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The Roxy Theatre West Hollywood, CA

Material: Sometimes new artists obsess so much about reinventing the musical wheel that they forget that rock can often be powerful in its most simplistic form. That’s not to devalue the music that KINGSIZE makes; far from it. This group are a no frills, straightforward rock band, and they rock well. Harkening back to classic acts like AC/DC and the Sex Pistols, KINGSIZE pour extreme energy and raw emotion into every one of their songs. As a result, this blistering Los Angeles three-piece could quickly find airplay on Alternative and Active rock radio formats. Musicianship: Gordon’s vocals are often direct, almost primal in nature. Occasionally he mixes in a surprisingly sweet falsetto, providing just enough variety to keep the songs from sounding repetitive. Beare is a wonder on the fretboard. On “The Technocratic” his riffs sound equal parts funky and haunting, while “Elevator” sees him engage in a tirade of fuzzed out, garage rock sound. DelVecchio is the unsung hero of the group. Though his steady bass playing isn’t attention grabbing, it supplies the essential foundation for each

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KINGSIZE song. Still, one can’t help but wish the material gave a few more moments for him to highlight his talent. Performance: KINGSIZE filled the room with energy from the moment the curtain opened. Frontman Gordon displayed a dynamic stage presence, his showmanship engaging the crowd from the first note. Though his voice was not perfect, it didn’t need to be. It was powerful, at times guttural, and brought forth the intensity necessary for the songs. An early set favorite was “Heart Surgery,” its driving beat and catchy chorus instantly resonating with the crowd. “Your Camera Never Caught The Lie” began subdued before building to a powerful chorus, its tone reminiscent of some


Contact: Web: The Players: Jason Thomas Gordon, vocals, drums, percussion; Cary Beare, guitar, bass, piano; Matt DelVecchio, bass, organ. Username: KINGSIZE

of Bruce Springsteen’s finest work. Throughout the night, Beare shredded through an array of solos. At times, his focus was so intense you could actually see the veins popping through his skin. Closing number “Elevator” whipped the audience into a frenzy, as all those in the crowd chanted along to the words. Summary: Thanks to forceful performances like this one, KINGSIZE have already seen their profile grow throughout the Los Angeles area. Their songs have also been licensed to films and TV shows, further expanding the group’s reach. With their debut LP All the Machines out now, KINGSIZE seem poised to make the jump from local buzz band to natural success story. – Corey Irwin

Westland, MI

Contact: Dana Forreste, Web: The Players: Robert Libres, lead vocals; Peder Seglund, rhythm guitar, backup vocals; Brent Hall, lead guitar; Dana Forrester, bass, backup vocals; Ryan Schimming, drums. Username: deadinfive

Musicianship: The term “veteran” would not be an overstatement in describing this band. You get the sense that you are witnessing the culmination of those who have experienced years of one-nighters, all-night diners, smoky beer-soaked stages and insomnia-tinged recording sessions. Hence, they hit the stage with a musical arsenal that imbues a team concept, mad skills and big ears. Each member appropriately interacts and feeds off the other’s energy; the rhythm section is steady, the guitars are huge and the lead pipes of Robert Libres slice through the din like an angel. Performance: Dead in 5 appeared in a proverbial cloud of smoke and, from the first note, proceeded to pummel the audience like a freight train. Grinding it out with all the bravado 54 November 2013

DEAD IN 5 and fervor reserved for a major arena, Dana Forrester’s warm and pulsating bass lines gave solid footing to Peder Seglund’s crunchy chords and Ryan Schimming’s frenetic beats. Libres frequently hopped on a separate platform that shot up beams of ominous light. Guitarist Brent Hall weaved melodic lines in and out with Seglund, adding warmth and fullness to the band’s hard, melodic mix. Libres had a nice rapport going with the crowd as well, further stoking the room’s interactive vibe.


Material: The music of the Motor City’s Dead in 5 is visceral, aggressive and amped up to 11. Combine one part Rob Zombie with equal parts Ministry, Velvet Revolver and even Johnny Cash and you’ll feel the power of their aural onslaught. Songs such as “Pressure Head” and “Outlaw Hellride #9” drive it home, built on a foundation of post-‘90s industrial noise, melodic metal and a no limit attitude.

Summary: Dead in 5 are one of the finest modern hard rock acts on the scene today. They’ve got all the classic touchstones one would seek in a band; a tangible “street cred” image, stellar musicianship and a visually strong fan base. Highly entertaining, their songs contain memorable hooks and are vividly engaging. One to watch! – Eric A. Harabadian

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