Only Beast like to get loud

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Feb. 26, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 25, 2014 at 8:26 p.m.

Danielle LaBove will perform with her band, Only Beast, at Downtown Bar and Grill.

Danielle LaBove will perform with her band, Only Beast, at Downtown Bar and Grill.

Known as a band that brings down walls - both literally and metaphorically - Only Beast is performing its first show in Victoria at Downtown Bar and Grill on Saturday.

The Houston-based trio, fronted by Danielle Renee LaBove, revels in fiery energy that combines elements of post-punk, progressive rock and goth rock.

LaBove caught up with Get Out to talk about her dream for a live album, women in music and why karma matters.

Have you ever played Victoria?

We never have, and we're so excited. We happened to meet some really nice people who offered us a gig down there. We're grateful and excited.You picked a good spot for your first show here.

We're excited because we recognize we're privileged to play at such an awesome venue. I think we'll fit in. We love the kids; they have the most energy. We're (expletive deleted) loud. It's going to be pretty rowdy.

There was an album last year; what's on tap now?

We recorded the studio album, everybody did really great work on it, but I can't get past the idea that our live shows are where it's really at.

It has a different energy. I've always been of the opinion that my live performance is way better than anything that could happen in studio. Our live shows are more representative of who we are as a band.We feel like we're best when we're live, so we're glad to get a chance to show that off to a lot of kids out in Victoria.

Great news. Do you have the show set?

We are going to get that up and running. We have a date in mind that we'll record it, probably at Notsuoh in downtown Houston.

We want to keep the bill a surprise, but it's going to be great.

What sort of challenges or opportunities does being a three-piece present?

For us, it's just feels right. The three of us can't handle any more people in the band. We've tried out maybe three or four bass players, but it doesn't really work out. The three of us are family. The drummer, John Salinas, is my fiance, and Pete Bernick is basically my brother. His son calls me Aunt Danielle. We'll get on stage, and sometimes, there's not really room for another person.

For whatever reason, it works for us. We're managing things pretty well with just the three.

We've talked about getting a bassist, but Pete seems pretty content playing with his feet and his hands. So that's where we're at right now.

We're kind of a weird band. The practice place we rehearse is a really small space. We run a tight ship.

I want to know your story of leading a band. How did you get to that point? It seems to be more of a male-dominated area.

I don't know if it's so much that women aren't in the scene; I'm not sure why women in this day and age are having trouble breaking into it. It could be good old-fashioned boys' club.

In the company I keep, I've never run into anyone who gave me any type of problem.

Basically, I give zero (expletive deleted). I could not care less. My motto is, if you're not going support me, get out of my way.

I think the scene is changing. You do have more women-mixed bands, all female-bands, and I think the more I get out there, the more motivation that will be for some other girl or woman who wants to do it, too.

Who do you look up to?

I could name names all day. There's Patti Smith, Robert Smith, David Bowie, Girl in a Coma out of San Antonio.

I don't think I would be doing this if I didn't think there was something to strive for. Once you stop admiring and appreciating people around you, might as well give up.

You have to constantly learn and appreciate - otherwise, what's the point?

As a band, we listen to a lot of music; we're always sharing music with each other and going to live shows, whether it's a touring group or a local act.

You've mentioned in other interviews wanting to collaborate rather than compete. What would be your dream collaborative project?

No one is going to get anywhere on their own. We're a big family. It's like the good version of the mafia.

This band gave us a chance; now, we're getting good shows. You never know when you're going to be the one to help someone out, and you never know when you're going to need help. We all want to play music. If you play music in a bar and there's people there, you're a success.

There are bands that have a really bad attitude and a chip on their shoulder; those bands don't make it that far. Kindness comes back around, and cruelty does as well.

If I thought I was qualified to breathe the same air as David Bowie, but that's such a cliche answer.

I would like to work on collaborating with more local people.

I've never seen David Bowie, but I've seen Clutch more than 10 times. I'll go with Clutch.



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