CITY OF ORIGIN: Wildomar
MEMBERS AND INSTRUMENTS: Davis Eddy (vocals); Josh Wilson (bass); Zack Smith (guitar, backing vocals); Jesse Martinez (drums).
RECENT RELEASE: Deviant Remorse (self-released, 2008)
KINDRED SPIRITS: Megadeth, “the horns,” In Flames, good promoters, Pantera, being devious, Iron Maiden, having some sort of remorse?
As this recurring column slowly gravitates towards a better-suited title, like “What’s New in the Inland Empire Metal Scene?” it’s our pleasure to note that we’re still able to locate and get all loquacious on bands that are just starting to see their pots boil, with bubbles rising to the surface of the pan, slowly yet steadily—and metallic or not.
Chew on this week’s installment, featuring Deviant Remorse, a four-piece (definitely metal) act whose existence is a mere 10 months old, but whose wisdom is well ahead of such a tight span.
The Remorse joined forces via MySpace, and landed their first gig at the Hudson (not a bad start!). But, as drummer Jesse Martinez notes, they’re also careful when it comes to not shelling out dough to play gigs via predatory promoters, a situation that often faces many developing bands. “This is not just an IE problem, [but] all Southern California,” he says. “That’s a long subject for another time.”
As it stands, Deviant Remorse aims to ensure all receive their visceral metallic lashing. “When you see Davis explode on the crowd, Zack play his guitar with undeniable feeling, Josh playing his bass with unrelenting leads, and after our show I’m dripping with sweat, why? Because we’re putting it all out there, it is genuinely from the heart. And basically the goal is to play to the masses.”
Playing live is what makes Deviant Remorse tick, and Martinez notes they’re developing a stage strategy, in hopes that it’ll eventually manifest into a (free) slot at the Ozzfest.
“Being a successful band is a full-time business,” Martinez says. “It doesn’t matter how good you are to some of these promoters as long as you pay their fee—and they’re the ones with the big shows. There I go again. Don’t get me started.”