Las Rageous and what could one expect from your live show?
I’m looking forward to reconnecting with some old friends. Some of these bands are the same ones I’ve played festivals and/or tours with over the years. I’m also excited to have such a killer opportunity to play in front of our hometown crowd! Code Red Riot is such a new band, that most of Las Vegas haven’t seen us live yet. The crowd should expect a show with commitment, passion, melody and balls.

How did you come up with your band name?
The phrase “Code Red Riot” has been kicking around my brain for a long time. When I was coming up with potential band names, it appeared on the list because I felt it symbolized the urgency of needing to do something meaningful, and something quick. Then I found a list of band names I made 10 years ago, and there it was again… I had come up with the exact same phrase 10 years apart! So, I felt like it was meant to be.

Select two songs you plan to play at Las Rageous and what inspired the lyrics.
I don’t like to specify what my lyrics are about, because I feel like listeners should be able to create their own interpretation of each song. So much mystique and ambiguity has disappeared from art and music over the past decade… it’s taken some of the fun and playfulness away with it. I’d like the listener use their imagination, like reading a book, rather than simply have the story told and the interpretation dictated by someone else, like watching a movie. The book is always better than the movie.

If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
The original line-ups of either Guns n’ Roses or Van Halen, because frankly, they were the best, and they epitomized rock n’ roll at its finest.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
With my last band, there were far too many to mention in one short interview. However, I will say this: You don’t want your RV to start breaking into 2 pieces… And you don’t want your trailer to blow a tire. On the road, you gotta do your best to keep a close watch on your equipment, and keep up with vehicle maintenance.

What’s up next for your band after Las Rageous?
Officially, I can’t say yet. But there will be some cool announcements soon, I promise. 🙂

Any final words of wisdom?
Do what you love. Believe in yourself. And play with passion.

Code Red Riot on Facebook

A Friend, A Foe

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in your band and how long you have been together.
We are…
Juan, Lead Vocals
Chase, Guitar and Clean Vocals
Matt, Guitar and Meaty Vocals
Stephen, Bass and Backing Vocals
Charlie, Percussion
And we have been a band since late 2012.

What are your overall impressions of the Las Vegas music scene and how does your band fit into the scheme of things?
The Las Vegas music scene, in short, is one big family. The support system we’ve managed to gain out here is truly something beautiful. No matter the style you play, and with people like Solid Ground Booking aiding the underground, you’ll always have a place in the pack.

What are you looking forward to the most about Las Rageous and what could one expect from your live show?
We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with bands we grew up listening to. Every show, we try to step it up and bring something new to the table. Las Rageous will be something extra special. We hope to give everyone our best energy and nothing but good vibes.

What is the name of your current or upcoming album or EP and is there any overall concept behind the title?
Our most recent release, “The Risk in Playing It Safe” is a 6-song EP consisting of 6 compositions we feel best represent ourselves. The name is an encouragement to everyone, ourselves included, to step outside the box. To try something new. Don’t be afraid to wander into unknown territory because of what others might think or because it may feel uncomfortable, you might miss an important opportunity.

Select two songs you plan to play at Las Rageous and what inspired the lyrics.
Firstly, our song Gray Matter was inspired by a something very important to us. The general outline came from the controversy surrounding race at the moment. Up until this point we’ve used our musical platform to address a variety of topics with the exception of current events. We felt the need to share our thoughts on everything and possibly offer a different perspective. If you have a chance, give it a listen at www.youtube.com/afafofficial. Another song we feel strongly represents our thought process right now is The Space Between. It’s a song about self-struggle, finding yourself, And also finding clarity in a world that can be very confusing at times.

If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
RATM, enough said.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
Well, this one time Stephen lost his vape…he found it. But there was a good 15 minutes where we weren’t sure the fate of the band, scary stuff.

What’s up next for your band after Las Rageous?
Tour and more music! The grind continues.

Any final words of wisdom?
Support your friends, stay humble…..
& dip your fries in vanilla ice cream.

A Friend, A Foe on Facebook

NΛTIONS

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in your band and how long you have been together.
My name is Nik Johnson (drummer) & also Mason Wright (lead guitar) of NΛTIONS. We’ve been a band for almost 2 years now.

