Last week saw a humongously satisfying show by ICP, the most hated band in the world. Opening for the clowns was Mike Terror, featuring Kemo For Emo vocalist Larry Sanders, who was asked to guest as rhythm guitarist for the gig. Apparently Sanders' inclusion has really given the band a bigger and badder sound because Mike offered Sanders a full-time position on Friday.
"Mike really likes Kemo for Emo," said Sanders via telephone. "It's one of his favorite bands. We've known each other since middle school."
Sanders has subbed for guitarist EON on occasion, and a nice response at the ICP show helped cement Sanders as a permanent member. The Juggalos had a mixed reaction to the band when their set started, but warmed up quickly once they spotted Terror's ICP tattoo.
Sanders has a lot on his plate in addition to his new guitar duties. As a vice-president at Space City Records, he is currently working with Kris Krunk on a music video for Kyle Hubbard's "Whaddup"
The video began shooting last week, and is purposely using low-end technology to give the whole experience a gritty feel. Sanders hopes to incorporate many Houston landmarks in an attempt to give people a view into a day in the life of a Houston rapper.
Fans of Kemo for Emo need not worry that Sanders's departure spells the end for the fragmented punk act. Auditions continue for a full-time guitarist and drummer. The band's next album is still very close to completion and due for an early 2011 release.
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Sanders reported that the six-song disc will be the first in a two-part story based on Kemo For Emo bass player Brian Gibbs' tragic history with addiction.
"It's story of how a heartbreak can lead you into a black pit of substance abuse... and how your friends and family can pull you out," said Sanders.
The second part of the trilogy is planned to be more upbeat and hopeful.
Jef With One F is the author of The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact That You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned In the Black Math Experiment, available now.