Corona, Riverside, Moreno Valley
MEMBERS AND INSTRUMENTS:
Vinnie Avery (lead vocals); Derrick “D-Rock” Skonecki (guitar, vocals); Charlie Berlinghoff (bass, vocals); PJ Chesney (drums).
Sundial Project (2008).
Alice in Chains, Metallica, Godsmack—yep we’ve got the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, all covered in one succinct, special metallic shot. Plus, circuit breakers, power grids and 220 volts of alternating current (’cause 110V ain’t enough).
There’s power rock, and then there’s power rock. If you’re taking it literally, look no further than Sundial Project, a band that literally brought the house electrical system down—with just one note. Just ask frontman Vinnie Avery, as he tells it best.
“As we took the stage, the opening song was counted off with drumsticks—click, click, click, click, boom!—all the power went out of the club,” he says. “Apparently the equipment had not been channeled through their power setup properly, and the opening chord took it all down. The crowd thought it was awesome and cheered and went wild there in the dark. It was great! And pretty funny.”
As long as the amps are running, it’s a guarantee that Sundial Project’s electrifying nu- and old-school metal leanings (via some supremely shredding riffs) will keep the positive energy levels crankin‘. And if the clocks stop due to an outage, there’s always a sundial to know when to rock, right?
“Time is short, time to rock, time to get things rolling, party time, that sort of thing,” Avery notes. “It was actually put out there as a working title when the band was first forming . . . We have come to love it now. It has served well in the ‘Project’ aspect of the name too—the line-up may change from time to time, but the band continues forward as a band without missing a beat.”
Electricity be damned, Sundial Project cranks ahead in its quest to blanket the region with its forceful, rocking prowess. And Avery’s all about extending the invite. “If you have never heard of Sundial Project, come check out a show,” he says. “If you have heard of us, come check it out again. We are really excited about the new vibe we have going now, and feel we have the energy and the momentum we need to take this world by storm.” Just pack your head-banging enthusiasm—and a flashlight, just in case. (Waleed Rashidi)
Sundial Project at Angels Sports Bar, 1650 E. 6th St., Corona, (951) 371-9738; www.myspace.com/angelsbar. Thurs, May 21, 8PM. $5