Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana
MEMBERS & INSTRUMENTS:
Clint Johnson (guitar, vocals); George Vine (bass); Darren Schokman (drums); Josh Camacho (banjo).
Anywhere from Joe Strummer to Jake Burns to Johnny Cash to Johnny Horton with a dash of early ’60s reggae . . . and anything in between, they say.
The Badlandz (coming this year).
As contemporary music glides further away from the inception of rock, which is now weighing in at some 60 years ago (depending on where you gauge the start of the genre—we’ll flip the first page of our rock calendars to somewhere near “Rock Around the Clock”), the listening public has been faced with the splintering of the style and its derivatives into, well, sub-subgenres and seemingly endless offshoots. Yes, rock today is infused with myriad elements hailing from countless corners and cultures, and bands like the Dead Enderz appear to be game in this genre-defying relay.
True melting pots in contemporary music are still somewhat rare, but the Dead Enderz—with a prevailing rockabilly aesthetic replete with shufflin‘ drums and an upright bass that receives its fair share of fretboard lashings—aren’t afraid to dump some chunks of punk, swing, reggae and bluegrass into their thunderous goulash, as they’ve been doing for the past three years.
And drummer Darren Schokman guarantees that their something-for-everybody recipe leaves listeners satisfied. But until the band finally releases its 15-song Badlandz full-length—which according to Schokman is “currently not available yet to our fans yet due to our poor asses being broke”—folks will have to catch the Dead Enderz tuneage in a live setting (or hop onto the band’s MySpace page for a sampling of what’s potentially on deck).
“We love playing live and we play from the heart,” says Schokman. “Combine that with high energy and all the different styles we play and it’s a show that our fans can fun at and forget all their worries and problems for the night.”
One Dead Enderz gig where such “worries and problems” were likely relinquished to the category of the forgotten was during a special event at the Mission Tiki Drive-In in Montclair. “That show had everything,” says an enthused Schokman. “Bands, barbecue, burlesque dancers, hot rods and what more to complete the night with a drive-in movie from the comfort of our own cars? It may not sound too exciting, but what band can say they played an old drive-in movie theater?!”
Dead Enderz at The Ghost Town, 2135 Glen Helen Pkwy., San Bernardino; www.myspace.com/ghostownpromotions. Sat, Feb. 13, 7PM.