Cloud District.

Two years ago, I did an article on a band from Palm Springs called Forfeit Your Skies. The band was reeling after the theft of a bunch of equipment. Today, the band is still largely intact, but with a new name: Cloud District. The hardcore group will be playing a free show at The Hood Bar and Pizza on Saturday, Aug. 15. For more information, visit the band’s Facebook page. Alex Sanchez, the guitarist for Cloud District, was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

My first concert was Panic! at The Disco when I was 15. It blew my mind how good of a singer Brendon Urie was.

What was the first album you owned?

Highway to Hell by AC/DC. I asked my mom to buy it for me when I was 10 or so.

What bands are you listening to right now?

They include Beartooth, This Wild Life, and Fall Out Boy’s previous album.

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

How Drake can do so bad at Coachella 2015, being that big of a name, and then … people tell you he was the best of the weekend.

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

I have to say Queen back in their prime. I’ve always wondered how much better Freddie Mercury was live compared to recordings.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Probably Owl City. It’s just such upbeat music.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I haven’t played there yet, but as far as watching bands, I would have to go with House of Blues in San Diego.

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

Lately, it’s been “Stay Up Late” by This Wild Life.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Panic! at the Disco. It was my first musical experience, and they absolutely blew me away! They showed me that live music is an art form and forever changed how I judged recorded music.

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

I really just want to ask Elvis to come hang out with me—young Elvis, though, not the older one.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“What’s Left of the Flag” by Flogging Molly, hands down!

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

Issues’ self-titled album is right up there with A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out by Panic! at The Disco.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Shadow Life” by Cloud District. Share it with everyone you know! (Scroll down to hear it.)

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A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...