FAIRFIELD — Melodic punk practitioners Los Vaqueros are the leadoff batters when Gordon’s Music and Sound kicks off the 2014 version of their popular Sunday Night Concert Series on Jan. 5.
While the Hayward-based trio infuses their music with the power and youthful rebellion that are hallmarks of their chosen genre, they have a twist.
The band consists of John Ariola on bass guitar and vocals, Nick Sinnott Whitting on lead guitar and Edgar Sanchez on drums and backing vocals.
The unique factor is that Sanchez and Whitting are both teenagers, but Ariola is 44.
“These guys are kind of doing it for retro and I am doing it because it is still going through my blood, so it works out great,” Ariola said. “I had been looking for a band for a while and, when Edgar called me, I asked if he had any qualms about the age difference and he had none; nor do I. These kids are super good and have an equal portion on this project.”
Ariola had been gigging with other musicians for approximately four years with the band’s music – all of which he composed – before forming Los Vaqueros. While he handles the bass chores as well as belts out the lyrics, he hopes the group can find a bassist so he will be free to be “200 percent more crazy” on stage.
Almost-16-year-old lead guitarist Nick Whitting joined the band about four months ago and has had an interest in music his whole life. Originally he played bass, but switched to guitar after joining Los Vaqueros. Whitting said he tries not to show off when doing a guitar solo, but rather accompany the vocal. Like many bands, each member brought their own influences and favorite artists and then tried to coalesce them into something unique.
“Our drummer Edgar is a big Metallica guy and John, the lead singer, is big into Black Flag or any band that Keith Morris was in,” Whitting said. “I am into the pop punk thing like Bad Religion and The Offspring plus I like some hardcore. I think as a band our main influence is Minor Threat because that’s the one band we all like; although Minor Threat kind of screams so we are kind of like a Minor Threat that actually has melody. We don’t scream, it’s actual singing in the band.”
Los Vaqueros mainly gigs around Hayward but are excited about the opportunity to play at Gordon’s Music and Sound.
“Right now we have 10 songs, which is about equal to a 30-minute set,” Whitting said. “We are also working on new material because I have a demo studio.”
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Gordon’s Music and Sound Sunday Night Concert Series
7 p.m. Sundays
Jan. 5: The Wizard’s Brew, Backseat Action, Los Vaqueros
Jan. 12: Ickis, Cut Throats, Frailed Sanity
Jan. 19: Foreign Frontiers, Red Rover, Jesus and the Dinosaurs
Jan. 26 (may be rescheduled to Feb 16): As Small as Giants, Taking Us Alive
February 2: Ari Gumora / Groovy Judy / Nervous System (acoustic opener, danceable funk & classic rock)
Feb 9: Open Mic night
Gordon’s Music and Sound
810 Texas St., Fairfield