Adrenaline Mob, The Wild

Venue: Backstage Productions Presents:

Adrenaline Mob

The Wild

Mental Fixation, Oracle

Sun, June 25, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm


St. Louis, MO

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is all ages

Adrenaline Mob
Adrenaline Mob
There's a new gang in town. They're tough and tight-knit, and they're not taking any prisoners. Bringing together acclaimed Symphony X singer Russell Allen, former Dream Theater and Avenged Sevenfold drum virtuoso Mike Portnoy, and Sonic Stomp shred extraordinaire Mike Orlando, Adrenaline Mob is a musical mafia of the highest order.

On their full-length debut, Omertà, the group cranks out one bruising hard rock anthem after another. Songs like the first single "Undaunted" and "Hit the Wall" hijack the right level of instrumental intricacy and taut technicality while grooving and moving fluidly. At the same time, "Angel Sky" takes flight on a massive lead and heavenly refrain. Given the band members' respective pedigrees selling millions of albums and performing for sold out crowds globally, fans everywhere will soon be taking the vow of Omertà in their honor.

For years, Allen and Portnoy knew that they'd eventually work together. After Portnoy handpicked Symphony X to play on Megadeth's Gigantour in 2005, the two became fast friends. Then, Portnoy insisted that Symphony X tour Europe with Dream Theater in 2007. During that jaunt, the idea of jamming percolated.

"In the back of my mind, I always knew I'd love to be in a rock band with Portnoy because neither of us had done that previously," reveals Allen with a smile. "I watched Dream Theater every night, and I thought, 'This guy is a rock drummer in a prog band!' He never failed to steal the show, and his energy was infectious. I was inspired by it."

Similarly, Portnoy was watching Allen closely while they were on the road. "Doing something together was inevitable," he affirms. "This is better than I ever imagined though."

In 2010, Allen was recording his second solo outing with Orlando. However, the guitarist had an entire arsenal of songs he'd been working on for years. He shared them with Allen, and it proved to be a perfect fit for the vocalist. They needed a drummer though, so Allen sent Portnoy an email with some of the tracks. After 30 seconds of listening, he was in.

"This is a new band with a new sound and a new beginning," declares Portnoy. "Forget what everyone has done in the past. I'll cherish and look back on my 25 years in Dream Theater with great pride, but it's time for me to begin this next chapter. It's similar to how Foo Fighters gave Dave Grohl a fresh start. That's how I look at it."

As Orlando puts it, "the chemistry was instant", and the trio released their self-titled five-song EP in 2011 and hit the road with Godsmack. Quickly, fans embraced their sound, and a following slowly developed as the outfit tirelessly toured. Simultaneously, they were finalizing what would become Omertà.

"Undaunted" is the perfect introduction to the album. Driven by Orlando's irresistible riffing, the tune is tailor-made for a beatdown. It wouldn't be out of place at UFC fight or during your favorite action movie.

"That's our fight song," grins Orlando. "You can picture someone walking into the ring ready to knock their opponent out. It was a no-brainer once everyone got together. We put it together in one night."

Allen adds, "That song is about facing your fears. If you're going to take on anything in life, you can't be afraid. Whether it's a real dude or a problem like addiction, you've got to stand toe-to-toe up there and slug it out. When you can do that, you are truly undaunted and can achieve anything."

On the other end of the spectrum, "Indifferent" unveils a level of vulnerability and diversity within Adrenaline Mob's songwriting. "That song is near and dear to me," says Orlando. "It's about looking back on life and your mistakes. We're all a little indifferent—at least we crazy musicians are. It's a reflection song."

The singer shares that sentiment. "If anything, it's the flip side of 'Undaunted'. It's a strange feeling to compromise when you're struggling or fighting. However, sometimes you have to walk away. Life goes on, and that's the message."

Adrenaline Mob allows each of these individuals to expand in his own right. For Portnoy, it was an opportunity to rock out—and he certainly did. "I wanted to give the songs the bounce they needed," he exclaims, "I learned a lot about that 'bounce' during my time recording and touring with Avenged Sevenfold. I wanted to bring that to Adrenaline Mob. People can feel these songs live."

Allen had the chance to expand lyrically as well, especially on a song like "All On The Line". It's an honest and open heavy ballad that illuminates the band's songwriting prowess. "That song was written in one day at my studio," adds Allen. "I got to pull back and show a different side of myself. I was excited to speak my mind. I got to tell it like it is with the lyrics, and Adrenaline Mob has really found magic in that honesty."

