Sons Of Texas: The Raging Sounds of The Rio Grande
Sons Of Texas are ready to rage, unleashing their own swampy brand of rock and metal onto the world at large. The debut on Razor & Tie is entitled Baptized In The Rio Grande—produced by the one and only Josh Wilbur, who has worked with the likes of Lamb Of God, Crowbar, and Hatebreed. Fans of Pantera and Metallica are destined to meet up with a new favorite when discovering what the Sons Of Texas has to offer. Here is a recent interview we conducted with this Lone Star State collective to find out more about their dynamic new album and their adventures on, above and beyond the Rio Grande. Read on..
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Sons Of Texas, and how long the band has been together.
Hey there, name’s Mark, and I sing for the band. The band formed in late 2011, but we didn’t come full circle til January of 2013, with our current lineup.
Where is your band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We come from the most southern tip of America, McAllen, Texas to be exact. I’d say the current status of the music scene here in South Texas, is alive and well. Comprised of numerous cover and original acts, our dynamic and incestuous music scene showcases music from all across the spectrum. There is just a hell of a lot of talent down here in the Rio Grande Valley.
How did you wind up signing to Razor & Tie Records?
How did we end up signing to Razor and Tie? It’s a LONG story! But, here’s the gist of it. Back in March of 2012, we were discovered at the annual South By SouthWest music festival in Austin TX, by a guy named Shane Wells (RedBull Records.) He was one of the countless A&R guys scouting out the entire festival. He heard us, was impressed by the music, and kept in touch til the next time he saw us at SXSW 2013. After being certain his label wasn’t going to make a move on us, he asked for our permission to pass our music along, and so he did. Months later, it landed in the hands of our soon to be attorney, Eric German, who then got Mike Gitter (Razor and Tie) interested in us. Weeks later, in July of 2013, Gitter flew down to watch us perform at some hole in the wall place called Dan Electro’s in Houston Texas. He really liked what he heard, and on October 3rd, 2013, we inked a deal with Razor and Tie Records.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Baptized In The Rio Grande?
The whole concept of “Baptized In the Rio Grande” was just to give a little insight into who we are, where we come from, and the whole idea of not necessarily having to come from a hotbed of music and art to make a name for yourself. We wanted to show the world that South Texas ain’t just miles and miles of dirt and dry foliage. It’s so much more than the barren wasteland that’s painted in people’s minds. So essentially, this album pays homage to where we come from.
Select two songs from Baptized In The Rio Grande and what inspired the lyrics.
Two of my favorite tunes on the album have to be “The Vestryman,” and “Texas Trim.”
“Vestryman” is a tune that conveys a strong sense of loyalty and devotion to anything you’re passionate about. And well, “Trim” is a straight up rock n’ roll tune based on the fundamentals of Rock n’ Roll….you know, “rockin’ and rollin,” doing the “hibbidy dibbidy,” doing “the dirty laundry?” Catch my drift?
What was it like working producer Josh Wilbur and what did he contribute to the overall recording process?
Working with Josh Wilbur was one hell of an experience to say the least. He is one of the most humble, down to earth, candid dudes you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. What did he contribute? Well other than making our record sound fucking phenomenal, he brought a sense of “lightness” to the whole process. Being that this was our debut album, we were all nervous wrecks besides being extremely ecstatic, so the pressure was on. With his waggish and quick-witted humor, Josh mitigated the whole recording process, and made it a wonderful experience that we will never forget.
What could one expect from a live Sons Of Texas show?
Expect nothing less than “High Octane BREWtality!” Five sweaty, hairy, beer gutted, southern boys getting their grind on!
What are you looking forward to the most about your three upcoming festival appearances?
We’re looking forward to meeting new people, drinking some cold ones, and having a good time.
If Sons Of Texas could open up for any band or artist either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
The list of bands is endless when it comes to our many different influences. But it’s safe to say that THE common denominator in this band is Pantera. I think we all could die very happy dudes if we ever had the chance to share the stage with them dudes. HELL, we could die happy just to get the chance to watch them live!
What’s up next for Sons Of Texas?
What’s next for The Sons? Touring upon touring, spreading that SOTX message!
Any final words of wisdom?
Well, in the words of the late Macho Man Randy Savage, “Nothing means Nothing!”
Sons Of Texas are:
Mark Morales: Vocals
Mike Villarreal: Drums
Nick Villarreal: Bass
Jon Olivares: Guitar
Jes De Hoyos: Guitar
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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