Episode 20 “Honest Conspiracy”

Our twentieth episode! We introduce our new multi-platform application “Brutility”, Throw a shout out to our armed services that have been kind enough to support us, and discuss Korn, titty mics, Skrillex, drummers and their egos, Randy Blythe, the Hurdy Gurdy, Wakrat, conspiracy theories, Metal Church, thrash metal, So I wrestled a bear once, and metal friends and family.

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Talking With Lions Lions






There are times when life hands you lemons, and times when it hands you Lions. As the crew and I were getting ready to throw down another podcast I got a message from Rebel, asking me to call. She had an interesting story. She happened to be taking a walk when she noticed a van trailer combo with the hood up. There were several young men milling about and appeared to be stranded. She approached them asking if they needed help. They made conversation informing her that their van had broke down and the trailer popped a leaf spring. As some of them were shuffling music equipment out of the trailer she asked, “So, are you guys in a band?”. As it turns out they were the band Lions Lions. Rebel being Rebel, she extended hospitality to the young road warriors. Offering up pizza, showers and a place to plug in their various devices.


Lions Lions with a running van and some new fans.

The following day I went to see Rebel, and had the opportunity to spend some time hanging out with Isaac Vigil, and Joshua Herzer of Lions Lions myself. I was amazed and humbled by the overall attitude, intelligence, character, and spirit of these guys. Not to mention the fact that these two have a wicked sense of humor. It turns out that Josh is a huge podcast fan. Far be it from me to capitalize on someone else’s misfortune, but I couldn’t help myself. I asked if they would like to sit down and record a segment for the Honest Brutality show. They not only agreed, but seemed genuinely excited. We had a blast discussing everything and anything that came to mind. I can’t wait to have them on the show again in the future.


This “interview” is very special to me. I walked away from my conversations with these young men with some new perspectives. The level of commitment and hard work to truly follow your passion. What life for a touring band is really like. The way I listen to music and process it. I also walked away with some new friends that I can’t wait to see again.

Check out the audio, then head over and check out their music (and buy some! they need a new van!).


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A very cool sit down with some of the guys from Lions Lions.



Hot For Teacher Interview



Near the Sacramento River in Anderson California there is one of (Far) Northern California’s best outdoor venues. A small amphitheater in a park setting complete with majestic oaks and a small pond nearby. The local chamber of commerce and several small businesses in the area have come together to sponsor a weekday concert series free to the general public. Not all of the acts that perform the event are rock, but the ones that are really rock! On a muggy Wednesday evening  as I strolled through the vendors drinking my beer I happened upon a striking figure that I had seen several times before, Mr. Terry Lauderdale.20150819_-341788386

Terry is the guitarist for the (tribute) band Hot For Teacher “The Van Halen Experience”. He also works with Randy Monroe and Ed Studebaker in their classic rock / rock cover band RockSkool. Terry is one of the few guitarists I’ve seen pull off Eddie licks with such little effort, he also had a wicked sense of humor. I was excited to see these guys again, and even more excited to get the opportunity to chat with them for a while. HFT is one of those bands that just kills it every time they take the stage. It was evident that I was not the only one who felt this way, as countless smiling fans walked by sporting their HFT branded gear. On my way to the beer garden for a refill I ran into Brooks “Bee” Lundy.


Brooks is the bassist for HFT. He is also the bassist and vocalist for STUNG. A Police tribute band. We chatted for a bit, and exchanged business cards. Then I was off to find Randy Monroe.


Randy is the “David Lee Roth” (or Sammy Hagar, when he performs with The Red Rocker Experience) of the outfit. Complete with flowing blond locks, pipes and karate like moves to pull off early Van Halen in a fashion that even Mr. Roth finds difficult at times these days. I spent some time with Randy stage left while he visited with myself, fans, and enjoyed the opening act. The guy is a character. An accomplished middle school teacher who is warm, funny, and exudes the very type of charisma it takes to successfully convince a die hard fan of Van Halen that justice is being done.
After the opening act finished and Randy slipped on his striped tights, I had the opportunity to interview (audio below) the band round table style backstage. That’s when I finally met the fourth and just as important member Ed Studebaker.

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Ed is not only a fantastic drummer, but a humble and nice guy.
After we wrapped up the guys hit the stage and put on one hell of a great show. They played the early VH catalog, and were met with dancing, singing and smiles.
I for one will be catching these guys every chance I get. If they get close to where you are I recommend you do too! 20150819_-351024961