By Waleed Rashidi
MEMBERS & INSTRUMENTS:
Jed Rangel (guitar); Francisco Meza (bass); Marco Beraud (drums, vocals); Roland Rojas (percussion, vocals); Agustin Tinajero (lead vocals).
CITIES OF ORIGIN:
Los Rudos (2011).
Voodoo Glow Skulls, Sublime, 311, Slipknot, Dr. Dre, The Smiths, Bob Marley and the Wailers (in fact, most of the Marley family) and many others.
If this week’s Band of the Week seems to strike a moment of déjà vu, well, you’re not totally alone. A Riverside-area ska-punk band with the word “Rudo” in its name was featured in our pages not all that long ago. And in the spirit of becoming the Inland Empire’s most consistent local music column, we figured that another band whose credentials seem eerily similar wouldn’t be a bad thing.
Actually, it’s a great thing. Los Rudos, a five-piece formed in late 2005, are gearing up for its self-titled, full-length release next week. Los Rudos’ show is Friday the 13th at the Vibe, with none other than BOTW alums Rudo Movimiento. Got that straight?
“For the most part, people don’t really confuse the two bands,” says Los Rudos vocalist Agustin Tinajero. “We are both locals from Riverside, but if you are into the underground ska scene and keep up with it, you will know the difference. However, there have been a few times where we have been confused for them or vice-versa.”
Speaking of the Riverside ska scene, Los Rudos’ sound takes some cues from area legends (and ska-punk pioneers) the Voodoo Glow Skulls and the Skeletones, a pair of acts Los Rudos members admire, particularly for their work ethic. “They built up the scene from nothing,” Tinajero says. “For now, we are working hard and trying to make our way up . . . No matter how hard it gets, we just need to keep our heads up and keep pushing ourselves and each other. One day, we hope to be on their level of greatness.”
They’re certainly getting some reciprocated respect, having been able to share a bill with the Glow Skulls last Halloween. “They asked us to open up for them, and right away, we jumped on it,” says Tinajero.
And now, the bilingual ensemble are jumping on an impending album release, dropping their 14-track self-produced collection that features an assortment of songs about “troubles in our own government and economy, situations we have encountered, and we even have a few love songs,” says Tinajero. Hey, if anything, it’ll certainly be something you likely haven’t encountered before. (Waleed Rashidi)
Los Rudos with Rudo Movimiento, Mafia Rusa, Mula and La Liberacion at The Vibe, 1805 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 788-0310; www.myspace.com/thevibebarandgrill. Fri, May 13, 8PM. $8.