Unlike many heavy metal or hard rock bands hailing from the Lone Star state, Sons Of Texas hasn’t been cutting its teeth in the live music capital of Austin. It hasn’t been the latest group to add to the legacy of the Dallas/Fort Worth area that the band regarded as the greatest Texas metal unit, Pantera, calls home.
Rather, Sons Of Texas stayed true to its Rio Grande Valley roots. So much so that the McAllen natives named their 2015 album Baptized in the Rio Grande. It’s on the strength of that record that Sons Of Texas supported Hellyeah — the band led by former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul — last weekend for a few dates, and it’s also the impetus for the group returning to the Alamo City on Wednesday, Feb. 4 supporting Hinder. Within Reason and Ages Apart are also on the bill (tickets here).
Sons Of Texas can always lay claim to being the answer to a trivia question: it is the first band to have hit the stage at San Antonio’s largest annual metal festival — the River City Rockfest over Memorial Day weekend — when it made the most of its 20-minute set on the second stage in 2013 outside the AT&T Center (see coverage in “Suggested” links below). The group returned to the festival the following year, and it remains to be seen whether it will be back for RCR No. 4 this May.
Either way, vocalist and lyricist Mark Morales, lead guitarist Jes De Hoyos, rhythm guitarist Jon Olivarez, bassist Nick Villarreal and drummer Mike Villarreal show their eclectic styles ranging from in-your-face heavy — literally — to the more bluesy side of the ledger on their album. Songs such as “Never Bury the Hatchet,” the title track and “Nothing King” are indicative of Sons Of Texas’ rockin’ side, while “Breathing Through My Wounds” and “September” showcase their softer one. Which side will reign at the Aztec gig? Why did they change their name to Sons Of Texas from what they were known as at the River City Rockfest?
Click here to listen to Wednesday’s exclusive chat with De Hoyos to get those answers and more. For a sample of Sons Of Texas in action, watch the video for “Blameshift” here.
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