PICS: Dead Cross at the Observatory North Park

Hardcore supergroup Dead Cross pummeled the Observatory North Park on Saturday, Aug. 19.

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The band formed on Nov. 30, 2015 in SoCal by four hardcore/thrash metal luminaries.
Justin Pearson (of the Locust, Retox, and Head Wound City) plays bass.
Dave Lombardo – of Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits and Fantomas fame – plays drums.
Mike Crain, of Retox and Festival of Dead Deer, plays guitar.
Gabe Serbian (of the Locust, Head Wound City and formerly Retox) was the original singer of the group but was replaced by Mike Patton (pictured) of Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Dillinger Escape Plan, Tomahawk, and Fantomas among others.
Serbian originally recorded vocals on the band’s debut album, but they decided not to release it. Instead, Patton recorded his own vocals on those songs at a later point, which the band has just released.
The self-titled album was released recently on Aug. 4 as a joint effort between Pearson’s Three One G label and Patton’s Ipecac Recordings. In a recent interview, Patton described the sound of their debut album: “To me, it is a traditional hardcore record. It is very pointed, direct and visceral.”
The singer continued: “In some ways, it reminded me of stuff that we had collectively all grown up with and loved when we were like teenagers – bands like the Accused, Deep Wound or Siege, stuff that was just brutal, uncompromising and right to the point.”
For the unfamiliar, Pearson is a local legend. Aside from the Locust, Head Wound City, and Retox, his various bands over the years have included Struggle, Swing Kids, the Crimson Curse, Some Girls, Holy Molar, Ground Unicorn Horn, Brain Tourniquet, and All Leather. He is widely considered a huge noise rock influence.
The band’s initial tour has already made its share of headlines: On Aug. 15, the band was placed in police custody while in Houston, Texas. They had their gear searched and were restrained during the inspection.
A photo has made the rounds on Instagram showing Pearson and Crain in handcuffs. According to a press release, “The band members have been advised by legal counsel not to provide further comment on the incident.”
In addition, Patton was injured en route to the group’s show at the El Rey Theatre in LA on Aug. 21. The band had to cancel their performance, with Crain telling the sold-out crowd that Patton “was in an accident. It’s not grave, but he’s unable to be here tonight. He’s hurt. I’m sorry. We apologize.”
According to the group’s publicist this morning, “Mike Patton is OK, he is getting stitched up and is raring to go. He thought he could skateboard to the show last night but he suffered a bad wipe out on the way. The remainder of Dead Cross’ tour will go on as planned.”
More good news: The band’s canceled LA show will now take place tonight (Aug. 22) at the same venue. Original tickets will be honored.
Get well soon, Mike and best of luck on your travels, fellas – and hey, maybe avoid skateboarding to shows during the rest of the tour, eh?
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