I stumbled across Kill the Radio during a show at the late, lamented Schmidy’s Tavern—and I was blown away by the band’s sound. It reminds me of the punk/hardcore that came out of New York City in the ’90s. This East Valley band is always a treat to see live—and you can do just that on Saturday, Feb. 17, at The Hood Bar and Pizza. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/killtheradio760. The band’s frontman and guitarist, Samuel Meza, was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Knotfest. I got to see Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Motorhead and so many other sick artists.
What was the first album you owned?
Linkin Park’s Meteora. It’s still one of the best albums I’ve ever heard.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Kings of Leon, and Deftones.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
I absolutely don’t understand this trap beat music. It’s noise and mumbles with a hype man screaming, “Hey!” the whole time.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
If I could see anyone live, it would have to be Tool all over again! Tool is hands down the best live show I have ever seen.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
My favorite guilty pleasure has to be singing along to Frank Ocean’s music, from the Channel Orange album to his newest single, “Chanel.” Amazing!
What’s your favorite music venue?
The Observatory in Santa Ana. I got to see Deftones along with Glassjaw there, and they were phenomenal!
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
My favorite song lyrics are actually from Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter.” The opening verse hits home when he asks, “What is a woman made for? Is she just the container for the child?” That, to me, opens the mind and pushes you to understand outside the Machista concept.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Linkin Park and Blessthefall. I was a depressed and super-emotional kid back in high school. I had the hardest time growing up. I was poor and living under the bridges in Indio while being homeless the first half of my life, and hearing others had a similar struggle really helped me get ahead in life.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I would have to ask Hayley Williams from Paramore if she would marry me, ha ha ha ha. (Seriously, though.)
What song would you like played at your funeral?
My funeral song would be a song I wrote recently. It’s called “If Time Heals Wounds, Do Scars Tell Stories?”
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I would say Emarosa’s Relativity. I can listen to it from beginning to end all the time.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” It’s super-deep. If you leave the racial context on which the song is based and apply it to everyday life, you’d see a divided world where we only segregate ourselves due to the ideals and views of others. (Scroll down to hear it.)