"Rock Is Dead" is a trademark song from the Houston-based gloom-glam-punk band Dead Roses. Are they implying rock music no longer has a pulse (as exemplified by that My Chemical Romance guy and AFI's Davey Havok), or that rock music is running rampant with soulless, microphone-wielding zombies (as also exemplified by that My Chemical Romance guy and AFI's Davey Havok)? We may never know, but we put some value on singer-bassist Ralf Armin's judgment. After all, he's been a staple of the Houston rock scene since the early '80s, playing with the Pain Teens, Culturcide and Swarm of Angels before forming Dead Roses with drummer Matt Frey two years ago. Last year they recruited guitarist Greg Lowery, whose reverb-drenched licks are a fitting complement to the group's procession of death-obsessed songs. Whether or not you agree with their statement on rock music, their live show tonight at Rudyard's should be an invigorating engagement. Dead Roses opens for Austin's Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5 at 10 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 5, 10 p.m.