• “Official” CD release party is Saturday at Down East Saloon
By Sean Pearson
If you live in Homer and have never heard of Los Holy Santos Gang, chances are you’re living under a rock.
If you’ve heard of the Gang, but haven’t had a taste of their music, Saturday offers you that opportunity with an official CD release party at the Down East Saloon.
Now is a great time to seize that opportunity.
Los Holy Santos Gang comprises Rudy Multz on lead vocals, Dylan Smith, bass, Ben Gerard, drums and Steve Collins on guitar. The group started the whole release process last year, working with production experts Tehben and Jebarri Dean to create a music video.
“We spent a lot of time over the winter working on the engineering and mixing of the album,” said Dylan Smith. “It was produced almost exclusively in Homer, funded by a Kickstarter crowd-sourcing campaign, mostly by local folks.”
Smith said money raised via the campaign helped the band tremendously, allowing them to spend a little more to produce a higher-quality sound.
“It was something we couldn’t afford to do otherwise,” Smith said. “I think Kickstarter provides a great network for artists who would never be able to afford production costs on their own.”
Smith said the CD is “representative” of the band’s sound, and feels the Gang could possibly tour based on the strength of the release. They currently have a tour through Southeast Alaska tentatively scheduled.
Regardless of future touring plans, Smith said he feels very fortunate to be working with his bandmates.
“We’re all good friends, and we enjoy playing music with each other. I think that shows,” he said. “And, it’s great, because everyone puts his ego aside and plays what’s good for the band.”
Smith added that, so far, the band has gotten a positive reception everywhere they played.
“We pay attention to how the crowd is responding, and we play what they want to hear,” he said.
As for labeling the band’s music as any particular genre, Smith is hesitant to push it into a category.
“Rudy came up with the concept of ‘Frontier Rock,’ and that’s what we’re going with,” he said. “We figured, if you’re going pin a label on it, why not make it your own?”
Smith said the band finds the “Americana” label to be too much of a blanket term.
“We have a lot of southern rock influence, and even a little bit of bluegrass,” he explained. “But Alaska definitely has its own kind of music.”
Smith said that, although the band would definitely like to get on the road — where Smith likes to write new material for the band — they are also pretty happy right here in Homer.
“We have certainly carved out our own little niche,” he said. “Maybe we’ll just wait and see what the future brings.”
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