By Noe Gutierrez
Satanic Johnny will be performing at Stickyfest on November 10, 2018 at The Palms located in Twenty Nine Palms, California with bands Throw the Goat, Sticky Doll, Sleazy Cortez, Brain Vat, Mega Sun, Instigator, The Wastedeads, Generic Response, Drop Mob, KARR, The Dirt Boys, ORMUS and UU. The all-ages event is outdoors and offers free camping. Tickets can be purchased for $12 on-line or $15 at the door. Members of the military and children under 16 with parent receive free admission with identification. You can purchase tickets now at: stickyfest.com. Coachella Valley Weekly spoke with Satanic Johnny vocalist Moses Gonzalez as they fiendishly prepare for their Stickyfest performance.
CVW: You describe Satanic Johnny as “experimental metal”. Can you please elaborate on that?
Gonzalez: “Well, the reason why we call ourselves experimental is because we don’t really fit in with a specific genre. We’re like a cross between metal, punk and hard rock. It’s its own monster. We write whatever we feel like. The way our songs come out are the way they come out, you know what I mean? We don’t sit down and go, OK we’re going to do some thrash songs or we need to sound like this, or we need to sound like that, they just come out the way they come out and that’s that.”
CVW: You have a talented group of individuals in Satanic Johnny. What other talents do you all posses and what links you?
Gonzalez: “We are all very artistic in our own ways. Our guitar player German is an amazing artist, he can draw anything, Hector, our drummer, is the best drummer I know. And Ilya, our bass player, has a lot of influence in our song writing. Give us a few hours in the studio and we can make a whole album on the spot. We connect musically and that’s what makes this unit very special. When it comes to writing songs we all collaborate equally.”
CVW: What are your thoughts on Stickyfest and how did you get involved?
Gonzalez: “We can’t wait to play Stickyfest! Shit, a festival in the desert? Fuck yeah! We’re going to have a freaking blast! Our good friend Jennifer Devoe from L.A Talk Radio hooked us up, she’s also our manager.”
CVW: What have been your most significant and memorable shows to date?
Gonzalez: “All of our shows are special to us. Some are memorable because they were complete disasters (in our early days) and some are memorable because of an amazing turn out and crowd response. For me personally, the most memorable was playing the Whisky A Go-Go with one of my favorite bands, Ill Nino on Cinco de Mayo; a dream come true for me.”
CVW: What is the state of metal in your opinion?
Gonzalez: “The state of metal, in my opinion, is at a standstill. Let me elaborate, it’s very much alive, however, we haven’t seen too many bands from our generation get to the level of the bands that have been on top for the past 20 or even 30 years. It’s up to us as aspiring metal musicians and metal fans to keep this thing alive and to keep it growing. I have high hopes that it will continue to grow as time goes on and as long as we don’t give up.”
CVW: Have you ever performed in the desert region? If not, what do you know about our area and what are you expecting?
Gonzalez: “We have not performed in the desert. The only thing were expecting is having an amazing time adding to the Satanic Johnny legacy and tearing that stage a new asshole! Can I say that? Ha ha!”
CVW: Anything else you would like to add?
Gonzalez: “Satanic Johnny looks forward to partying with you November 10th at Stickyfest! We love you all!”
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11/10 – Twenty Nine Palms, CA – STICKYFEST – The Palms
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2/17/19 – Merida, Yucatan – with D.R.I.
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