Theater & Arts

Artists you should know: Subdue

If there's one thing to learn from local band SubduE, it's that rock is a universal language.

The five-piece band -- Tony Lopez (vocals), Ricardo Guevara (guitar), Carlos Mendoza (guitar) Arion Tucker (bass) and Chris Lawrence (drums) -- has a cultural makeup that includes black, white, Japanese, Mexican and Spanish.

"We share a tremendous passion for making music," says Guevara. "That was the idea four years ago when we were simply jamming in a garage, and it is the idea now, as we get ready to release our debut EP."

The band will release that EP with an 8:45 p.m. Saturday show at Starline, 831 E. Fern Ave. Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the door. We talked to Guevara to learn more about SubduE.

Describe your style and influences? Dream Theater, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Avenged Sevenfold, Mozart, Andrés Segovia, Carlos Santana, you name it. We like powerful, melodic, heavy progressive rock, and that is what we aim to write. Some of us have played our instruments since grade school, some of us have degrees in music -- because of this we constantly challenge ourselves to write music that moves you from the first second but also music that might take more then one listen to truly grasp.

Tell us about the album you are releasing. This album will be a nine-song EP. Some of the songs were written five years ago, some of them a mere two months ago. However, they all demonstrate the thought and sweat that was put in each and every one of them. In the album, you will hear everything from a hard-driving exhilarating rock song to classical guitar and bass interludes.

What separates you guys from other hard rock bands in town? It is always a peculiar thing to hear bands claim that they have come to "put an end to current emo trends in rock music and bring back the old days of metal," and yet you hear their stuff and it sounds exactly as what they claim to revert. We won't claim that. Instead, we believe we stand out because we are in it for the love of it, and when you pour your life into something, people are bound to relate.

Describe your live show in exactly 13 words. In your face, intricate raw power that will make you want to headbang.

What should people expect from SubduE in the future? The CD release is just the beginning. We are already hard at work on the next several songs/CD. We will be releasing a music video for our song "One For All" in October and will also be filming a documentary-style film on our past, present and future. Next year holds a West Coast tour with our Diehardz 4 Diehardz friends, Down Word. After -- only time will tell. There is one thing that is for certain though: We will continue to write, to scream, to fight, to find life, because this gives us purpose, and if not for purpose, then why do it at all?

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Know a local musician that more people should be familiar with? Send the who and why to Mike Osegueda, mosegueda@