Scordatura Vita- El Paso’s Best Local Rock Profile
Who are all the members of your band, and what do they play?
Well… we’re like a savory multi-layered cake. First, we start off with the heavy but epic-like sweet crust, our resident heavy hitting drummer, Vince Cortez. That creamy, palette enlightening (White) cake breading base is of course none other than… well… the bassist, Chris Schoemann. Alan Hering and I, Louie Foix, round out the virtuoso guitar work like a decadent powerhouse of savory cheesecake spread, and of course Luis Amador, the vocalist who takes the cake… is like a big ol’ cherry on the top.
When did the band get together, and how?
SV started out as a post high school gathering in April of 2007 of three guys with nothing better to do. True story. I met up with our ex-Rhythm Guitarist/Bassist Mario Galvan, and in no time we both realized that we owned guitars that we had absolutely no clue how to play. Time to start a band, right?! I played my three memorized chords complete with three note leads and pushed out vocals reminiscent of a cat in heat, Vince busted out mad beats on pots and pans (Literally), and Mario started out playing rhythm… not knowing how to play rhythm. With the arrival of new members came new chords, leads, a bass-line or two, beats and a vocalist who could actually sing! We hope you enjoy our evolved sound… heh.
How would you describe your music to someone?
Many people have asked us what we sound like. At first, I didn’t know what to say. Uh… Metal? Then one day I posted something on our Facebook page that I think sums us up quite nicely. See what you think: We’re like Metallica’s retard child, on crack. Curious how that works out? Come see us play and I think you’ll have your answer.
Who are some of the bands that influence your music?
Who influences SV? We’re like a mutt who has no clue what breed it is…heh. We’ve got a little Metallica, Death, All That Remains, Symphony X, Boston, Arsis, Black Sabbath and a ton more forefathers to thank for our frankenstein monster creation of blended sounds that we call our own.
What is your most memorable gig so far?
All gigs are a big thing for us, but which one stands out? As impossible as this one seems to answer, I’m going to have to go with our “The Blind Pig Pub” show on 6th Street in Austin, Tx. Somehow, we turned the place upside down, met some of the most wild assortment of fans you’ll ever find, earned a free hundred bucks after the first hundred… AND got out of there alive. All in a days work, my friends… heh.
Are you currently signed to any kind of label or management?
Is SV signed? The easy answer would be “No”, but easy answers are no fun. So, the hard answer is “Not right now”. See the difference? As for management, we owe a ton to our great team at “Texas Meltdown Entertainment”. Look ‘em up.
What other bands have your members been/are in?
Well, here’s a little secret. We’re actually three fifths made up of an old band who played Balloonfest a couple years back. You may recognize Luis Amador, Chris Schoemann and Alan Hering from the band Dexima. Crazy, right? Absolutely. Our guitarist Alan Hering has also played in a slew of bands (Including “An Endless Fight”). What about the drummer and I, you ask? We’re not into multiple partners… heh.
What other local bands would you recommend people check out?
Who plays a mean tune here at home? With each show, the list gets longer and longer. Here’s our top picks that we think will kick you in the teeth and keep you coming back for more: The Archetyped, Alodex, Voyeur, Dark Aria, Epitaph Romance, Terror Eyes and All That Bleeds.
Where can people contact you to book you for shows?
You might still be wondering how the hell we seriously just referred to ourselves as a cake. Yes, that totally happened. Or… you could be wondering how you reach this bunch of misfits. Well, good news! You can head over to any of the following: facebook.com/svtheband, svtheband.com or e-mail us. Put your mom’s to bed and get your horns ready!
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