Ultimately, this mob isn't just for the three men on stage; it's for everyone. Orlando concludes, "Omertà is the blood oath you take to join the mafia, and we're definitely blood brothers. No we want our fans to join the family."
The Wild
Shooting guns, setting fires and shaking shacks with half-stacks make for the type of nights that separate the men from the boys and THE WILD! from the other 99% of what some people are calling rock’n’roll these days. Anybody who’s ever been told to turn it down, clean it up or to go home lives inside of what the God Damn Wild Boys are all about. Driven by long, hard nights, the love of playing music, rural roots, and a no-bullshit mentality, THE WILD! play the soundtrack for freedom seeking renegades & real deal rock’n’rollers alike.


On vocals/lead guitar, DYLAN VILLAIN embodies all of the reckless abandon and good-natured devilish charm that could only be born in a very small backwoods community. Counterbalancing VILLAIN’s snakebite rasp is bassist/vocalist BOOZUS. Beer drinkin’, beard havin’, fly-fishin’ are his favourite past times.

Kickin’ ass & keeping time is drummer REESE LIGHTNING. A beast with beats & everyone’s favourite asshole. You’ll love him! Rounding out THE WILD!'s lineup is “The Kid” on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Young blood and zero fucks given. What The Kid lacks in age, he makes up in attitude and swagger.

“I feel like for every thousand bands that are out there right now you’ll get maybe ten that believe the things they’re singing about, which is the most important thing to me in any genre,” says VILLAIN. “I don’t give a shit what kind of music you play. If you care about it then really give yourself to that moment. Our fans aren’t stupid and I feel that they’re hungry for things that aren’t so disposable.”

In 2014, the band’s music video for their first single “Road House” went viral on Youtube which led to notable airplay at rock radio in Canada. The song made a big dent at radio for a completely independant band, landing in the TOP 30 rock chart. Later that summer, THE WILD! hit the road playing alongside of bands like Korn, Rise Against, Monster Truck, The Glorious Sons and One Bad Son.

All of this momentum lead to the band signing a deal with eOne Music Canada. The label was so excited about The Wild! that contracts were signed before they’d even had a chance to see the band live. The band’s reputation for being one the best up and coming live acts in Canada had preceded them.

So,...What do they sound like?

Take the gritty authenticity of the Delta Blues and speed it up with a reckless punk rock attitude. Now roll that into a southern rock cigarette. You feelin’ that yet? Throw that shit into 5th and tighten your grip around the neck of your electric guitar. The result is THE WILD!

That’s exactly what THE WILD! gets up to on their debut release, ‘GxDxWxB’’, which stands for ‘God Damn Wild Boys’. Produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Jimmy Page, Van Halen) at a pair of legendary studios (Warehouse/Armoury) in Vancouver, ‘GxDxWxB’ summons all the unbridled howls, raw melodicism, streetwise attitude & aggression from all the influences and vices that make THE WILD! who they are.

“Even underneath the loud guitars you can hear the love for the blues in our songs,” declares vocalist/lead guitarist DYLAN VILLAIN. “We believe in music with conviction. THE WILD! is a mixture of what the blues feels like, rock’n’roll sounds like, and punk-rock smells like.”

‘GxDxWxB’ came out swinging, with the first single “Party ‘Til You’re Dead” released in support of a massive Canadian Tour supporting Buckcherry. The song was one of which Producer Mike Fraser “insisted” be on the debut EP.

In April of 2015, the band released their second single “Slow Burn”. Canada’s Rock Programmers proudly put the song into heavy rotation sneaking it all the way up to #5 Overall for a short while. “Slow Burn” and THE WILD! remained in the Top 10 for ten weeks resulting in a nomination for “Best New Rock Band” at The 2015 Canadian Radio Music Awards.

In the Fall of 2015, The Wild! were on the road supporting their EP ‘GxDxWxB’ with bands such as Godsmack, Saint Asonia and Buckcherry. At this point the band had just signed a deal with eOne Music US making them the first Canadian band to sign globally with eOne via the label’s New York office.

“We’ve generated a lot of interest in rock’n’roll here in Canada,” says DYLAN VILLAIN. “And now we’re looking forward to sharing our sound with the rest of the world. We really hit the nail on the head with what we wanted to do with this band. I feel that there’s a lot of bands out there that try to do this or that, but we don’t try to do anything. We just do.”

In the late Summer of 2016 The Wild! Will release their new Single from their eOne Music International album. All music was Produced, Mixed and Engineered by Mike Fraser.
Mental Fixation
Mental Fixation
a hard rock and heavy metal band from St. Louis. We have been together for about two years, play original music, and have played numerous shows around the area! If you haven't seen us live, you're info a great show! We give 110% in each show because it's what the fans deserve. We hope to have an EP out by the Summer time!
Venue Information:
3108 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO, 63103