Caught in the Headlights is a great upsart local metal band fronted by Alex Reid and backed by guitarists Kevin Doti and Austin Horsley, bassist Mitch Cartwright and drummer Pepy Maloba. I was commissioned to record their performance at Bogey’s Family Fun Center last Friday and came away with what I felt was a surprisingly satisfying performance from these fine young gentlemen.
Here they are performing a cover of Entombment of the Machine by Job for a Cowboy:
The most surprising element of the bands performance was hands down Reid’s aggressive vocals. If you listen to him talk after the songs you would never think he would be capable of spitting out such demonic growls and sick pig squeals. The rest of the band was also able to pull off their cover with ease showing their dedication to learning material they know fans want. But what about original songs? Here they are playing their own property, Run Away:
This song just screams energy. Most of this enthusiasm comes from Maloba’s cymbal happy drum work and Reid’s ridiculous amount of passion pouring out of his performance. This is backed up by excellent guitar work by both Doti and Horsley and Cartwright’s so-sick-it-must-be-metal bass riffs.
The on-stage performance from these kids just screams potential. This was one of their first shows and they earned complements from members of other bands, most notably The Sex Magician’s drummer Chris McCoy, who has earned the reputation of being the single most talented and creative drummer here in Terre Haute as well as most of it’s surrounding areas. Local band Battosai also qued them an on-stage shout out congratulating them on their kick-ass performance. Most importantly, however, they earned the respect of the fans.
It cannot be said where Caught in the Headlights journey through Terre Haute’s local music scene will end, but I assure you it will be an epic tale and I will keep an eye on these boys to see where they go from here.
These videos can also be found on Everyview’s YouTube channel.
The band’s Myspace can be found here.
Sorry for the sub-par quality of these vids. I had to super compress them to get them to meet YouTube’s file limit.