What are your overall impressions of the Las Vegas music scene and how does your band fit into the scheme of things?
The Vegas music scene has changed many times from pop rock to hardcore and everything in between. However, NΛTIONS fits right in the middle with catchy R&B vocals from our singer Danny & the heavier side from our vocalist Chad.
Our goal is to be a dynamic band that can cover all the bases. Everything from ambient parts w/ soft vocals to pummeling breakdowns. We like to take the listener on a roller coaster ride of sounds.

What are you looking forward to the most about Las Rageous and what could one expect from your live show?
Just the privilege of being able to share the same stage as such acts is what we work so hard for. We’re ready to thrown down and just leave it all on the stage. As for a live show expectations, NΛTIONS is all about energy on stage and being able to get the crowd involved. There will be a lot of fresh ears in the crown that have never heard of us so our goal is to really get the crowd moving and to engage with us.

What is the name of your current or upcoming album or EP and is there any overall concept behind the title?
We are currently in the studio writing a new record to follow our ‘self titled‘ EP we released in 2015. This new sound is something really special to us because it’s about the growing process of the band & battling certain obstacles in life. The record is untitled as of now and to be honest we’ll probably wait until it’s completely finished to be able to finalize the album/concept as a whole.

Select two songs you plan to play at Las Rageous and what inspired the lyrics.
Replay” is a new song we’re playing. This song is about someone that just wakes up day in and day out repeating the same routine. It speaks about finding your passion and straying away from normal 9-5.

Smoke & Mirrors” is a new one as well, this one is about someone that helped you through a dark time but they can’t seem to save their own self. Sometimes in life you have to leave behind someone that is bringing you down. The harsh reality is that someone might have helped you evolve as a person and you may eventually evolve beyond what they’re capable of. The main idea is that sometimes cutting someone out of your life is essential to your own mental health and sanity, even though it can be tough letting go.

If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I would have to say we all agree on Underoath or even Linkin Park. Those two have been such a huge staple in the music industry and they’ve been around for decades. Both bands possess the same quality we strive for and that’s the dynamics. The ability to have songs from ballads, ambient piano driven tracks all the way to heavy tracks that never let up.
The diversity they have is unbelievable.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
Welp, breaking down on tour in 80mph winds is always a good one. Mind you, it was pitch black and on a crazy steep incline….
Not the happiest of times haha

What’s up next for your band after Las Rageous?
The new record is our 100% focus. Writing, writing, writing. We want to have 30-40 songs to choose from for this record.

Any final words of wisdom?
Stay humble & stay strong always.

NΛTIONS on Facebook

We Gave It Hell

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in your band and how long you have been together.
What’s up! I’m Taylor, and I play lead microphone. The band originally started back in 2010 under a different name, but with this current line-up we’ve been a band about 4 years.

What are your overall impressions of the Las Vegas music scene and how does your band fit into the scheme of things?
The Vegas music scene has really blossomed over the past few years. It’s really awesome to see so many talented bands, rappers, and other artists getting a lot more recognition recently. It was rough for awhile. All ages venues were opening and closing left and right for a solid couple years until we solidified a few places. Everyone in this band was in different bands in the scene before WGIH even started. We’ve all been in this scene for years and it will always be our favorite scene to be a part of. Our band is like pretty much every other band in the scene in the sense that we strive to have the best live show we can, and put out the best music that we’re capable of making.

What are you looking forward to the most about Las Rageous and what could one expect from your live show?
We are honored to play with so many rad bands over the course of 2 days. I’m excited to not only play, but to watch all the bands. Every band on this bill is sick. Never thought I’d ever get the chance to share the stage with Godsmack or Coheed. We’re playing a new song, and it’s definitely our heaviest one to date. I’m excited to see how people react to it. Overall, our set is pretty heavy. We’re gonna try and punch everyone in the dicks since we’re the first band in the main stage, so cover your wieners and prepare yourself for a gnarley rock show.

