Fanged: Houston Rockers Brawl With Self-Proclaimed Vampire On Tour
Cavazos laughs off the irony of a self-proclaimed vampire attacking members of bands named Hollywood Undead and American Fangs. Although he says it was definitely the strangest thing he's seen on this tour, the front man asserts that seeing peculiar things on the road is not that unusual.
We've seen a lot of strangeness," he admits. "Like here we are in the middle of Illinois, and there's an 80-year-old man rollerblading down the street doing tricks. He looks like he's out of his mind, but he's really a good rollerblader."
Ironically, the show happened the same night that American Fangs' first-ever full-length album, American Fangs (Sony-distributed In de Good Entertainment), was released. Eleven songs loaded with super-size pop-punk choruses and assorted nods to '90s alt-rock heroes like Weezer, it's a worthy heir to the buzzy but sincere albums once made by the likes of blink-182 and Foo Fighters. Since it's also been completed since February 2012, Cavazos says playing songs they wrote a while ago on every night almost makes it feel like a different album.
"I don't think we're the only band that deals with that," he says. "But at the same time we're so proud of it, and we hadn't really had a chance to share it that the newness comes right back. Especially when you're playing outside of Houston, or to people who have never heard of us."
Although American Fangs has just been released, Cavazos jokes that the band has already talked about writing a song about the Great La Crosse Vampire Battle of 2013 on their next record.
"There's a bit of humor in some of our songs," he allows. "It would fit well, but it would all be for shits and giggles."
American Fangs perform 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 on the Neptune Stage at the sold-out Free Press Summer Fest in Eleanor Tinsley Park, and open for Fall Out Boy at Bayou Music Center Friday, June 7.