In this photo: Fayuca, taken by Evan Short of Short Creations
Click on the video icon to watch Authority Zero charm the crowd. Video taken by Lisa of Southwest Shots Photography
It was an evening of first times for me: the first time at the Roxy Lounge in Scottsdale, and first time seeing Fayuca and Authority Zero. Upon arriving at The Roxy, I was greeted by friendly faces handing out complimentary Vitamin Water bottles, and stately muscle bound doormen. Zia Record Exchange pitched a tent outside the front door whereby eager fans could preorder a copy of Authority Zero’s new album “Less Rhythm More Booze.”
The Roxy — someone spent time and effort to materialize this unique naughty-Martha Stuart-does-Ed Hardy-décor. Black, Red, and dark natural dark woods are staple elements; accented with studded leather upholstery, exposed beam ceilings, and black-on-black Damask style Fleur De Lis finished walls. Stripper poles and a carousel horse are some of the carnie elements found nestled between the cushy sofas. The intimate lounge vibe was definitely achieved.
I didn’t exactly fit in. The status quo wardrobe included body modifications of every kind; mohawks, dyed hair, black, leather, skullcaps, backwards hats and primarily, a penis. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. However, I came prepared with my no-fail rock concert gear — black leather boots and fishnets. The crowd was mixed, 20-30’s, chill but enthusiastic, as this was after all, a Monday night. This was not the typical laid-back happy hippie indie crowd I’m accustomed to seeing around Tempe and parts of Phoenix, admittedly that’s the people I tend to roll with. At one point, I almost saw my first bar fight since I’ve moved here between two bro-mans who had a little too much to drink, and clearly they weren’t regulars in this crowd. A friendly tipsy tourist stopped by my table to ask what I was writing. She was in town for business, fresh from the Mid-West somewhere, and the poor thing had to go back at the end of the week.
The concentrated turn out was an impressive mix of enthusiastic loyal fans, attendees, photographers, and interesting music industry cogs. Morning D.J.’s Beef Vegan and Shorty from the KWSS 106.7 TMI show broadcasted live from the patio outside, joined by Chief Operator Frank Margarelli. Also out showing support was Matty Steinkamp from the band “A Life of Science”, Anamieke Quinn from Sidepony Music, who also represents Fayucas’ record label, Fervor Records; and Sam Wiley from band “The Wiley One”.
In tune news, Fayuca killed it. You’ll have to just see them at a show and I’m not sure I have words to do them justice. But here’s a teaser -– three guys played an acoustic set with a guitar, bass and a cajón, which created beautiful melodies, dancing rhythmic beats, and momentous bass lines. Their music is a fusion of Latin, Reggae and Punk. What hooked me were the highly technical Flamenco style guitar solos, woven like stories into the songs. Most certainly a feast for the ears and mind.
Big bad Authority Zero took stage for their acoustic set. Front man Jason DeVore has a charismatic, deviant boy next-door charm; easy on the eyes for a gaggle of bad-asses who could be mistaken for a gang of motorcycle misfits. I’ve heard quite a few of their songs on the radio, but it was really great to get my first full on introduction to their energetic music live. The majority of the fans were singing along to each song like “Get it Right” and “Over Seasons”. DeVore interacted with crowd in between each song, addressing numerous fans by name. They gave away some door prizes including some symbols. It was apparent this band has cultivated their fan base with respectful, reciprocal comradery. I stood there assessing if these Reggae/Punk/Rockers are grown up versions of the sweet skater boys I used to hang out with in Junior High, with their vans and side swept bangs underneath those tattoos and skull caps. Oh, and of course their performance was amazing, but you already know that. Great performances, great crowd, great atmosphere.