Voodoo Glow Skulls return with Riverside compatriots Knock-Out
October 22, 2008
Lead singer Frank Casillas likened a Voodoo Glow Skulls show to a bunch of 6-foot metalheads crashing a quinceanera party.
Now we get to see what they have planned for Halloween.
The Voodoo Glow Skulls return for Whiskey Dick’s punk-rock voodoo Halloween party Wednesday, Oct. 29, with their Riverside homies Knock-Out. Some of the Glow Skulls’ live favorites sound tailor-made for Halloween.
“Believe it or not, one of our most popular songs is a Spanish song called ‘El Coo Cooi’ ” ” an ode to the bogeyman of Mexican folk myth, Casillas told Lake Tahoe Action before the band played Whiskey Dick’s in January. “When you’re a Mexican kid growing up, your mom always threatens you with the Cucuy. Whenever we play it, whether it’s Japan or Australia or the U.K., people always go crazy for that song.”
Casillas also mentioned “Exorcism” as another live favorite.
The Voodoo Glow Skulls are a family act ” with Frank’s brothers Eddie on guitar and Jorge on bass ” that put a Latin twist on the so-called Third Wave of ska in Southern California.
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“I think that the combination of us being Latino and the three brothers and all that has kind of given us the trademark authentic style that we’re known for,” Frank Casillas said. “We stand out. Very few bands can last this long because they can’t tolerate each other.”
“It means the world, man. Honestly, if we weren’t brothers, we probably wouldn’t be around right now.”
Two decades years later, they’ve outlasted some of their more famous peers, and they summed up their sound and their attitude in the title of their eighth album, “Southern California Street Music,” which came out last fall.
“Obviously, I think that’s one of the secrets why we’re still around, the fact that we’ve been able to kind of somewhat cross musical and international boundaries at the same time,” Frank Casillas said. “We just started playing songs in Spanish because it was a natural thing.”
The Casillas brothers share their Riverside roots with their openers for Wednesday’s show: Eddie Casillas recorded and produced Knock-Out’s debut, “Let Go.” Knock-Out has been touring nationally in support of the Glow Skulls since last year and managed to sell 4,000 copies of its debut.
Knock-Out followed “Let Go” with “Another Wasted Night” on Frank Casillas’ California Street Music label this year, opening the door for Jared Palazzolo and Anthony Marquez to tour with the bands they grew up listening to: Rancid, Fishbone, Guttermouth, Authority Zero and Mustard Plug ” in addition to the Voodoo Glow Skulls.