10/03/2022

Undead Goathead

Dedicated to metal, music, and mischief.

Interview With The Illegal Aliens

This Santa Fe, NM based punk band is out of this world!

Intro:

Ahh, late December. The end of another year. The time when all my arch nemeses – erm, fellow music writers – make lists of AOTY (Album of the Year) and community countdowns. When we reflect on our favorite records, EPs, and singles. A healthy balance of catchy mainstream stuff, cult classics, deep cuts, and hidden gems. Retrospective flashbacks on the music of 2021, both good and bad.

Anyway, here’s my stand-alone interview with The Illegal Aliens.

Interview:

1. Can you please introduce yourselves?

Gabriel Lucero – Hi I’m Gabe.

Eric Guitterez: I’m Eric and I’m lead vocal, and the elder of the band.

Kenny Brito: I’m Kenny and I’m the bean & cheese burrito of the band.

Gabe P: Gabriel Pacheco, bass guitar and resident lactose intolerant.

Zack: Hi I’m Zack, Rhythm guitar.

2. When did you first form the band?

The Illegal Aliens: February 2015 @ The Santa Fe place mall.

3. Who are your musical inspirations and influences?

Gabe L: The Offspring, Metallica, Dead Kennedys.

Kenny: Slipknot, Lamb of God, Slayer.

Eric: Linkin Park, Eminem , STYX.

Gabe P: In general Berry Oakley and Peter Hook but for this band Bad Brains probably.

Zack: Linkin Park, Iron Maiden, Blue North.

4. What is your song writing process?

The Illegal Aliens: It usually starts with one of us having an idea, and everyone kinda builds and collaborates.

5. Do have any singles, EPs, or albums in the works?

The Illegal Aliens: We are dropping a new mixtape this winter, produced by Augustine Ortiz.

6. Do you plan to go on tour? If so, when and where?

Gabe L: Earth / Forever.

Zack: Looking to to tour ASAP, but waiting to see how the pandemic plays out before making any decisions.

Gabe P: Touring is hard, we’d like to do it but the timing isn’t necessarily right.

7. What’s the wildest thing that ever happened at a concert you played?

Gabe L: Playing at the bonfire @ Sandia Speedway.

Eric: A lot.

Kenny: When we played Durango and we almost got shut down. We had a fight break out in the audience.

Zack: When I fell off Launchpad’s stage last month. I’m still feeling it to this day. (Editor’s note: This interview was originally completed in November, so they’re probably referring to this show.)

Gabe P: I’ve electrocuted myself on several occasions.

8. What’s the worst part about being in a band?

Zack: Time management for me.

Gabe P: Scheduling or being electrocuted.

Gabe L: The Farts.

Eric: When shows get canceled and silent crowds.

Kenny: Being in too many bands at once.

9. What’s the best part of being in a band?

Gabe P: The Music, Man.

Gabe L: Just being in the band.

Kenny: Achieving your hopes and dreams.

Eric: Fucking with other bands.

Zack: Bringing people joy with what we do.

10. What do you want to say to your fans?

Kenny: Support your local music scene, without you guys there is no us.

Gabe P: We, and bands in general, thrive off the energies of the audience. When we see y’all having a good time it helps us play better and it creates a big feedback loop of good vibes. Thank you so much you make us very happy. Stay in school if you’re in school, do your best if you work.

Eric: I love you all, so please don’t piss me off.

Zack: Thank you for everybody’s continued support! We all appreciate everything the community has done for us, and for liking what we do.

Gabe L: Buy Merch.