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If you’ve never seen a show by Se7en4, you’ve been missing out.

Unfortunately, chances to see Se7en4 have been few and far between as of late. The band played its first show in a long time earlier this year at The Hood Bar and Pizza—and will be playing there again on Friday, Oct. 12.

Se7en4 has been rocking the Coachella Valley music scene since 2000, and the current lineup includes frontman Nico Flores (the younger brother of Blasting Echo drummer and 5th Town bassist Armando Flores), drummer Steven Hall (brother of Thr3 Strykes’ Josh Hall), bassist Trevino Martin and guitarist Pete Burquez.

During a recent phone interview with Flores, he joked about the recent hiatus.

“Dude, we play like once or twice every three years or some shit like that,” Flores said with a laugh. “But we always have a great turnout. We have been around for a long time, and we barely play. We have a lot of loyal friends to the band and to the music scene. When we play, they always know it’s going to be a fun time.”

I’ve heard people compare Se7en4 to nu-metal, and say the group sounds like Suicidal Tendencies. Flores laughed when I mentioned that.

“I know where people get that from: Me and Steve (Hall) are really two of the only punk-rockers out here who roll up blasting gangsta rap, and we love hip-hop,” he said. “We may incorporate it a tiny bit into our music, but for the most part, we like it hard, fast and loud. It’s how we look and what we listen to on the side where people probably get that. We definitely listen to Suicidal Tendencies, who are a huge influence to us, and (Hed) P.E. is an influence, (as are) Snot, Rage Against the Machine and Black Flag. We love obnoxious rock that’s in-your-face shit.”

As a frontman, Flores gets down and dirty—and he definitely knows how to get the crowds going.

“Having grown up in the valley, and just watching all the old-school punkers like John Summers, Sean Wheeler, Herb Lienau and Ian Taylor from Unsound—growing up, I was like, ‘I want to be in a band!’” he said. “And then I was like, ‘Whoa! What are those guys doing?’ We grew up in the MTV era, too, which was all about being a rock star and their antics. When you’re a kid, you want to emulate that.”

What stops Se7en4 from playing more often?

“Real life gets in the way,” Flores said. “I’m the only one who still lives down here now, and I have a full-on family—a 15-year-old daughter and two little boys. All the guys live up in Los Angeles. Pete (Burquez) does music stuff on the side, and Steve does music stuff and also tours. Everyone stays busy musically; they don’t let not playing in this band stop them. Trevino is from up north and has a THC/growing operation going. Everyone went up to Los Angeles, and I just kind of stayed down here.

“We play whenever we can. It’s fun and takes our mind off shit; it’s always fun to get together. It’s frustrating when people ask, ‘Yo, bro, when are Se7ven4 playing?’ It’s good, though, because you’ll see Pete and Steven pursuing other music opportunities, and they’re doing great for themselves. For me, Se7en is my music getaway. My three passions in life are my music, wrestling, and I’m a daddy.”

Flores said the band members make a point of getting together when they can.

“We have a little studio up in L.A., so I just go up there, and the boys are all out there,” he said. “I have to plan it a little, but we’ll spend a whole day in the studio writing or jamming. It doesn’t happen as often as I’d like it to because of distance and all that stuff.”

Will there be any Se7en4 recordings in the future?

“I think the other guys say no, but I say yes,” he said. “We’re like that girlfriend that you fight with and get back together with the next day. We just have too big of a connection to never record anything together. It won’t be any time soon, but I think we will. I have songs, and the other guys are writing songs here and there.”

Se7en4 will perform with Throw the Goat and Mega Sun at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111, in Palm Desert. Admission is $5. For more information on the show, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Published in Previews

Se7en4 has been in the local scene for many years. Frontman Nico Flores—the brother of Blasting Echo drummer Armando Flores—has a versatile voice that can handle songs from melodic to loud and aggressive. For more information on Se7ven4, visit the band Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Se7en4. Flores was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

My big brother Armando took me to see Primus open for Anthrax and Public Enemy at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre for my 14th birthday!

What was the first album you owned?

Run-D.M.C., Raising Hell.

What bands are you listening to right now?

My daughter loves the Dropkick Murphys, so I’ve been listening to them quite a bit lately, along with Refused, and a Death in Pretty Wrapping CD that I stole from Derek Wade Timmons.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Computer music, I guess.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Black Flag and Minor Threat would be rad, and currently, I’d love to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Cartoon theme songs.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I’ve got a lot of great memories from seeing bands at the Hollywood Palladium, like Faith No More, Kyuss, Bad Brains, Tool, Primus, Queens of the Stone Age and so many more.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“I’m into having sex, I ain’t into making love, so come give me a hug,” 50Cent, “In da Club.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Herb Lienau and Super Fun Happy Slide! I got to play bars and open for Greg Ginn, Agent Orange, Kyuss and a slew of other great bands at the tender age of 16.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

“Why, Michael Jackson? Why?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“I Miss My Homies,” Master P.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Ahhhh! Kyuss' Blues for the Red Sun, Hed PE's Broke, Nirvana's Bleach. I don't know! That's like asking who’s my best friend! Please don’t kill me!

What song should everyone listen to right now?

The Spider-Man cartoon theme by The Ramones. (Scroll down to hear it!)

Published in The Lucky 13