Ever wonder what it would sound like if Southern rock met screamo? Meet Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
. Originally started in 2004 by former Underoath singer Dallas Taylor, the conceptual band's lyrics revolve around the life of a Prohibition-era gangster named Ma Barker, whose tales are told via buzzsaw guitars, down-home swagger and vocals that could scrape the paint off the walls of a speakeasy. The band lists Neurosis, Merle Haggard and Jesus Christ as influences on their MySpace page; a listen to its latest disc, II
, confirms that's a pretty accurate description of Maylene's red-blooded brand of rock. Judge for yourself when the band comes to town. Just be sure not to get too close, or you might end up going home in a box.