Ruben Torres is one of the Coachella Valley’s standout metal guitarists, known for his work in both Call Upon Your Gods and In the Name of the Dead. As more and more shows come back, make sure you get out and see one of his bands ASAP! Torres is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Sentenced, Dark Tranquillity, Killswitch Engage, and In Flames, in 2002. I want to say at The Glass House, Pomona.
What was the first album you owned?
Jurassic Park (soundtrack) by John Williams on cassette. Still have it.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Gojira, Mouse Rat, and Halsey. Halsey’s new album, which is produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, has been on repeat in my earbuds since it dropped. It is excellent!
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I would give anything to see Alexi Laiho (R.I.P.) play with Children of Bodom one more time.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Movie soundtracks, and possibly one or two pop acts.
What’s your favorite music venue?
The Whisky a Go Go, for both playing and attending.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Bye, bye, Little Sebastian …” from “5,000 Candles in the Wind” by Mouse Rat, the No. 1 song from the fictional band fronted by Chris Pratt’s character in the TV show Parks and Rec. So stupid. So awesome.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Metallica. When I first picked up the guitar as a kid, some 23 years ago, I was playing a lot of alternative, punk and goth-rock stuff. Then I came across the tablature book for Metallica’s Master of Puppets album, and I’ve been playing metal guitar ever since. Never looked back.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I would ask John Williams what his personal favorite score to work on was.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Firestarter” by The Prodigy.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Easier Than Lying” by Halsey.