Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Stallone unleashes 'La Cobra,' prepares for live debut

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The story of Stallone begins in Spring 2010. Former Torche and current Monstr0 guitarist Juan Montoya and drummer Evan Diprima were just kind of dicking around in the studio, jamming out, and having a good time, as musicians often do. After a while they had a few songs together, and the more they jammed out, the more they realized that they might just be onto something. So they got their act together and by the time October rolled around they had tracked five full songs with Craig Carlson, which they’ve been sitting on ever since. They have, however, released three songs out into the world via Facebook, Bandcamp, and YouTube (“Wondrous Beast," “The Battle of Miami,” and “La Cobra”), but all of those were recorded by just Montoya and Diprima — Montoya did the guitar and bass parts, Diprima laid down the drums. It’s instrumental, it’s metallic, and it’s pretty carefree. The crux of what they’ve got going on here with Stallone is just kind of a fun, energetic listen that doesn’t take itself to seriously. Nothing so manly as math rock going on here, but there are lots of chugging guitar and drum blasts that show off a pretty intense skill level.

Over the last two years, they’ve put together a band that includes second guitarist Thomas Gonzalez and bassist C.J. Ridings (of Big Jesus). The video for "La Cobra" (featured above) was shot by a fellow named Scott Lindauer out of Miami, and it just kind of documents Montoya and Diprima driving around Atlanta for a couple days and playing in random locales before getting run off. There's plenty of between-take footage on display here as well — sort of reminds of one of those circa ’88 Santa Cruz skateboard videos that I would have geeked out over in junior high, except there’s no skating here. Again, it’s a pretty carefree intro to the band, but carefree is the M.O. — they did, after all, call the band Stallone. Sometimes metal dudes like to have fun, too.

Keep your eyes peeled for a new EP to materialize sometime within the next few months.

The first Stallone show is happening Mon., Feb. 27, with Nigredo and Wymyns Prysyn at 529. FREE. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com.

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