CD Release Party (Beerijuana 2009)
1/31/09 @ Voodoo Lounge, San Jose, CA
By Jeff Longo, Josh Kutras, & Alex Guzman
“UPDATE: San Jose heavy hitters Beerijuana debut video for ‘Drunken Power’ off their 2009 self titled debut Beerijuana. Video was directed by Juan Serna & Alex Rocha and filmed at the Beerijuana hidden lair in downtown San Jose.
Check it out here! ‘Drunken Power”
“We sound like a bulldozer full of testicles running over a field full of hippies…Beerijuana.” Now, with a description like that one might think, “I know exactly what that would sound like”. Hit play… and your fucking head explodes! Throat-bleeding vocals and ferocious riffs hold you down while a double pedal onslaught kicks your face in.
Celebrating the release of their self-titled debut record, we sit down with the entire band just before they headline at the Voodoo Lounge in San Jose. Also on the bill are
STUBBLE: So first of all congratulations this is a big night for you guys, : So what kind of music do you guys play, how long have you been around?
The Prophet: Approximately a year. Definitely metal with a little edge of everything, we like to rock it hard, we like to speed it up, we like to slow it down, we like to slap the crowd around with a little of all that…and it’s definitely been going well, things are happening faster with this band, than I think any band any of us have ever been in before.
Dr. Crazyfingers: Yeah, it’s not our first dance neither we’ve been in other bands and this is just kind of like all the stuff we wanted to do in other bands just kind of happening all at once.
Zack: We went through this phase where we thought we were jazz musicians, and did this like funny take off of a jazz tune, and then tried to rip off something from Dark Side of the moon. And so we got a friend of ours named Jessi Jane, from Suicidal Barfly, to sing on it, yeah and uh it’s a trip.
Dr. Crazyfingers: Just cause Zack couldn’t hit those notes!
STUBBLE: So in the age of classification, where everything’s got to be put into its own little box, what would your genre be?
Zack: We call it stoner metal, because there’s too much double bass and screaming for it to be stoner rock.
Dr. Crazyfingers: I mean we like aspects of all kinds of stuff there’s like; this core and that core. You know this metal and…
Zack: (King Diamond esque voice) Norwegian Black Metal!
Dr. Crazyfingers: Yeah! Yeah, fuckin’ Norwegian Black Metal and fuckin’ Southeast Indian fuckin’ Swahili metal, yeah folk metal and shit: What in the fuck? So instead of focusing on that, we just try to get to the core aspects of the stuff that we like and, just keep it simple baby.
Zack: We really write songs that we enjoy playing, so we don’t really care what they… (laughs) not to be a like a jerk but, what they sound like and what people think, we have fun playin’ em, we think they sound good. That’s kind of the ethic of what it’s all about, exactly like the doctor said, just try and keep it simple don’t over think it too much.
STUBBLE: So, what’s the scene like here in San Jose?
The Prophet: It’s been a lot stronger in the past especially for metal and hardcore bands, anything like that you know. San Jose misses the Cactus Club deeply what we’re doing here tonight at the Voodoo Lounge, hopefully will be, you know a step in the right direction for San Jose. You know that’s what needs to happen here, is the Voodoo needs to step it up, and right now that’s the only club around here that I see doing that. The Blank Club has really done a great job of getting in the national acts but now they’ve got a little competition and that’s what we need.
STUBBLE: Describe Beerijuana live, what can the uninitiated expect?
Zack: It’s like a bulldozer full of testicles running over a field of fucking hippies!
Dr. Crazyfingers: Or ‘the sound of a million emos crying out in terror before they were suddenly silenced. (the silence would be deafening…..)
You can visit Beerijuana on the interweb and check out in the studio videos, upcoming shows, and grab a CD while you’re there at:
Check out more on Beerijuana at www.beerijuana.com
Check out the Voodoo Lounge in San Jose CA. Voodooloungesj.com