RGV Sounds: thrash metal band Weslaco creates songs with a Texan attitude
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KVEO) – If there’s one thing Texans love, it’s talking about Texas.
References to Texas towns, restaurants, or anything remotely related to Lone Star State will grab a Texan’s attention.
If a group takes a notable Texan term and shapes it in a way that matches the music they create, that group will have the ingredients for a smash hit.
This theory has certainly benefited Lonescar, a Weslaco thrash metal band with aggressive sound and Texas-sized potential to grow big.
Lonescar was formed in 2013 from the vision of guitarist Michael Perez and bassist Mike Gonzalez. The name of the group comes from a brainstorming session between the founders. They merged a Texas Lonestar nickname with “scar”, creating a classic metal name.
“Wherever we go in the state, people see our name and wonder ‘wow, why no one thought about it before,'” Lonescar frontman Brian Valdibia joked.
Valdibia joined Lonescar in 2015 and after a few compositional changes the band chose him, Perez, Gonzalez and drummer JC Hernandez to create the definitive Lonescar lineup.
Once installed on this formation, the group released their first EP, Blood luck in 2016.
Right away, Lonescar displays a hard metal explosion reminiscent of the group’s heroes, Metallica, Havok, and Sodom, among others.
The cover of Blood luck features a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-like figure in front of the state flag, starting a Texan-style covers theme with a horror movie edge.
Lonescar will release a few more EPs and singles over the next few years before deciding that they need to record their first full album.
“We were playing shows across Texas and people were telling us they liked our music but wished they had a full album of songs to listen to,” Valdibia said. “That’s what made us want to go into the studio and record our debut.”
Following the advice of his fans, Lonescar spent much of 2019 recording his debut album.
The band spent about four months recording the record at Casa Panchita Studios in Weslaco with producer Charlie Vela.
When the final touches were made, they were finally ready to release their debut album and set the release date for January 2020.
Desire for the end was chosen as the name of the album and the band spent the end of 2019 preparing their fans for the release and spreading the word about the record.
The electrifying album is an explosion of fast guitar riffs, powerful percussion and grueling vocals that, grown together, make this record a must-have for anyone who has Pantera, Lamb of God or Sepultura on their playlists.
One of the highlights of the album is “For Envy’s Sake”, where the band offers a speed metal performance in the quick intro.
The single from the album “Images from Mauthausen” is perhaps the heaviest of the release and has drawn more listeners on digital platforms than any other track from the band, proving that Lonescar knows what they are doing. do with their hardest pieces.
They’re also not afraid to add a slightly more commercial sounding track, as the album’s closest “Lust for Her End” features a brilliant melodic intro before Valdibia’s raging vocals bring the band back in. this groove metal atmosphere.
Desire for the endThe album cover features another gruesome tune from Texas with an image of Big Tex burning down at the 2012 State Fair of Texas.
The response to the album was quite positive and Lonescar was ready to hit the road promoting their new album.
But then their plans were shattered when the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020.
Lonescar’s activity was halted as concerts were canceled across the country.
In addition to inactivity, there were personal matters that the members of the group had to take care of.
One member had a child in 2020, another got married and some were in college courses.
Launching a pandemic in the midst of those milestones and making metal music wasn’t exactly the first thing Lonescar thought of in 2020.
Despite this, the group managed to get around these issues and say that they became best friends in their spare time.
“We were teammates from 2015 to 2019, but when 2020 came along, that was the group I clung to,” said Valdibia. “We have become best friends during this time.”
Also in 2020, the group began to massively use social media as a tool to promote their group. So far, they have seen this pay off as they get good engagement with their subscribers who support them across the world.
Now that concerts are slowly coming back into play, Lonescar is looking to organize concerts to perform in the near future. They have also focused on writing music and hope to return to the studio to release more music.
Many of Lonescar’s songs are inspired by experiences of living in the Rio Grande Valley. The group is proud to live in the RGV but dreams of one day taking their music abroad and playing concerts in the stadiums.
Lonescar’s music can be found on Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, and YouTube, where you can find the band’s podcast where Valdibia interviews local musicians.
You can follow Lonescar on Facebook and Instagram.