Words & Photos by James Alvarez

Dead Cross, the insane new hardcore supergroup featuring drummer Dave Lombardo [ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies], bassist Justin Pearson [The Locust, Retox], guitarist Mike Crain [Retox] and vocalist/force of nature Mike Patton [Faith No More, Mr. Bungle to name a few] played their debut show last week at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA.

Hot off the heels of their mind-bending self-titled debut album, Dead Cross’ first live performance was a goddamn rager. The band’s music is hyper aggressive yet quirky, and gives off a punk meets metal in a late night monster mash kind of vibe. It’s wild enough to prompt mosh pits from the youngsters, but weird enough to study and spazz out to with the music nerds in the back. Mike Patton lashed out across the stage from the get go, screaming and shrieking his brains out with gusto. Pearson and Crain kept the riffs and distortion pumping through the PA all night, while Dave Lombardo reminded everyone why he’s the greatest metal drummer ever spawned. For a relatively new band, playing their first live show with this current lineup…ever, Dead Cross brought the heat. Highlights from their set included the back to back opening onslaught of “Seizure and Desist” and “Idiopathic” along with the band’s rad cover of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” and two brand spanking new songs they wrote just before their tour started.

Be sure to catch Dead Cross in the flesh ASAP, because these dudes have crazy schedules and who knows when they’ll be demolishing a stage near you once again. It’s Dave Lombardo and Mike Patton tearing shit up with the Retox crew. You literally, cannot go wrong here.

Dead Cross Tour Dates:
8/15 — Houston, Texas — Warehouse Live
8/16 — Austin, Texas — Emo’s
8/18 — Tucson, Ariz. — The Rialto Theatre
8/19 — San Diego, Calif. — The Observatory North Park
8/21 — Los Angeles, Calif. — El Rey Theatre
8/23 — Berkeley, Calif. — The UC Theatre
8/25 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Vogue Theatre
8/26 — Seattle, Wash. — The Showbox
8/27 — Portland, Ore. — Wonder Ballroom
8/29 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
9/8 — Baltimore, Md. — Baltimore Soundstage
9/10 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Union Transfer
9/11 — Boston, Mass. — Royale
9/12 — New York, N.Y. — Gramercy Theatre
9/13 — Brooklyn, N.Y. — Warsaw
9/15 — Detroit, Mich. — St. Andrew’s Hall
9/16 — Chicago, Ill. — Riot Fest
9/17 — Milwaukee, Wis. — Turner Hall Ballroom
9/19 — Minneapolis, Minn. — First Avenue
9/20 — Lawrence, Kan. — Liberty Hall
9/23 — Denver, Colo. — Ogden Theatre


"What can you expect when you're on top? You know? It's like Napoleon. When he was the king, you know, people were just constantly trying to conquer him, you know, in the Roman Empire. So, it's history repeating itself all over again." -Dirk Diggler

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