What is the name of your current or upcoming album or EP and is there any overall concept behind the title?
We’re releasing a new song called “Heretic” on April 15th, and it’s probably the heaviest and most pissed off song we’ve put out to date. It’s really personal to me and something I’ve been wanting to get off my chest for a while. It’s essentially a big fuck you to anyone who would use the death of someone close to them as a way to bring more attention to themselves. We’re really excited for people to finally hear it.

Select two songs you plan to play at Las Rageous and what inspired the lyrics.
LVE is about not letting anyone tell you where you need to go in life. There was a time in my life where I felt like I wasn’t going the right direction in my life, and I got really mad with myself about it. I thought that because at a certain age I wasn’t a college graduate, I had no idea what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and I wasn’t as successful as other people, that I was somehow inadequate or behind in life. Just because someone else doesn’t think that you’re successful, doesn’t mean you aren’t going the right direction. This song is about not getting down on yourself because other people don’t approve of what you’re doing.

Magnus is probably the hardest song I’ve ever had to write. I wrote the song about my best friend Reid Haller who passed away in 2013 after a motorcycle accident. The song is not only about all the emotions I went through after it happened but also about realizing how finite life really is. It’s about remembering to cherish and love the people closest to you, because you never know when they aren’t going to be around anymore. The song is called Magnus because at one point in our friendship, Reid said that his stripper name would be Magnus Cuff. I don’t remember exactly where the name came from, but I thought it would be a funny way to pay tribute to him. I definitely think he would have appreciated it.

If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Deftones is a big influence on everyone in the band, so I everyone in the band would be stoked to open for them. They’re one of my favorite bands to watch and I think it’d be awesome to play with them.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
On our tour with Smoke Signals this past December, we had the longest overnight drive we’ve ever had to make on a tour. We had to drive from Salt Lake City to Seattle overnight and there was a snowstorm right in the middle of the drive. We ended up getting stuck once early in the morning because we made a wrong turn. After we managed to make our way out of deep snow, we got back on the road and the storm got worse. We ended up having to pull off the road and wait for the snow plow to clear the roads and in the process got ourselves stuck again. While we were trying to get ourselves out of the ditch we rolled into, another band, A Wilhelm Scream, saw us in trouble and hopped out of their van and eventually helped us get out of the ditch. We got back on the road and made the show in Seattle 30 minutes before our set. It was overall about a 16 hour drive, but it was one of my favorite shows of that tour. We had to leave right after our set to do another 10 hour drive that night. That tour was a nightmare for drives.

What’s up next for your band after Las Rageous?
We plan to hit the studio right after Las Rageous and tour more later in the year.

Any final words of wisdom?
Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Jam “Heretic” when it comes out and keep your eyes out for more new music soon. Cheers!

We Gave It Hell on Facebook

Band performance times for Las Rageous are as follows:

Friday, April 21:

Stage A
11:00 p.m. – Godsmack
9:20 p.m. – Coheed and Cambria
7:40 p.m. – Of Mice & Men
6:25 p.m. – We Gave It Hell

Stage B
10:10 p.m. – Anthrax
8:30 p.m. – Killswitch Engage
6:50 p.m. – The Devil Wears Prada
6:00 p.m. – A Friend, A Foe
5:20 p.m. – KOMP Battle of the Bands Winner (to be announced)

Saturday, April 22:

Stage A
11:00 p.m. – Avenged Sevenfold
9:20 p.m. – Mastodon
7:40 p.m. – All That Remains
6:25 p.m. – Nations

Stage B
10:10 p.m. – Breaking Benjamin
8:30 p.m. – Eagles of Death Metal
6:50 p.m. – Escape The Fate
6:00 p.m. – Code Red Riot
5:30 p.m. – KOMP Battle of the Bands Winner (to be announced)

All ages are welcome and doors open at 4:00 p.m., both days. The festival will also feature a collection of wandering freak show performers and a Vegas scene foodie-focused Food Truck Village.

Las Rageous is produced by Live Nation Las Vegas.

For more information on Las Rageous, please visit:
http://www.LasRageous.com
http://www.facebook.com/LasRageous
http://www.twitter.com/LasRageous

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