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19 Dec 2013

The Lucky 13: The Members of Brain Vat

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Meet the men of Brain Vat—and be there at 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, at the Red Barn, 73290 Highway 111 in Palm Desert, when they’ll be making a live recording. Joining the heavy rock band for the free show are Wooden Nomad and Fever Dog. For more information, peruse the band’s Facebook page.

All four of the local-music veterans took the time to answer The Lucky 13. Here are their answers.


Sheridan Carnahan, 24, vocals, Palm Desert

What was the first concert you attended?

Ozzfest 2002. It was a great time with buddies and family.

What was the first album you owned?

Pantera, Cowboys From Hell.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I’ve been listening to the Atomic Bitchwax a lot lately.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Anything mainstream, it seems.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Stevie Ray Vaughan, or good old Lynyrd Skynyrd, or Pantera, perhaps. I love me a good Gwar show.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

GG Allin.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The one with the cheapest drinks, ha ha.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

Thats a hard one; everyday, it’s a new one—and not usually something I want in my head. I randomly get a lot of The Doors stuff.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Jon Coty, FYB. R.I.P

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

To Dimebag Darrell: “You want to take a shot?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I’d like a lot of songs, not just one song looping constantly, though that would be pretty funny. “Have a Drink on Me,” AC/DC, maybe.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Disc 3 of Box Set.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Brain Vat, “My Infinity”


Brad Garrow, 45, guitar, Palm Desert

What was the first concert you attended?

The Pretenders and Bow Wow Wow.

What was the first album you owned?

Judas Priest, Unleashed in the East.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Bloodsimple, Alice in Chains, Rival Sons.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

It would have to be pop punk.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I would like to see Led Zeppelin and old, old Rush!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I don’t believe there is such a thing. There is no wrong with music.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The National Bowl in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. In 1998, I saw Soulfly, Tool, Slipknot from the stage, and then the original Black Sabbath from the side of the stage!

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“If you should die before me, ask if you can bring a friend,” from “Still Remains,” Stone Temple Pilots.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Randy Rhoads and Mikey Doling.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Tony Iommi: “What do you think of Randy Rhoads?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Diary of a Madman,” Ozzy Osbourne.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Diary of a Madman, Ozzy Osbourne.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“2112,” Rush.


Frank Joseph Ramirez, 44, drummer, Indio

What was the first concert you attended?

I attended Summer Strut in 1982 at Anaheim Stadium with my two sisters; I was 12 years old. Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Loverboy and Foreigner were on the bill.

What was the first album you owned?

I inherited my sister’s album collection, but my first album with my own money would have to be Kiss, Alive!

What bands are you listening to right now?

Black Label Society, Truckfighters, Rush, Rainbow, Iron Maiden. I stick with the old stuff.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I don’t get pop punk. It’s pretty lame.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I would love to see Snot again, and Soundgarden.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I love country music, artists like George Strait, Toby Keith, and Keith Urban.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Greek Theatre (in Los Angeles) has to be the best; I was able to see Santana and Boston together on the same night. Those are two of my many favorite bands.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“So live for today, tomorrow never comes,” from “Die Young,” Black Sabbath.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

It absolutely has to be Rush. I was blown away by how much music could come out of three guys. They were way ahead of their time.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Jim Morrison: “Why?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“The Long and Winding Road,” the Beatles.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

It’s a tie between Rush’s Hemispheres and 2112.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Trenches,” Pop Evil.


David Gonzalez, 24, bass, Indio

What was the first concert you attended?

Ozzfest 2004. So epic!

What was the first album you owned?

It had to be Slipknot, Slipknot.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Generation Kill, and Channel Zero, from Belgium. Channel Zero is currently recording a new album which I am really looking forward to. Mikey Doling from Snot and Soulfly is in the band. They got Roy Mayorga from Stone Sour and Soulfly, recording drums only.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Techno and pop punk. Oh, and melodic metal. I hate it!

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Snot with Lynn Strait, in 1997. He had so much energy!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I love classical. … Symphonies are great.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Roxy (in West Hollywood). I saw Invitro there, and it was epic.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“If you’re 555, then I’m 666!” from “The Heretic Anthem,” Slipknot.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

It has to be Snot. The style was so unique to me. They were hardcore; the lyrics were hardcore. I’m a originally a guitar-player. Once I heard their guitar style, it was epic to me: It had punk, and was bluesy, and heavy. I learned to (mix) different styles.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I would ask Jimi Hendrix, along with Dimebag Darrell: “Do you want to smoke a couple of joints?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Goodbye to Romance,” Ozzy Osbourne.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Pantera, Cowboys From Hell.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Pantera, “Cowboys From Hell.” (Scroll down to hear it.)

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