Interview: Sons of Texas
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:21:40
Southern metal is about to rise again. Sons of Texas are its catalyst too with their full-length debut for Razor & Tie, Baptized In the Rio Grande. Guitarist Jes De Hoyos tells us all about it too in this interview. The riffs are thicker than a slab of Austin ribs, while the vocals conjure Pantera with a hint of ZZ Top. It’s everything that metal heads have been waiting for and so much more. Moreover, it grooves unbelievably.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Jes De Hoyos of Sons of Texas talks the Baptized in the Rio Grande and so much more.
What was your vision for Baptized In the Rio Grande?
The entire record is just what came out. Have you ever gone to a bar and seen a variety band? They start playing these covers. They play something you know from the radio, and you’re like, “Man this band is really on point!” The idea was to have that same concept but for originals. We wanted to write something that was a little bit for everybody, if that makes sense. There are ballads here. There’s some metal, rock ‘n’ roll, and blues. We put it all into one place. We wanted to have something for everybody, and it ended up working out.
How much of it comes from being in a musically diverse and rich area like Texas?
I would say probably all of it [Laughs]. We get the blues from the North. We get some Spanish music. We get some heavy metal. We get some rock. We take elements from everywhere.
Do songs typically begin with riffs?
Yeah! 90 percent of the time, it starts with a riff or guitar work. We take it to the practice space. Once we get a solid idea going, Mark will take a small phone recording of what we’re doing, and he’ll have a draft of what he wants written lyrically in a day or two. We’ll work it out together.
What’s the story behind “Texas Trim?”
I’ll be honest man…”Texas Trim” ain’t about getting a haircut [Laughs]. It’s about the love for the ladies, you know what I mean? That’s all ladies.
Where did “September” come from?
That was out of left field for Mark. He came up with these lyrics after working on an idea we had on guitar. He came up with a beginning riff. Once applied, it was John or I working out the guitars. Then, Mark wrote the lyrics.
What song speaks to you the most?
I got to be honest. It’s the entire record.
The group is about to hit the road too! Don’t miss it!
April 22- Houston, Texas- Scout Bar
April 23- Hattiesburg, Mississippi- The Tavern
April 25- Jacksonville, Florida- Welcome to Rockville*
April 26- Atlanta, Georgia- The Masquerade - Opening for Buck Cherry
April 27- Huntington, West Virginia- V Club
April 28- Springfield, Virginia- Empire
April 29- Richmond, Virginia- The Canal Club
April 30- Virginia Beach, Virginia- Shakas
May 2- Concord, North Carolina- Carolina Rebellion*
May 3- Columbus, Georgia- Sports Page- Opening for Framing Hanley
May 5- Little Rock, Arkansas- Stickyz Rock n Roll Chicken Shack
May 6- Fayetteville, Arkansas- George’s Majestic Lounge
May 7- Monroe, Louisiana- Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom
May 22- Beaumont, Texas- Jefferson Theatre- Opening for Fozzy
5/23- Pryor, Oklahoma- Rocklahoma*
May 24- Anthony, Texas- Wet n’ Wild Water World- KLAQ Festival*
May 26- Lubbock, Texas- FMX Big Purple Party at Lonestar Amphitheater*
May 27- Belton, Texas- Bell County Expo Center- Festival*
May 29- San Antonio, Texas- KROVA
May 31- Dallas, Texas- KEGL’s BFD Show at GEXA Energy Pavilion*
June 13- Austin, Texas- Cowboy Harley Davidson Festival* *Festival
For tickets and more info, visit SonsOfTexasMusic.com.