I picked up Brian in Fullerton because his girlfriend was supposed to go to her friend’s house and drop him off on the way, but she got busy and stayed at home. He needed to go to his guitarist’s house for band practice, so she called a Lyft for him.
As we got to talking, I found out he’s the singer in a deathcore band that plays in Orange County. He shared that the band discovered him when he was screaming a memorable rendition of Korn’s Freak On a Leash for karaoke at a local bar. They approached him afterward and asked if he wanted to join their band. If you ever see a young male in his early 20’s with a septum piercing screaming a Miley Cyrus song in karaoke in Orange County, it’s probably him. [Note: his real name is not Brian]
Brian talked a lot about different bands and venues that he listens to and plays in. He described an event that happens regularly at shows he attends. In the mosh pit, a Wall of Death is setup where people form two groups with a large empty space in between. On cue, they run towards each other and collide, like a battle scene out of Braveheart. He says one time he elected to opt out of this particular wall because there were a line of 300 pound dudes on the other side looking to take someone out, and they did… and it wasn’t him.
Another time, he said a skinhead picked up his friend, who is 6’4″, and piledrived him on his head. While we were driving, a red jeep passed us, and he waved.
“That’s my girlfriend,” he explained.
“But I thought she couldn’t go to her friend’s place??”
“Hmm… yeah I thought so too…”