Breaking news, yo: Famed producer/engineer Kevin Churko, who has worked with everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Shania Twain, has finally got his Vegas studio, called the Hideout, up and running. The Canadian Juno-award winner called me on his third day in the building, where he’d just wrapped up the new Five Finger Death Punch album (which he began recording at his home studio, a.k.a. Wolf’s Den). Churko—who produced, co-wrote, mixed and engineered Ozzy’s most recent album Scream—seems very positive about living in Vegas and bringing as many elite rock acts as he can to town for recording.
“Las Vegas is set up to be a great musical town,” he says. “It’s suffering growing pains; it’s certainly challenging now given the economy. But I’ve lived in a lot of cities in my lifetime, and there’s no reason Las Vegas can’t be a top music town.”
Churko has assisted top local bands, too, including Adelitas Way, but the reason I’d put in a call is because of In This Moment, a popular California metalcore outfit set to play the Aug. 21 Rock the Block Las Vegas event across from El Cortez on 6th Street between Fremont Street and Carson Avenue. (This all-ages show begins at noon; tickets: $22-$27. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.) In This Moment recorded its two previous albums with Churko and signed on to work with him again in January.
If you don’t know In This Moment, maybe you’ve heard their Pantera-like beatdown “The Gun Show” (from 2010’s A Star-Crossed Wasteland album), which Total Nonstop Action uses as a pay-per-view theme song. Or perhaps you noticed that Revolver magazine last year named the band’s frontwoman Maria Brink “The Hottest Chick in Metal.” Brink shrieks like a crazed banshee and sings like an angel at the drop of a dime. In any case, In This Moment is very much a band of the moment.
“They’re just starting to send me tracks,” he says. “No songs have been chosen for the album. It’s the very beginning stages. The band members are fantastic people, like family to me, and incredibly talented. Maria is one of my favorite singers of all time.”
I’ll be there. And I’ll be in doom-metal mode at 9 p.m. Aug. 19 at Meatheads (1121 S. Decatur Blvd.), where new Vegas doom act Demon Lung will be decimating. I’ve seen these guys live a few times already and their stage presence expands with every show—lights, fog, etc. Indeed, the Lung rules! Also, not sure if you saw, but Scrap Iron Saints, my favorite post-apocalyptic Vegas folk-punk band plays the Lounge in the Palms with Old Man Markley at 11 p.m. Aug. 20. Let the bad times roll!