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Talk Music: Vincent's Betrayal teams up with other bands for metal/reggae fusion concert

By Melissa Crowe
July 10, 2013 at 2:10 a.m.

Vincent's Betrayal

DON'T MISS IT!

• WHAT: Metal/reggae fusion concert

• WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Downtown Bar and Grill, 125 E. Constitution St.

• COST: $5 adults, $10 minors

Between hardcore moshing and chest-pounding riffs, Vincent's Betrayal explores the depths of progressive metal.

The foursome will join Rajolei Pickens and several other bands Saturday for an unconventional show featuring reggae and metal at Downtown Bar and Grill.

JT Cano caught up with Get Out to talk about the upcoming performance, how the band got started and what's happening with the state of metal in Victoria.

How did the band come together?

Me and Erick Pollard have been friends since our freshman year in high school. I was in another band at the time. ... Me and Erick stayed friends after graduation. He moved to Austin, and I moved to San Antonio. We ran back into each other at a Megadeth show in San Antonio around 2007 and started jamming again.

We were strictly an instrumental band at first. This past October, Mike Caldwell joined the band, and he became our singer.

Who is Vincent, and what is this betrayal?

We were Brazen Altar right before we made Face the Enemy.

Then we found out another band had the rights to that name.

We were starting another project with a friend, Vincent Vidaurre, then one day, he said he was taking off and moving to Corpus.

We were joking around that he betrayed us. It started off as a joke. It stuck, we liked it, so we became Vincent's Betrayal.

He thought it was cool to have a band named after him.

How is it playing in a metal band in Victoria?

The scene is growing. It's cool to have that metal band, that rock band, that indie band or reggae band.

We love all styles of metal, and we try to incorporate whatever it is we like, but it all comes back to metal. It's what we like, and it's what we do.

We like to mix it up, and they know we like to have weird shows. We'll play with whoever.

A couple of years ago, we played with some country bands; they hit us up. It was two acoustic sets and country band, and we played last. We were down. If you like what you hear, we'll play. We won't say no.

So the scene is growing, but are options still limited for a metal band?

Really, the only place that lets live music play like our style is Downtown Bar and Grill.

There's Toxic Fuse, Poor Favor and Stout City Luchadores. They let us put on shows, whatever we want.

To me, there's not really much of that going on anywhere else.

The scene has been coming together and getting closer and closer. We play out of town shows, too, but playing here gives people something to do on the weekends. Just have a good time - that's what Vincent's Betrayal is about.

We love to play music, and we love to play music for people who love to listen to live music.

You seem very open-minded about music.

We consider ourselves progressive metal. It's not like your typical loud, thrashy metal. It's more laid back.

We're not afraid to throw in jazz or classical elements into the music.

This metal/reggae show is a testament to that.

I like to mix it up. I like to keep it where people find it interesting. What and why? I like reggae, too.

We bring bands that we like, whether they're metal or not, to keep the shows in variety.

Hybrid Roots was down here about a year ago. I threw them the idea. They thought it was a cool idea, so we made it happen.

Have you always been into metal?

Mostly when I was a kid, I listened to whatever my older siblings were listening to - R&B and rap.

When I started getting my own friends, they were really into Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Pantera.

When Pantera entered my life, I was like - "Whoa! I love heavy metal." They went more into the progressive side of metal. I wanted to be like these guys.

I want to play the best on my instrument at all times. I don't want to hold anything back.

What's the songwriting process for your band?

Erick writes about 60 percent of the riffs.

At first, we were an instrumental band, so we could write whatever we wanted. Now with Mike, we show everything to him and see if it would be a good vocal riff.

He's been taking charge of writing lyrics. Since he's the vocalist, we want him to be comfortable singing whatever it is he's singing about. It's a group effort on everything, really.

"The Oasis" is probably the crowd favorite, it starts off with an acoustic at the beginning, then I join in, and it gradually gets heavier and more powerful. Erick wrote it for his wife years ago. That's his oasis, his family, her. The song is about finding what makes them happy in life, their little piece of heaven.

Every time we play that, the crowd gets pumped up. It shows our softest moment to our most extreme moment. We'll play it at that show.

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