Damian Garcia.

Sleazy Cortez has started to capture the attention of the local music scene. The band recently released an LP, Trailer Trash Blues, and now plays regularly at venues such as The Hood Bar and Pizza. Sitting behind the drums is Damian Garcia, one of the best local drummers I’ve seen, thanks to his incredible style and technique. For more information, visit sleazycortez.bandcamp.com. Garcia was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Tool in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What was the first album you owned?

Tool, Ænima.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I’m really digging Animals as Leaders.

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

Country music. I just can’t seem to like it.

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

Nirvana, when they did MTV Unplugged

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I want to say Warpaint.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (near Morrison, Colo.).

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

The Sky is Fallin’,” Queens of the Stone Age.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

System of a Down. It was the first band that got me into rock.

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

Danny Carey from Tool: What is your favorite rudiment to play?

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Molotov, “Puto.”

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

Tool, Ænima.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Animals as Leaders, “Arithmophobia.” (Scroll down to hear it.)

Brian Blueskye

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...